Cap­i­tals pro­mote Reirden to head coach to re­place Trotz

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AR­LING­TON, VA. » When Barry Trotz re­signed, the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals didn’t even bother with a coach­ing search.

There was only one can­di­date and he got the job.

Top as­sis­tant Todd Reirden will take over the Stan­ley Cup-cham­pion Cap­i­tals, pro­moted from the bench on Fri­day in a move that al­lows Wash­ing­ton to main­tain a sense of con­ti­nu­ity. Reirden coached the de­fense­men the past four sea­sons, was a fi­nal­ist for an­other NHL head job two years ago, earned a pro­mo­tion to as­so­ciate coach and played a sub­stan­tial role in the first cham­pi­onship in fran­chise his­tory.

“We feel that the time is right for Todd to lead our hockey club,” gen­eral man­ager Brian MacLel­lan said. “Based on his coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ties, his ap­proach to the game and the re­spect he com­mands in our locker room, we feel that Todd has earned this op­por­tu­nity.”

MacLel­lan hopes pro­mot­ing Reirden from within will al­low the team to “tran­si­tion seam­lessly into next sea­son and be­yond.”

Given his four-year ten­ure on Trotz’s staff and the league-wide view of him as a ris­ing star in coach­ing, Reirden was the only one in­ter­viewed for this job. He was hired less than two weeks after Trotz re­signed and eight days after the vet­eran Cup-win­ning coach joined the New York Is­landers.

The 47-year-old for­mer de­fense­man coached the Amer­i­can Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scran­ton Pen­guins for parts of two sea­sons be­fore serv­ing as an NHL as­sis­tant with Pitts­burgh for four years.

Kempny re-signs with Cap­i­tals for $10M, 4 years

AR­LING­TON, VA. » De­fense­man Michal Kempny has re-signed with the Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Cap­i­tals for $10 mil­lion over four years.

Wash­ing­ton picked up Kempny from the Chicago Black­hawks at the trade dead­line for a 2018 thir­dround draft pick.

He was help­ful dur­ing the Cap­i­tals’ post­sea­son run to their first ti­tle, get­ting two goals and three as­sists while av­er­ag­ing more than 17½ min­utes per game as a top-four de­fense­man.

Doughty stays with Kings

EL SEGUNDO » De­fense­man Drew Doughty has agreed to an eightyear con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2026-27 sea­son to stay with the Los An­ge­les Kings.

Doughty has been among the NHL’s top de­fense­men through­out a 10-year ca­reer spent en­tirely with the Kings. He won the Nor­ris Tro­phy as the league’s best de­fense­man in 2016, and he has been a fi­nal­ist for the award in three other sea­sons, in­clud­ing 2017-18.

Doughty played a ma­jor role in the Kings’ Stan­ley Cup tri­umphs in 2012 and 2014.

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