Caps promote MacLellan to GM, name Trotz head coach


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Arlington, VA ( - The Washington Capitals promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager, and named Barry Trotz as the new head coach on Monday.

MacLellan becomes the sixth general manager in team history, spending the past 13 seasons with Washington and the last seven as assistant general manager, player personnel.

Trotz comes to the team from Nashville, where he coached the Predators for their first 15 seasons before being let go following this past campaign.

The two will be formally introduced at a press conference on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. (et).

The two replace former general manager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates, both of whom were let go following this past season that saw the Capitals miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.

As assistant GM, MacLellan oversaw Washington's professional scouting staff and closely interacted with the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, which won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009, 2010. He was a pro scout for the Capitals from 2000-03 before being named director of player personnel.

During his playing time in the NHL, he won a Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989 and totaled 413 points over 606 games with five different teams.

"I am extremely honored and excited about the opportunity I have been given with the Capitals," said MacLellan. "Over the course of my career I have worked in acquiring the necessary skills to excel in this position. We have built a solid foundation, and I look forward to implementing my ideas to get us back to competing for the Stanley Cup."

Trotz is the 17th head coach in Washington history, and he was the longest tenured head coach in the NHL before being let go by the Predators.

"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."

He ranks third all-time in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise, is 15th on the NHL's coaching victories list and fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas). He was twice nominated for the Jack Adams award as the NHL's top coach in 2010 and 2011.

Trotz took the Predators to the playoffs seven times during his tenure, but the team never made it out of the semifinals round, winning just two playoff series in all.

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