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More coaching change in Washington? McPhee says assistants unlikely to return

Jun 14, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals GM George McPhee met with the media today to discuss the future of his club — a future that could be without the services of Dean Evason and Jim Johnson.

McPhee said “probably not” when asked if Caps’ assistant coaches would return for the 2012-13 season. Evason is the longest-tenured coach on Washington’s staff (since 2005) while Johnson joined last year after Dale Hunter replaced Bruce Boudreau as head coach.

While Johnson’s departure wouldn’t be that shocking — he was tied to the Hunter regime, and the Hunter regime is over — seeing Evason go would be a surprise.

He’d been rumored as a candidate for the head coaching gig and has proven to be a versatile assistant, having coached under three different bench bosses (Glen Hanlon, Boudreau, Hunter) since joining Washington’s staff.

Speaking of Washington’s head coaching gig, McPhee said he had no timetable for a hire and stressed he didn’t need anyone in place by the draft or July 1 free agency period. He noted that New Jersey waited until July 19 last year before hiring Peter Deboer, which worked out well for the Devils.

  1. capsfan19 - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Ugh…… This is such a crappy situation.

  2. dipthatchip - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    yep, we’re boned. maybe if panther and green walk we’ll be ok? or maybe not, haha

  3. stakex - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I doubt the Caps will ever be a champion with George McPhee as the GM. The Caps have changed coaches, changed systems, and even changed players… and still get the same result. The next step is to change GM’s and see if you can get someone in there to better manage the assets they have (you know, someone who won’t try to turn Ovechkin into a shot blocking defensemen).

  4. selldannysell - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    “He noted that New Jersey waited until July 19 last year before hiring Peter Deboer, which worked out well for the Devils.”

    New Jersey also had a real GM who has Stanley Cup Championships — PLURAL — on his resume. McPhee is a waste of space!

    • therealjr - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      That really has nothing to do with it. You can bag on McPhee but the point is there is no disadvantage in waiting until later in the summer to hire the coach.

  5. tonyromoisterrible - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Ted always boasts about having the best team in town, but there are no championships to back up his claims. Leonsis needs to fire McPhee and start over with a whole new front office.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Well, the Caps ARE the best pro team in DC. The Nats are certainly improving, but the Redskins (I still love ya) and the Bullets…ummmm, not so much.

  6. newyorktowashington - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Dean Evason is the obvious choice for head coach. What is wrong with the Capitals management team. They have a dedicated and talented coach available but they appear to be chasing has-beens and high-profile coaches. In Evason, the Capitals have an Olympic Captain, an experienced player, and a tremendously talented coach. The players respond to him and he has shown his flexibility to multiple systems under head coaches with vastly different styles. End the search and give Evason the reigns.

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