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Cooper, like McPhee, has a law degree, though he closed his practice in 2003 to focus on coaching. He said he met McPhee and Boudreau through former Caps PR director Nate Ewell at the 2010 draft in Los Angeles. Whether there are upcoming conversations about coaching the Caps remains to be seen, but with McPhee seemingly in no rush to make a move and Cooper now available to talk, the possibility exists.

Cooper was hired for the Norfolk job Aug. 9, 2010, and in fewer than two years was celebrating a championship. The New Jersey Devils hired coach Peter DeBoer on July 19, 2011, and he was two victories from winning the Stanley Cup.

Whether Cooper is a perfect fit for Caps will be decided in the coming weeks.

“There’s a lot of good coaches out there. I just think you’re talking about a guy who has a track record and a good situation to go to,” Herter said. “I think he’d do a heck of a job. He’ll find a way. He’s that kind of kid.”