Capitals hire Barry Trotz as head coach

The Washington Capitals have hired Barry Trotz to be their head coach.

On Monday the Nationals hired Trotz. He was let go by the Nashville Predators at the end of the season while the Capitals fired Adam Oates.

The Capitals also promoted Brian MacLellan to the role of general manager after he spent the last 13 seasons as an assistant general manager in charge of player personnel. He takes over the position which had previously been held by George McPhee.

“We have witnessed his abilities firsthand, and we have tremendous respect for how he manages people and situations,” owner Ted Leonsis said in a statement. “We feel he has relevant, in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of our franchise and will be forceful in addressing them.”

“I am very excited to join the Washington Capitals and want to thank Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for this opportunity,” said Trotz. “This is a great organization with a strong foundation and a tremendous fan base. I look forward to working with this group of talented players and the quality front office staff this team has assembled.”

A press conference for the two will take place on Tuesday.