Trotz’s departure brings Caps’ fanbase back down to earth

WASHINGTON — Eleven days after leading the Washington Capitals to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, Coach Barry Trotz is skating out the door.

And a fanbase still hung over from a dayslong Cup celebration is brought back down to earth. The Caps need themselves a new coach before they can even think of going, in the words of T.J. Oshie, “back to back … back to back.”

“I think it’s a travesty,” said Dale, a fan from D.C. “Who wins a Stanley Cup, and then just, I don’t know, walks away from it?” (Answer: A Stanley Cup-winning coach in a contract year.)

Paul, another D.C. resident, hopes it’s just another instance of a hockey coach playing another game altogether — hardball. “I hope it’s some negotiating ploy,” he said.

To that point, Jason hopes the Caps’ front office does what it takes to keep him in town, no matter how many zeroes it involves.

“We finally got all the chemistry right, obviously,” Jason said. “Pieces were clicking together — Stanley Cup champions, first time in franchise history. Why mess with a good thing?”

On Twitter, the reaction ranged from the hot-takey …

… to the .gif-fy …

… to the simply unhappy.

Such is the way of the world: Team success begets individual success, which begets an individual asking himself, “Hey, why am I getting paid fewer millions than Claude Julien is?”

Meanwhile, a legion of amateur New York sports pundits are eagerly rubbing their hands, hoping to make D.C.’s loss their gain.

Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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