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Todd Reirden Fired

The team announced a change behind the bench after a second-straight first-round exit.

Washington Capitals v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

Per the team, the Capitals have fired head coach Todd Reirden:

The Washington Capitals have relieved head coach Todd Reirden of his coaching duties, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” said MacLellan. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Reirden, 49, was the 18th head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 89-46-16 record from 2018-20.

And so the search for the franchise’s 19th head coach begins.

More later...