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Trotz confident he'll be back as coach of Capitals next season

Says 'we'll get something done' about contract after Stanley Cup parade

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

WASHINGTON -- Barry Trotz is confident he'll return as coach of the Washington Capitals next season.

"We'll talk," he said Tuesday following a parade and rally to celebrate the Capitals' first Stanley Cup championship. "We're going to enjoy this with the players. I love the players, I love D.C., my family loves it here. We'll get something done."

During a speech on stage at the National Mall, Trotz also said, "We're going to do it again," referring to a second straight championship.

Trotz in the final season of his contract coached the Capitals to the Stanley Cup for the first time since they entered the NHL in 1974. They defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Final on Thursday.

Video: Trotz speaks at the Caps' championship parade

After that game, Trotz said he had spoken to general manager Brian MacLellan about a new contract: "I said to Brian, 'There's no reason that I don't want to be there.'"

That night, MacLellan said of Trotz, "He's under contract until July 1 and he just won a Stanley Cup. If he wants to be back, he'll be back."

Trotz is 205-89-34 in 328 games during four seasons with the Capitals. Washington has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of those four seasons, has finished first in the Metropolitan Division in each of the past three, and won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champion in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Trotz won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year in 2015-16.

Trotz, who turns 56 on July 15, is fifth in NHL history with 762 wins, 20 behind Al Arbour for fourth place. Trotz was 557-479-100 with 60 ties during 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators from 1998-2014 before joining the Capitals.

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