The Washington Capitals officially announced the hiring of Reid Cashman as the new assistant coach under Todd Reirden today. The also announced the addition of Scott Ariel to the coaching team. Cashman will likely pick up the duties of defenseman coach. He was the Hershey Bear’s assistant coach since July 2016. The previous five years he was the assistant and associate coach to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats, known for turning out good NHL prospects like Chase Priskie who was just at Development Camp.
Cashman knows how to work with, and communicate with, developing players. Key attributes general manager Brian MacLellan said he liked in Reirden. Cashman was himself a top college-level defenseman who went on to play for the Toronto Marlies and other AHL teams before becoming an assistant coach. With Reirden moving up the head spot, the Caps need a good guy to work with the defense. Looks like that is Cashman, who already has a relationship with many of the younger defenseman, is the perfect fit.
Reid and his wife Stefanie should be making the move to DC soon.
Regarding Arneil, the Capitals press release describes his five seasons as an associate coach with the New York Rangers and a long list of positive attributes that will only be good for the Capitals.
Arniel brings more than 15 years of professional coaching experience, which includes serving as head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-12. In addition, the Kingston, Ont., native compiled a 218-136-21-21 record in five seasons as head coach in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves and the Manitoba Moose. Arniel guided the Moose to the Calder Cup Finals in 2009 after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points to finish atop the AHL standings. Arniel captured the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the AHL Coach of the Year.