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Five things to know about Todd Reirden, the next Capitals head coach

Five things to know about Todd Reirden, the next Capitals head coach

Almost two weeks after Barry Trotz resigned as head coach, the Washington Capitals promoted from within, naming top assistant Todd Reirden to the post.

He was the only person the Caps interviewed for the job. Reirden has overseen the Washington blue line since 2014, a period in which the Capitals ranked second in goals against average (2.45). Defenseman John Carlson became the first to finish in the top-10 among defenseman scoring under Reiden with 68 points, adding to a 176-point total for the Caps’ defense.

It might be an unsettling time for Capitals fans nervous to lose their head coach so soon after winning it all. But by promoting Reirden rather than hiring from...

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