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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)

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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 center Jay Beagle walks back to the locker room after warming up before the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of first-round playoff hockey at Verizon Center in Washington on Thursday, April 19, 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 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 goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the second period of Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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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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Captain Alex Ovechkin contemplates the Capitals' second-round defeat while Brooks Laich looks on as streamers fall from the rafters at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Washington has yet to advance as far as the conference finals in the Ovechkin era. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save in the second period of Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reacts after his season ended as the Caps lost Game 7 of the second-round series to the New York Rangers, 2-1, on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)