When the Capitals named Dale Hunter Head Coach on November 28th, replacing Bruce Boudreau, fans thought this wasn’t supposed to be only a one year quick fix.
But multiple sources tell 106.7 The FAN and The Washington Times that Dale Hunter signed only a one-year contract. Sources say this was done for a few reasons. The first, in case Dale Hunter can’t turn this around and the Capitals want to go in a different direction next season, also, as one source says, this was done in case Hunter wants to go back to the London Knights of the OHL.
Hunter is still co-owner of the London Knights and was their head coach for parts of 11 seasons, including this one, and won the Memorial Cup in 2005.
Hunter, who has his jersey retired with the Capitals, said when he was hired, “This has been my team, I shouldn’t say my team, it’s Ted’s [Ted Leonsis] team, but it feels like my team, because I played here so long and have good memories here.”
The Capitals are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference with 35 points, one point out of the final playoff spot, and are 5-5 with Dale Hunter at the helm but come off a 4-1 victory last night against the Nashville Predators.
A Capitals spokesman declined to comment for this story, citing a team policy against discussing player, coach, or front office contracts.