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Report: Washington interviews ex-Chicago assistant Haviland for head coaching gig

Jun 22, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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Per the Chicago Sun-Times, a league source confirmed that former Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland has interviewed for Washington’s head coaching position.

Haviland was controversially fired in May after a rumored rift within the Chicago coaching staff. The move was surprising because many viewed Haviland as one of the league’s best assistants — he was a finalist for Winnipeg’s head coaching gig last summer — and he was revered by players.

‘‘Havy was an awesome coach,’’ former ‘Hawk Colin Fraser told the Sun-Times. ‘‘I had him for three years as a head coach in the minors. We got along great. He was my favorite coach.”

It’s unclear who else Caps GM George McPhee has interviewed for the head coaching gig, though it’s not the only position he needs to fill. After stating it was unlikely that assistants Dean Evason and Jim Johnson would return for 2012-13, McPhee saw Evason take the head coaching gig with Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

  1. brianforster - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    gmgm is quickly wearing out his welcome with me. i know not enough about the hockey coaching ladder to speculate on who would be a good hire, but this whole situation stinks to me.

    gmgm would be on the street had dale hunter, and more specifically, joel ward, not saved his job.

    he has expressed no urgency in hiring a coach, stating multiple times he was OK with going into the draft without a coach. (last time i checked, the coach and his system should play a pretty big factor in the type of talent you are going to acquire).

    by the way caps fans, we still do not have a second line center, and it has been the top priority heading into the offseason for at least 4 years.

    • dipthatchip - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      we had an awesome 3rd line center in Belanger, GMGM let him walk. Then we had an awesome 2nd line center in Arnott, GMGM let him walk.

      Good think Hamrlik answered the call for a veteran stay-at-home defender this past season, hahahaha.

      We’re totally f@&$#ed

      • brianforster - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        hahaha eric belangers biggest fan over here

  2. capsfan19 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I agree on our pursuing of 2nd line center, but i applaud gm squared. The guy is very professional in how he approaches his objectives. He’s not a loud mouth, etc.

    I mean i’m antsy as hell without a head coach, however, i think it’s more important we search for the most appropriate candidate rather than rushing to a conclusion.

    But yea it will be inteteresting to see how much longer gm square’s dynasty will reign.

    • babykaby - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:22 AM

      It’s funny to me how everyone was saying what a great team GMGM put together this past season, if you all remember they were picked to go to the finals at the start of the season, now you want to dump on this guy because the players didn’t show up for most of the year. With that said, they did make a damn good run at the end. McPhee is a really good GM, and if you would all step back and look at the big picture, he’s done an excellent job.

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