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Ovechkin on Trotz leaving Capitals: ‘It’s sad but it’s business’

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Alex Ovechkin says he was surprised by Barry Trotz’s decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals but he’s grateful for their time spent together. “It’s hard when it happened right away, you know?” Ovechkin said in an interview with NHL.com. “First of all, thanks to him for being with us, to give us a chance to win the Cup. All of what he did was only for the team, not for personal-wise. But I’m pretty sure he will be fine and he will find what he wants. “It’s sad, but it’s a business. We can’t decide who’s going to be in and who’s going to be out.” Trotz resigned less than two weeks after leading the Capitals to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. In a press conference after the announcement, general manager Brian MacLellan said Trotz was looking for a substantial raise and the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract. “His representative wants to take advantage of Barry’s experience and Stanley Cup win and was trying to negotiate a deal that compensates him as one of the better coaches in the league, top four or five coaches,” MacLellan said. “I think the five-year term is probably a sticking point. You have a coach that’s been here four years, you do another five, that’s nine years. There’s not many coaches that have that lasting ability. It’s a long time and it’s a lot of money to be committing to a coach.” In four years with Trotz behind the bench, the Capitals won the Metropolitan Division title three times and the Presidents’ Trophy twice. In 2016, Trotz won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Alex Ovechkin"

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