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Trotz Resigns; Toews and Weber? Patches, Karlsson, Risto, JvR...more

June 18, 2018, 12:33 PM ET [165 Comments]
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UPDATE - Stanley Cup winning head coach Barry Trotz has resigned from the Washington Capitals.

In a press statement, Trotz said: “After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I’m officially announcing my resignation as head coach of the Washington Capitals. When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital. We had an incredible run the season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans. I would like to thank Mr. Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian Maclellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I would also like to thank our players and staff worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”

On Shea Weber and Jonathan Toews...

This is my exclusive to a degree, and I wish I could tell you my connection to this, because you would all be more interested for sure..but of course I can't. I am not saying these two players are getting moved for each other, or even that they are getting moved at all. I am just saying there have been continued discussions...and they aren't fading at all. Both teams have taken calls and have not yet made decisions...That is newsworthy because of the kind of players we are looking at here....I will continue to monitor...

On JvR and Chicago?

The Leafs could still bring JvR back, but there is little doubt other teams are looking forward to visiting with James next week...One of those teams...The Chicago Blackhawks...

On Pacioretty....

The extension talk is a bit of a smoke screen I am told...there are two teams who would like some assurances about future cap stuff, but I still think a deal gets done with Florida at, or just following, the Draft.

On Erik Karlsson....

I keep hearing more and more about Colorado and Karlsson...A good friend of Karlsson's has also told me he believes it is either Edmonton or Colorado...I keep feeling the Rangers will be a player, but honestly haven't had a single source over the past month or so tell me the Rangers are serious at all...

On Ristolainen...

Still don't believe he is actually moving, but I will say that I am shocked at how many people are telling me they have heard Edmonton, Vancouver, Vegas, and Montreal have talked to Buffalo...already...

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