Trotz, Beagle, Grubauer erased from Caps Cup memories

Brian Tinsman
October 03, 2018 - 9:26 pm

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Jay huh? Barry who? Philipp...doesn't ring a bell.

The Washington Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup Trophy one last time on Wednesday night before returning it to its NHL handlers and raising the championship banner at the Capital One Arena.

The evening was highlighted with several 2017-18 montage videos that plucked at the heartstrings of Capitals fans and relived the Stanley Cup glory one last time.

Conspicuously missing from any video were a number of familiar faces from last year's squad:

The message is clear: these people are gone and forgotten.

Barry Trotz is now head coach of the New York Islanders, enjoying a paycheck that he wanted to collect in Washington. The Caps elected not to give him a significant raise after 

Jay Beagle was the team's biggest free agent loss, taking his skills across the continent to play for the Vancouver Canucks. But last season, he appeared in 23 playoff games and scored eight points, going +7 during his time on the ice. He was a mainstay in this lineup for a decade and is not worth a mention on Banner Night.

Phillipp Grubauer may not have been a major factor in the playoffs, as he was replaced early by Braden Holtby. But he was a regular in the lineup at the end of the season, helping the Caps close out the season on a high note while Braden worked through some inconsistencies. He was dealt for a second-round pick, which cleared salary cap room to be used for John Carlson. 

All of these people are currently employed by other teams and are not part of the Caps' picture looking forward. However, on a night dedicated to last year's success, it seems incomplete to ignore them.


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