Barry Trotz as a coach and Brian MacLellan promoted to senior vice president and general manager, majority owner Ted Leonsis and President Dick Patrick at Washington Capitals team revealed on Monday. Trotz will replace coach Adam Oates, who was fired April 25, 2014 and MacLellan will replace George McPhee, who did not have his contract renewed.
Barry Trotz (51-year-old) – becomes the 17th coach in Capitals history after spending 15 seasons as coach of the Nashville Predators. He was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL and the only coach in Predators history. Also he ranks 15th on the NHL coaching victories list and fourth among active coaches behind Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks; 706), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues; 657) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars; 611).
MacLellan, (55-year-old), becomes the sixth general manager in Capitals history after spending the past 13 seasons with Washington, seven as assistant general manager, player personnel. In his earlier role, MacLellan oversaw the professional scouting staff and worked closely with the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, who won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010. MacLellan served as a pro scout for the Capitals from 2000-03 and was promoted to director of player personnel, assisting and advising the general manager in all player-related matters.
The Capitals were 38-30-14, ninth in the Eastern Conference, and did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.