The Washington Capitols are reportedly close to hiring Barry Trotz as their new bench boss, but the team still doesn’t have a new general manager. Hiring a new coach before a new GM is a rare move but Elliot Freidman of CBC reports that the Capitals and owner Ted Leonsis have their prospects narrowed down.
The Capitals have talked to or interviewed around 10 people for the position. The most curious one is Capitals assistant GM Brian MacLellan and he’s the guy Friedman hints could be the top choice.
“According to several sources, the current assistant GM was involved in the Trotz interviews and helped show him around the U.S. capital. It is unlikely someone on the way out would be so heavily involved. When this process started, his hiring would be a surprise. Not anymore.”