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Dale Hunter isn’t ready to talk about coaching the Caps next season

May 12, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

Dale Hunter and Brooks Laich Getty Images

The Washington Capitals can keep their heads high after pushing the New York Rangers to the limit in a seven-game series that ended with a 2-1 loss tonight, but GM George McPhee’s head must be full of questions. As this post illustrates, next year’s team could be very different, yet the biggest question revolves around whether Dale Hunter will coach the team in 2012-13.

Most of the time, the decision is out of a coach’s hands, but Hunter’s OHL options mean that he might just call the shot. He told Katie Carrera and others that he hasn’t made up his mind just yet – or at least isn’t telling, as Hunter said now isn’t “the time to talk about that.”

It’s not surprising that he’s reluctant to inform the media of such a decision at this time, but one must imagine that McPhee and the Capitals will want an answer soon enough. Considering the strategic changes he instituted, the decision to bring back one or more of free agents such as Alexander Semin, Mike Green and Dennis Wideman might come down to Hunter’s own decision.

  1. 8man - May 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Yeah? Well who else is going to coach them? Show me a Caps fan who doesn’t want to see this kind of play for 82 games. Knock out the 2 seed and defending champs and then take the conference points leader to game 7. One bounce. One bounce and it’s a whole different situation.

    And what a spectacular post season by Holtby. The kid showed up and gave it all he had. Guts. Guts and grit.

  2. cspsrbums - May 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Alan May would do a good job of leading this team he tells it like it is

    • babykaby - May 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      It’s very easy to be an arm chair quarterback after the fact. I have no doubt Hunter tells it like it is. I’m sure all coaches tell it like it is. Hunter did a great job. He was calm behind the bench and not once did he sell out his players. I surely hope he returns next season so he can finish the job by taking the team further.

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    How is this even a question? I hate Dale Hunter but he clearly earned the spot

  4. brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    When I heard Dale Hunter was hired as Caps coach, I hoped they fall flat on their faces because of the blackeye he gave the NHL when he hit Turgeon. I was surprised the Caps responded by making the playoffs. Now send the bum back to the hole he crawled out of.

    • babykaby - May 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      How many years you going to carry that hate around? It will only give you heart issues. Let it go. Nothing anyone does or says can change what happened.

      • brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Sounds like you’re the one with a problem. Just being antagonistic after your babies lost.

  5. jasaik - May 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    He surprised the heck out of me. Good coach!

  6. jaysfan64 - May 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Hunter doesn’t need this job to define him..he doesn’t need the money…decision is 100% in his court – he’s earned that right….

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