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Dale Hunter was the fastest coach in Ontario Hockey League history to reach 400 victories, doing so in 599 games with the London Knights, before he agreed in November 2011 to take over as coach of the Capitals. Hunter decided not to return for the 2012-13 season.(Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter comes stands in the bench area before the start of the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter comes stands in the bench area before the start of the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee (left) stands on the outside of the circle of reporters as they ask questions of Dale Hunter during the Washington Capitals' last "Media Day" at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee (left) stands on the outside of the circle of reporters as they ask questions of Dale Hunter during the Washington Capitals' last "Media Day" at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter answers questions from reporters during the Caps' last Media Day at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Monday, May 14, 2012, following their elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 7 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinals again the New York Rangers. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter answers questions from reporters during the Caps' last Media Day at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Monday, May 14, 2012, following their elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 7 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinals again the New York Rangers. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter is seen here on March 15, 2012, during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter talks with his team on the bench before the start of the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals coach Dale Hunter's demeanor never seems to waver, which his players see as a positive trait when the pressures of the playoffs are greatest. As a player, Hunter brought a fiery temperament to the ice. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter reacts to the replay of a questionable foul in the third period as the Washington Capitals lose to the New York Rangers, 2-1, in triple overtime in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) listened to strategy from Dale Hunter during Hunter's first game as coach Nov. 29. Ward, signed to a four-year, $12 million free agent contract, finished the regular season with six goals and 12 assists. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter is seen here on March 15, 2012, during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Dale Hunter was the fastest coach in Ontario Hockey League history to reach 400 victories, doing so in 599 games with the London Knights, before he agreed in November 2011 to take over as coach of the Capitals. Hunter decided not to return for the 2012-13 season.(Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Mark Hunter has called the shots on the bench for the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights since his brother, Dale, was hired to coach the Capitals on Nov. 28. The Knights have gone 29-13 in Dale Hunter's absence. (Craig Glover/Special to The Washington Times)

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Steven Stamkos' game-winning goal against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night came on a steal and a breakaway, the type of off-man situations coach Dale Hunter is trying to eliminate. (Associated Press)

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The Washington Capitals won just five of their first 12 games since Dale Hunter was named coach on Nov. 29. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has been a key member of the improved penalty kill under coach Dale Hunter. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

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Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter has a word with his captain Alex Ovechkin (8) in the third period as the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburg Penguins at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, Thursday, December 1, 2011. The Penguins won 2-1. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)