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The Washington Capitals announced Friday that associate coach Todd Reirden has been promoted to replace Barry Trotz as the team’s head coach.

It’s the first head-coaching opportunity for Reirden, who was being groomed for the job under Trotz in Washington.

Earlier this week, defenseman John Carlson told reporters he hoped the team would name the 47-year-old Reirden as coach.

The job became vacant when Trotz resigned last Monday following an inability to agree on a new contract. Trotz was hired by the New York Islanders last Thursday.

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