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May 24, 2014 | 6:58pm ET
Trotz set to become Capitals new coach?
TheFourthPeriod.com

It appears the Washington Capitals have found their next head coach before they've brought in a new General Manager.

According to Gary Lawless of Winnipeg Free Press and TSN Radio 1290, the Capitals have locked into an agreement with former Nashville Predators bench boss Barry Trotz.

"Hearing more and more Barry Trotz to Washington is a done deal," Lawless tweeted.

"Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is comfortable with (Capitals President) Dick Patrick making the coaching hire. Patrick and Trotz have a long association."

Trotz spent 15 seasons as the Predators' head coach, compiling a career record of 557-479-60-100 in 1,196 regular-season games.

He, along with Lindy Ruff and Toe Blake, are the only three coaches in NHL history to win 500 games while coaching a single team.

It's unclear if the Capitals are close to hiring a new GM, though they're expected to chat with former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, if they haven't already done so.


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