Trotz starts contract talks to return to Caps
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.