Smith-Pelly: Todd Reirden 'keeps it super, super light'

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The differences between Capitals coaches past and present, Barry Trotz and Todd Reirden, are becoming more clear to the players.

"I think systematically it's pretty relatively similar," said Caps winger during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance, presented by F.H. Furr. "I mean the penalty kills change – that's just the new assistant coach."

"The difference is, Barry, he has a good personality, he's great," Smith-Pelly explained. "But Todd keeps it super, super light. He's yelling, he's banging his stick on the boards during the practices.

"And during games, when we get a chance that's close, he'll yell out like, 'Oh!' or stuff like that. So he's really into it. Brings like a different life to the bench and the practices."

The only question is, will the difference in demeanor lead the Caps to the same result?