Barry Trotz denies saying he's leaving the Capitals

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz (Getty Pictures)

Elliotte Friedman’s capability to learn lips took successful Thursday.

The Sportsnet hockey reporter triggered a stir when he posted a video in his “31 Ideas” column that confirmed a dialog between Washington coach Barry Trotz and his Columbus counterpart, John Tortorella, in the moments after the Capitals had clinched their first-spherical collection over the Blue Jackets.

Friedman wrote that there are “questions” about Trotz’s future in Washington, and he later defined on air that he thought the Capitals coach stated “I’m gone, I’m gone, I’m not coming again, I’m gone,” whereas shaking Tortorella’s hand. 

Provided that neither coach could possibly be heard in the clip, Friedman needed to depend on his lip-studying expertise to interpret Trotz’s phrases.

With Trotz in the last yr of his contract with the Capitals, hypothesis about his state of affairs has grown. However regardless of Friedman’s interpretation, Trotz denied chatting with Tortorella about his future.

Following Washington’s three-2 loss to the Penguins Thursday, Trotz was requested at the postgame press convention whether or not Friedman’s report was correct. The fifty five-yr-previous stated his contract state of affairs was not the matter of dialogue.

“We have been speaking,” Trotz stated. “We weren’t speaking about that.”