25 years ago, defenseman Larry Murphy passed ahead to the wide-open Dale Hunter, who streaked in from center ice and beat Flyers goalie Ron Hextall for the goal that remains the most memorable ever scored by a Cap at home.
Calle Johansson has been called a ‘fearless competitor’ with a ‘high on-ice IQ’. Now, after being reunited with Adam Oates on the coaching staff, Coach Johansson looks to teach his skills as a two-way defenseman to a Capitals franchise that is coming into its prime years.
New Washington Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates re-familiarized himself with the D.C. listening audience Thursday with an appearance on the Sports Junkies. Although he may be familiar with the nation’s capital, he tells the guys that a lot has changed since he was a player here.
Coming off being scratched for the first 12 of the Capitals’ 14 playoff games in their 2012 playoff run, Jeff Halpern now puts his hometown in the rear-view again. The 11-year veteran and Potomac, Maryland native was told by general manager George McPhee that he will not be re-signed before the start of Free Agency July 1.
In less than 48 hours Capitals goalie Braden Holtby not only dealt with a disappointing game seven loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but also the surprising news that the man who helped lead them there is leaving.
Dale Hunter won’t be back with the Capitals next season as the players spoke about losing their head coach and where the team will go from here.
There’s no need for McPhee, who hasn’t hired a coach during an offseason in a decade, to make a hasty decision. The draft, with which Hunter is willing to help, isn’t for a month and training camp doesn’t start until September.
The General Manager of the Washington Capitals announced Monday afternoon that Head Coach Dale Hunter will not be returning to the team for the 2012-2013 season.
Game 7 losses can be especially tough, but with all these question marks to address heading into the off-season, the toughest part very well could be deciding. And perhaps the man faced with the toughest decision to make is the same man who got the team this far into the playoffs. Will Dale Hunter stick around to continue what he started in D.C. or head North to return to his old life in Canada?
The Washington Capitals season came to a close Saturday night at Madison Square Garden thanks to Brad Richards, Michael Del Zotto and the New York Rangers who advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7.
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