The Washington Capitals held a press conference today to official announce the hiring of Barry Trotz as their new head coach and the promotion of Brian MacLellan as their new General Manager. Here are some highlights from the press conference.
#Caps Leonsis says he only shook MacLellan’s hand a few times before this process, says he wasn’t part of the exit interviews
— Sky Kerstein (@SkyKerstein) May 27, 2014
This struck me as interesting. Curious as to how Leonsis 13 years without really knowing MacLellan, especially knowing that Leonsis is such a hands-on owner.
“Brian’s interview was very straight forward. Led off with things Leonsis can do to be a better owner.” – Leonsis — Steven Sullivan (@StevenJSully) May 27, 2014
Liked hearing this. Brian MacLellan is clearly not a yes man. That was arguably one of George McPhee‘s biggest flaws.
Only coach Caps talked to was Barry Trotz.#CapitalsTalk
— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) May 27, 2014
Means that Barry Trotz was the Washington Capitals’ number one candidate for head coach from day one.
The team felt like there was a disconnect within the organization. Coach gm and owner need to be in sync
— Adam Stringham (@Stringhama) May 27, 2014
I feel like this was the biggest flaw of George McPhee. Seemed completely disconnected from the head coach and the Washington Capitals organization at times. MacLellan and Trotz seem to be on the same page, which is good to see.
Trotz: I didn’t have enough offense up front in Nashville, so we became a defensive team.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) May 27, 2014
This sums up what I like the most about Barry Trotz. He can adjust his system to fit the players that he has. Should be fun to see what he does with the Washington Capitals.
Brian MacLellan wants to be involved in the evolution of advanced stats. — Steven Sullivan (@StevenJSully) May 27, 2014
MacLellan talked a lot about advanced stats in the press conference. He and Trotz both seem to view advanced stats in the correct manner: As a tool, as opposed to gospel.
I’m curious to see if the Washington Capitals hang on to Brooks Laich. If he’s healthy, he could be a great addition to their bottom six forwards group. His leadership is definitely needed as well.
Overall, I love what was said in the press conference. However, actions speak louder than words. I hope that the Washington Capitals act out what they said today, because I really liked what I heard from Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan.
Let me know what you think in the comments!