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The Washington Capitals were on the clock to find a new coach since May 14. They needed a replacement for Dale Hunter, but general manager George McPhee was in no rush.
Each coach the Washington Capitals have hired in recent years has brought something different to the table. Bruce Boudreau made a moribund club exciting by teaching it, in almost Don Coryell fashion, to Unleash the Offensive Fury. Dale Hunter was brought in last November to instill toughness and responsibility, and the Caps' gritty play in the postseason suggests they've progressed in that area.
Once again, a Washington Capitals leadership baton is passed from Dale Hunter to Adam Oates.
Everyone knew the Washington Capitals needed a different approach when Dale Hunter announced he wasn't returning. Defensive, shot-blocking hockey had some success, and Bruce Boudreau's previous style of run-and-gun hockey had a little, too.
Dean Evason this week took the job at the helm of the Milwaukee Admirals, the Nashville Predators' American Hockey League affiliate, after a seven-year stint as an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals. It's the next step for him to become an NHL coach, though he would have loved to get that chance with the Caps.
Benjamin Franklin made it famous that nothing in life can be certain except death and taxes. So even as the NHL schedule was released Thursday, there's no guarantee it'll play out as scheduled.
The Norfolk Admirals just returned home from Toronto on Monday after capturing the American Hockey League's Calder Cup, and more celebrations are set for Wednesday. So coach Jon Cooper has been a little busy.
It was obvious from the outside and even more so to Mike Knuble that he wouldn't be back with the Washington Capitals next season. Perhaps it was clear when he was a healthy scratch in the middle of the season and leading up to the trade deadline, but the veteran right wing knew long before that.
Now you know what it's like, Washington Capitals fans, to be on the receiving end of a Dale Hunter crosscheck — right in the snout.