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Washington Capitals Name Tim Hunter Assistant Coach
July 23rd, 2012 at 12:52 PM
While the 2012-13 NHL season remains a mystery, the Washington Capitals are ready to go. George McPhee announced this morning that Tim Hunter will fill out the Capitals coaching staff, joining Adam Oates and Calle Johansson. Longtime Caps fans surely remember that Hunter was also an assistant coach alongside Ron Wilson...

Addition of Calle Johansson Provides Ideal Instruction for Defensive Core
July 20th, 2012 at 10:08 PM
1,109 career NHL games. 416 assists. 535 points. 13 campaigns with more than 30 points in 17 seasons. Yeah, I'd want Calle Johansson to be my coach if I was a defenseman in the NHL. Adam Oates hired the first of his two assistants on Wednesday morning when George McPhee announced that...

Washington Capitals Name Calle Johansson Assistant Coach
July 18th, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Mike Green created a buzz of controversy surrounding his comments after signing a 3-year, $18.25 million contract with the Washington Capitals on Monday. When asked if he could reach the 70-point plateau for the third time in his career, Green didn't hesitate. "One hundred percent and it will be next year,”...

With Adam Oates Coaching the Washington Capitals, Will Alex Ovechkin Move to Right Wing?
June 27th, 2012 at 12:18 AM
***PHOTO1*** It was quite the Tuesday for Adam Oates. At 9:16 EST this morning, TSN's Darren Drager broke the news that Oates would become the 16th head coach of the Washington Capitals. A few hours later at 12:44, the Capitals made the official announcement regarding the hiring of the former superstar who...

Adam Oates Hired as Head Coach of Washington Capitals
June 26th, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Thanks, Darren Drager. As first reported by the TSN hockey insider and now officially confirmed by the Washington Capitals, Adam Oates has been hired as the next head coach of the Washington Capitals. I'm not gonna gloat to those who heavily opposed this article that pushed for Oates to be the next...

Dale Hunter Returns to Coach London Knights
June 19th, 2012 at 6:33 PM
In what was more of a formality than anything else, the London Knights announced earlier today that Dale Hunter would resume his coaching duties behind the bench this fall. Hunter resigned from his position with the Capitals on May 14 after a surprising playoff run that included the dethroning of the...

Assistant Coach Dean Evason Hired to Coach AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals
June 19th, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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...

Why Adam Oates Should Coach the Washington Capitals
June 13th, 2012 at 11:02 PM
My bad. When the first part of Capitals 101's offseason plan was published, veterans Bob Hartley and Paul Maurice were listed as the top two candidates to replace Dale Hunter. The problem with those choices is that it was based on who I thought was the best coach available, not the...

Work in Progress: Washington Capitals Free Agent Targets and Draft Prospects
May 19th, 2012 at 5:52 PM
***PHOTO1*** This is part three (of three) of a series of articles featuring Capitals 101's thoughts on the Washington Capitals offseason plan. Part one concerns the selection of a new bench boss, and part two takes a look at the restricted and unrestricted free agent situation. After selecting a new head coach...

Work in Progress: Washington Capitals’ Offseason Plan (Part One)
May 16th, 2012 at 4:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** This may be the most difficult offseason that George McPhee will endure since he became GM of the Washington Capitals in 1998. The Capitals exceeded (late-season) expectations in getting one win away from their first Conference Final appearance since that '98 Cup run. However, the end result was still a second-round...

Washington Capitals’ Dale Hunter Steps Down as Head Coach
May 14th, 2012 at 12:45 PM
***PHOTO1*** Well that didn't take long. Two days after the Washington Capitals were eliminated in Game 7 by the New York Rangers, Dale Hunter has decided he will step down as head coach. The decision comes following speculation that Hunter would return to his family in London after it was reported that...

Dale Hunter is Right: Washington Capitals Should Enjoy Game Seven
April 24th, 2012 at 5:52 PM
***PHOTO1*** This blog will be done in a slightly differing fashion, as it could quite possibly be the last of its kind in the 2011-12 season. One of my favorite writers, ESPN's Matthew Berry, sometimes inserts personal experiences that correlate to the overall theme of his column. Throughout the blog, I...

Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins Game Three: Game Photos
April 16th, 2012 at 11:43 PM
The Caps and Bruins get a little feisty after the second period buzzer, including Zdeno Chara deciding to pick on Mike Green. ***PHOTO1*** There may have not been much bad blood between these two teams before this series, but there sure is now. Karl Alzner gives the linesman a nice right hook...

Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins Series Preview: Coaches Gameplans
April 10th, 2012 at 6:04 PM
We know a playoff result is mainly based on a team's ability to come together for four victories. However, a head coach's gameplan/strategy is instrumental in getting to that final result. It will be no different between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins as Dale Hunter and Claude Julien will have an...

Washington Capitals Dale Hunter’s Powerless Power Play, Nicklas Backstrom in Sweden
March 5th, 2012 at 7:53 PM
***PHOTO1*** The pool of Washington Capitals playoff optimists seems to be shrinking by the day (or shutout), but Capitals 101 is still here standing by the Caps with 17 games to play. May not be the smartest decision, but hey, most of the good things in life come when you least expect...

Former Capitals Goalie Kolzig Speaks Opinion on Alex Ovechkin’s Struggles
February 15th, 2012 at 5:40 PM
***PHOTO1*** As if the Washington Capitals needed any more gossip to circle around the news amidst this three game losing streak. Washington associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig was in attendance at the Caps practice Wednesday, but made more of an impact after he spoke to the media very candidly regarding three touchy...

Former Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau’s Resurrgance with Anaheim Ducks
February 11th, 2012 at 2:51 PM
***PHOTO1*** When Dale Hunter took over for Bruce Boudreau on Nov. 28, the Caps were in 8th place and three points behind the Florida Panthers for first place. Not much has changed in the two and a half months that have followed as Washington currently sits in 9th place in the...

A Final Farewell to Former Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau
December 3rd, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Four years ago during the Thanksgiving holidays, the Washington Capitals were in the midst of a 6-14-1 start with Head Coach Glen Hanlon and lacked any sense of identity. They had missed the playoffs for five straight years and hadn’t won a Southeast Division Title in seven. ***PHOTO1*** General Manager George McPhee...