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George McPhee: Capitals done interviewing coach candidates

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PITTSBURGH | George McPhee wanted to do his due diligence and take his time in finding the next coach of the Washington Capitals. But that process is on to the next step now.

“We’re done with all of the interviews and everything else,” the Caps’ general manager said. “We’ll have to make a decision here in the next little while.”

McPhee admitted the Caps “talked to a lot of people,” and the names have been appearing all over the place. Ex-Chicago Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland got an interview, The Washington Times confirmed, and Norfolk Admirals coach Jon Cooper is also under consideration. The other guy reportedly in the mix is New Jersey Devils assistant Adam Oates.

McPhee last week understandably did not want to discuss names, but those three have been the most prominent in numerous published reports. He said Friday night that the Caps would switch gears back to the coach process after the conclusion of the NHL draft Saturday.

“The issue is not trying to find a competent guy, because there are lots of them,” McPhee said. “It’s which one’s the best.”

McPhee said Saturday that he still had some questions to ask, not of the candidates but of people who know them. He said everything “might” be wrapped up this week.

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