- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Randy Carlyle and Glen Hanlon, two veterans with more than 30 years' combined playing time in the NHL, were hired yesterday as assistants for new Washington Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy. Retained was goaltending coach Dave Prior.
Still on the Washington payroll are two of last season's assistants Tim Army and Tim Hunter to fired coach Ron Wilson. Both are being considered for other positions in the organization and one might be named coach of the Portland (Maine) Pirates, a position Hanlon will be vacating.
The coaching staff now includes two former defensemen (Cassidy and Carlyle), a former goalie (Hanlon) and a goalie coach (Prior). None has offensive experience but that did not appear to especially bother general manager George McPhee.
"I wouldn't say that Hanlon is a defensive coach even though he was a goaltender," McPhee said. "He's been running his own bench and has certainly learned all parts of the game. We did want at least one coach who had played defense in the league who could work with our young defense and you can't do much better than the guy we picked, a former Norris Trophy winner."
Cassidy also has been running his own bench for several seasons, and probably will take over scripting the offense, although it remains to be seen how much scripting can be done with improvisational stars like Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra, who pretty much follow their own choreographers.
"Offense comes naturally, that's not something you teach," McPhee said. "You can either score or you can't. What you have to teach is defensive positioning and that's where you need people who specialize."
Carlyle, 46, was a defenseman for 17 seasons in the NHL, playing for Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. He won the Norris Trophy in 1981 with the Penguins, scoring 16 goals and 83 points in the era before Jagr and Mario Lemieux. In more than 1,050 NHL games, he scored 148 goals and 647 points.
He joined the Jets' front office staff in 1993 and most recently has been president and general manager of the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League.
Hanlon, 45, became the answer to a trivia question early in his career when, playing for Vancouver, he allowed Wayne Gretzky's first NHL goal on Oct.14, 1979, a 4-4 tie with Edmonton. "I created a monster," he later said.
He played for the Canucks, New York Rangers, St. Louis and Detroit for 14 years and for the past three seasons has been the coach in Portland. He had a record of 110-101-29 with the Pirates. Prior to that he had been an assistant for eight years with Vancouver.
Notes No arbitration cases had been filed against the Caps as of 5p.m. yesterday. The Caps and an agent for wing Petr Sykora were continuing negotiations last night with a midnight deadline for signing the Czech player. Washington obtained the wing's rights from Nashville during the draft last month.



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