WASHINGTON -- Barry Trotz has been coach of the Washington Capitals for less than two days. He knows his defensive-minded reputation precedes him. He also knows how important offensive-minded forward Alex Ovechkin will be to his success.
Tuesday at his introductory press conference, Trotz did not offer any particular insight into how he might employ the three-time Hart Trophy winner who led the NHL with 51 goals this season, but he's ready to figure it out.
"It starts with a relationship. I know I'm going to work at that, but it can't happen until I have a relationship with him because there's no trust," Trotz said. "To me, Alex has to trust that I'm giving him the best advice for the team, for him to grow his game.
"My job as a coach is to find a way to allow Alex and the other players to reach their potential as a group and be able to play together. One of the very fundamental things, if you have a [kindergartner], they give you your report card and they say, 'Do you play well with others?' My job is to get everybody to play well with the others."