It’s time for another round of NHL rumours as we near the end of the week. We’re into the final four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the non-playoff teams are making news, too. Some teams like the Anaheim Ducks are in the middle of a coaching search. The New York Rangers, Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets are also looking for a new bench boss. Today’s NHL rumours deals with the Washington Capitals coach search.
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Update on Washington Capitals Coach Search
Rumour: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman offered an update on the Washington Capitals coach search on the latest 32 Thoughts podcast. Friedman said two assistant coaches may catch the eyes of general manager Brian MacLellan. The two names are Tampa Bay Lightning assistant Jeff Halpern and Toronto Maple Leafs assistant Spencer Carbery.
32 Thoughts news pod — Arizona reaction, GM/coach opening updates. Great answers to terrible questions directed at Comcast Spectacor Chairman & CEO Daniel Hilferty (including some strong job-interview advice). Links to your preferred platform, here: https://t.co/io7Mr1QEpm
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 17, 2023
Halpern has a history with the Caps, as he played for the club from 2000-04 and had a second stint in the 2011-12 season. He was one of the main candidates in the Detroit Red Wings search. However, general manager Steve Yzerman went with Derek LaLonde. Carbery is also familiar with the organization due to him coaching the AHL Hershey Bears. Hershey is the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The 41-year-old went to the Leafs to help assist head coach Sheldon Keefe.
Who Could be the Next Washington Capitals Coach?
Both names are two of the more respected assistants in the league. Halpern has been in the mix for a number of jobs and will get a chance sooner rather than later. Carbery reportedly got an interview with the Ducks, so he may get a job down the line.
The Caps are looking to replace Peter Laviolette behind the bench, but aren’t devoid of talent. Washington still has Alex Ovechkin and a number of talented players. A few adjustments and a new voice could lead the team back into the post-season.
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