The Washington Capitals are in uncharted territory, having missed the playoffs for only the second time since 2007, and must figure out how to revamp this roster to make it competitive enough to return to the playoffs and help Alex Ovechkin break it all down. Wayne Gretzky. time goal record. One way they will certainly make changes is in the coaching department, as the team and former head coach Peter Laviolette have gone their separate ways.
Frank Seravalli and Colby Cohen had Capitals writer Stephen Whyno on Daily Faceoff Live to talk about the current situation with their search for coaches and who the potential candidates might be.
Stephen Whyno: It’s quiet but also Brian MacLellan is not very rushed here. I know he wanted to get into the first round of the playoffs and see what was going to happen with guys like Gerard Gallant, potentially Jeff Halpern, a staff assistant to Jon Cooper in Tampa, Spencer Carbery in Toronto, among the names.
It could come out of nowhere, and it really wouldn’t surprise me if someone like Todd Nelson, who’s currently coaching at Hershey right now, already has head coaching experience in the NHL, also take that into account. . He’s coached in the last four of the Calder Cup playoffs in the AHL, and basically Brian MacLellan has a wide range of coaches to choose from. He could look at anyone with experience like Travis Greene or Gerard Gallant, all the way to Jeff Halpern and Spencer Carbery.
It’s fascinating work too, because it’s a team that’s always trying to win, Alex Ovechkin signed three more years, chasing Wayne Gretzky’s record, a team that missed the playoffs this year, but who played the previous eight seasons and still has veteran talent around. Brian MacLellan has a lot of guys signed long-term, but still has a very important summer to figure out what direction this team’s retooling is going to go, and what kind of coach is right for him, if you want someone who’s going to occupy veteran players, or if you want someone who is perhaps better than Laviolette at integrating young players into your roster.
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