Philadelphia Flyers associate coach Brad Shaw is still in the running for head coaching vacancies in Anaheim and Washington, according to Anthony Di Marco of The fourth period.
Former Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins was fired in April 2023 after four seasons with the team. The former NHL player turned professional coach never led the Ducks to a record above .500 in the four seasons there and compiled a record of 100-147-44. Eakins had a very successful coaching career in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies and San Diego Gulls, but couldn’t translate that into NHL success.
The Washington Capitals fired Peter Laviolette the same day the Ducks fired Eakins. Laviolette coached the Capitals for three seasons, losing in the first round in each of the first two, then missing the playoffs altogether in the third and final season with the club. Laviolette is one of the most experienced coaches in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06.
That’s been a long time coming for the Flyers’ associate coach. Shaw began his coaching career with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL as an assistant player coach in the late 1990s. He rose through the ranks to become the head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the AHL for three seasons from 2003 to 2005.
Aside from half a season as head coach of the New York Islanders in 2005-06, Shaw has always been behind the bench as an assistant or associate coach in the NHL for the past 15 years. He spent five years as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues, before becoming an associate coach for the next four seasons. He was behind the bench for the club’s 2015-16 Conference Finals.
The next five seasons were spent as assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He then coached for a year for the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant before joining the Flyers as an associate coach last season. Shaw is more than expected to get a good look as an NHL head coach. He could be behind the bench as a head coach next season with the Capitals or the Ducks.