Wow… talk about going out on top.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz—or should I say Stanley Cup Champion head coach Barry Trotz—has resigned just 12 days after his team won the NHL’s most sought-after trophy.
"After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals," Trotz said yesterday.
"When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation's capital. We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans. I would like to thank [Capitals owner] Mr. [Ted] Leonsis, [team president] Dick Patrick and [general manager] Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success," he explained.
The Capitals responded in a statement saying they were “obviously disappointed” before thanking him for “all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington.”
So why did he leave?
Well it seems the Caps and Trotz—whose contract was up at the end of this past season—were not able to come to terms on a contract extension.
I guess the Caps were thankful.
Just not that thankful.
Source: SB Nation