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Note - McPhee said the Caps have decided not to renew assistant coach Jay Leach’s contract. Leach was in charge of working with the team’s defensemen. Both Dean Evason (forwards) and Dave Prior (goalies) will be back.

“It was a mutual decision. [Leach] is a great guy and a fine coach,” McPhee said.

This decision likely will give coach Bruce Boudreau an opportunity to hire someone he has had more previous experience coaching with. Leach, Evason and Prior also worked with former bench boss Glen Hanlon.