Following the Capitals’ loss in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals last Saturday, the thoughts of many people immediately turned to Washington head coach Dale Hunter. Would he be back? Would he choose to come back, or would General Manager George McPhee make the decision for him?
Monday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, we all found out. McPhee announced at his end-of-season media availability that Hunter would, in fact, not be back as the head coach of the Capitals, deciding instead to return home to London, Ontario. And that was that.
With Hunter’s departure, however, the Capitals don’t have a coach. They need one, the sooner the better. To set the stage for the appointment of the next coach, I’ve prepared a list of job requirements, or qualities, that I’d like to see in the next Washington bench boss.
The ability to fix Alex Ovechkin: As we all know, Capitals winger and captain Alex Ovechkin is a shell of his former self. Ovechkin’s point output plummete...