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New coach Trotz sees Cup potential with Capitals

Tuesday - 5/27/2014, 4:31pm  ET

New Washington Capitals NHL hockey coach Barry Trotz, right, jokes with players John Carlson, left, and Braden Holtby after a news conference in Washington, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the Capitals hired former Nashville Predators coach Trotz and promoted Brian MacLellan to general manager. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bonnie Jo Mount) WASHINGTON TIMES OUT; NEW YORK TIMES OUT;THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER AND USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new Washington Capitals coach says the team has what it needs to compete for a Stanley Cup despite missing the playoffs this season.

Barry Trotz said Tuesday that he doesn't see why the Capitals can't be in the mix right away if they can forge a better identity.

The longtime Nashville Predators coach was introduced by the Capitals on Tuesday, along with new general manager Brian MacLellan.

Trotz says he plans to meet with star forward Alex Ovechkin to talk about the team's direction.

Says Trotz: "My job as a coach is to find a way to allow Alex and the other players to reach their potential as a group." Trotz compared the team to a kindergarten class, where kids are graded by how well they play with others.

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