Trotz starts con­tract talks to re­turn to Caps

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Coach Barry Trotz wants to re­turn af­ter lead­ing the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals to the Stan­ley Cup, and gen­eral man­ager Brian MacLel­lan wants to sign the 55-year-old to an ex­ten­sion. Now it’s a mat­ter of them get­ting a deal done. Trotz and MacLel­lan met Wed­nes­day to be­gin dis­cussing a new con­tract. It’s un­com­mon­foranestab­lished coach of a con­tend­ing team to go through a lame-duck sea­son and even rarer for a Cup-win­ner to not be back the next sea­son. “We’ve got lots of good things go­ing,” Trotz said. “We’ll work through what we need to do. If that’s what they want, then some­thing will get done. If not, we’ll deal with that.” MacLel­lan and the Cap­i­tals chose not to ex­tend Trotz last sum­mer af­ter a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Pres­i­dents’ Tro­phy-win­ning sea­son that ended with a sec­ond-round exit at the hands of the even­tual cham­pion Pitts­burgh Pen­guins. Af­ter win­ning the Cup in Las Ve­gas, MacLel­lan said Trotz would be back if he wants to be. At the cham­pi­onship rally Tues­day, Trotz dropped hints of want­ing to re­turn by say­ing, “We’ll do it again” and not­ing af­ter­ward, “We’ll get some­thing done.” He re­it­er­ated Wed­nes­day that he likes the area for his fam­ily and en­joys coach­ing this team. VALOR HON­ORS: Wash­ing­ton de­fen­sive back Fred Obi was named De­fen­sive Player of the Week for his per­for­mance against the Philadel­phia Soul. In his first game with the Valor, Obi recorded three solo tack­les, one pass breakup and a pair of in­ter­cep­tions.

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