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Notes From Washington Capitals Barry Trotz Brian MacLellan Press Conference


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.

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.


Liked hearing this. Brian MacLellan is clearly not a yes man. That was arguably one of George McPhee‘s biggest flaws.

Means that Barry Trotz was the Washington Capitals’ number one candidate for head coach from day one.

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.

I like hearing that, but keep in mind Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter, and Adam Oates all attempted to get the Washington Capitals to play a “two way game” and each of them failed.

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.

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.

Here’s a link to the video of the press conference.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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