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Trotz close to deal to join Caps as head coach

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TORONTO — Dauphin native Barry Trotz is closing in on the head coaching job of the Washington Capitals.

Sources told the Free Press on Saturday Trotz is close to finalizing a deal with the club and could be announced as head coach early in the week.

Trotz, 51, has informed other interested NHL teams he is close to terms with Washington.

Trotz met with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick on Tuesday and left without a deal. The Capitals would like to finalize the hiring of a new GM but don’t want to let Trotz sign elsewhere in the interim.

Leonsis is comfortable with letting Patrick hire Trotz prior to having a GM in place. Paul Fenton and Ray Shero are the frontrunners for the GM job and Trotz has relationships with both men from his time with the Nashville Predators.

Former Jets coach Claude Noel and Trotz are good friends, so it’s no leap to consider Noel a strong candidate to be an assistant on Trotz's staff in Washington.

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