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Monday Caps Clips: Time for a Change

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps move on from Todd Reirden, updates on pending contract extensions and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

I want to thank the Washington Capitals organization for allowing me an opportunity to coach this team, our players for their effort and trust, and the fantastic fanbase for their support not only of me but also for my family. While I’m disappointed that we could not bring another championship to DC, I will always cherish my six years with this organization and our memorable run in 2018. I wish this team nothing but success in the future.

All the best, coach.

  • Brian MacLellan addressed the media about the coaching change yesterday, citing inconsistency and a deterioration in the team’s style of play. [Caps video, NBCSW (and again)]
  • MacLellan also gave updates on Alex Ovechkin’s contract extension talks and the possibility of bringing Braden Holtby back. [NHL, The Score]
  • In firing Reirden just days after being eliminated, the Caps showed something that was lacking in their brief playoff run: urgency. [WaPo]
  • So who takes his place? There are candidates out there, some better than others (and please god not Babcock). [NBCSW, The Score]
  • His team might have exited from the postseason early again, but there’s no question that Alex Ovechkin is an elite leader. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 61st birthday to Gary Sampson, and happy 47th to Andrew Brunette.