A little more than a month after Dale Hunter's departure, long-time Washington Capitals Assistant Coach Dean Evason shrunk the current Capitals bench staff to one after accepting an offer to coach the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals. Assistant Jim Johnson is now the only man of the three that is still employed by the Capitals, but his future is very unclear given the fact that a new coaching staff will be in place.
The Admirals are the Nashville Predators AHL affiliate, having gone 40-29-2 this season while securing a five seed in the playoffs. Milwaukee was then swept in three games in the first round by the Abbotsford Heat.
Evason and Johnson were both interviewed for the Caps open position, but ultimately were told by George McPhee that he was going to go in another direction. (CSN's Gormley) While it's conceivable to believe that Johnson will be on the staff next year, McPhee hasn't been particularly hopefull in either of his assistants coming back.
"Not sure. Probably not. But we'll see,” GMGM told reporters at the end of last week.
Evason was employed in his position for seven seasons, and was hired in the same year as Alex Ovechkin's rookie season. While Caps supporters have been fond of him for years, Evason is mainly known for his profane-laced tirade in the Caps locker room while HBO's 24/7 cameras were rolling. (RMNB beat us to the linking, so gotta give them credit)
Farewell, Dean Evason. If these past seven years are any indication, he will be a successful AHL head coach (possibly beyond) and we all wish the best for his future.
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