Adam Oates admitted earlier in the week he knew what he wanted in his assistants.
“We’ve put a list together, and we’re still in the process,” the Washington Capitals’ coach said. “I’m sure he’ll tell you guys when it’s time.”
That time is approaching. General manager George McPhee confirmed as much Saturday.
“We have made some progress. I hope to have an announcement next week on one of the assistant coaches,” McPhee said. “I think it’s a good fit for the club. I think we’re getting close to wrapping it up. We have agreed and we just have to iron out a few more things.”
According to McPhee, the Caps will “probably have the other” assistant in place in a couple of weeks.
Even with labor uncertainty, having the staff together for preparation is important.
“They’ve got the rest of the summer to work together. So I would expect that to happen, to be all done in the next couple of weeks and then they’ve got all of August to work together and then the early part of September and then we get going,” McPhee said. “So they’d have six weeks to work together. Adam knows what he wants and how he wants to do things. So I don’t think that it takes a long time for the rest of the guys to get up to speed. You have to do one good week of video and they’ll be there.”