The Washington Capitals have named Todd Reirden, an assistant, as the new head coach of the Stanley Cup Champions, as announced on Friday.
Reirden, 47, succeeds Barry Defiance, who resigned on June 18, the New York Islanders three days later
defender Michal Kempny, who was taken over by the Blackhawks at the close, has teamed with Stanley Cup Champion Capitals agreed on a four-year contract.
The Champion Capitals has Devante Smith-Pelly, who had played 75 games last season, been named a one-year contract worth $ 1 million.
"We think the time for Todd to mature is our hockey club," said general manager Brian MacLellan in a statement. "Due to his coaching experience, his communication skills, his approach to the game, and the respect he has in our locker room, we feel that Todd has earned this opportunity."
"Todd played an important role in that To Support Our Team The Stanley Cup championship and we feel seamlessly moved into next season and beyond by being appointed head coach in our organization.
The capitals had trained Reirden, who was responsible for looking after the defenders of the team, and was not allowed to interview other teams last summer.
In the four seasons of Reiden with the team, the Capitals have in the NHL second place with 2.45 goals – against average – A franchise record 2.16
Before joining the Capitals in 2014, Reirde spent four years as assistant coach at the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he helped the team win the Stanley Despite being simply the fifth coach in the past 40 years to not return to a Stanley Cup winner
The move is the latest in a flurry of off-season activity for the team defenders John Carlson and Michal Kempny and winger Devante Smith-Pelly have retained.