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** FILE ** Washington Capitals center Adam Oates skates into position for a faceoff against the Minnesota Wild at the MCI Center in Washington in 2002. (The Washington Times)

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Winger Tom Wilson stands with Washington Capitals officials after being chosen 16th overall in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday, June 22, 2012, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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The Washington Capitals acquired Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars on Friday night for prospect Cody Eakin and their 2012 second-round pick in the NHL draft. (Associated Press)

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Filip Forsberg, a center from Sweden, smiles with officials from the Washington Capitals after being chosen 11th overall in the first round of the NHL draft Friday, June 22, 2012, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Filip Forsberg, a center from Sweden, smiles with officials from the Washington Capitals after being chosen 11th overall in the first round of the NHL draft Friday, June 22, 2012, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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The Washington Capitals acquired Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars on Friday night for prospect Cody Eakin and their 2012 second-round pick in the NHL draft. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason (left) talks with Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Verizon Center in Washington, on Dec. 15, 2010. (Associated Press)

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Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals, fields questions during an editorial board meeting in Washington, DC, Friday, March 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals, fields questions during an editorial board meeting in Washington on March 18, 2011. (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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Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee won't rush to select his team's next coach. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee won't rush to select his team's next coach. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Norfolk Admirals head coach Jon Cooper would be interested in the Washington Capitals' coaching job if he's asked. (Provided by Norfolk Admirals)

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Norfolk Admirals head coach Jon Cooper would be interested in the Washington Capitals' coaching job if he's asked. (Provided by Norfolk Admirals)

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Washington Capitals' Mike Knuble during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Washington Capitals' Mike Knuble during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Former Washington Capitals captain Adam Oates is now in his third year as an assistant coach, and the Caps may be interested in bringing him aboard to be their head coach, though general manager George McPhee is in no rush to hire a new one. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals' D.J. King (17) struggles with Philadelphia Flyers' Jody Shelley (45) as the two fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Former Washington Capitals captain Adam Oates is now in his third year as an assistant coach, and the Caps may be interested in bringing him aboard to be their head coach, though general manager George McPhee is in no rush to hire a new one. (Associated Press)

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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)