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Caps assistant Lambert misses out on head coaching job in Colorado

Caps assistant Lambert misses out on head coaching job in Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche have hired Jared Bednar as the new head coach, the team formally announced Thursday, meaning that Caps assistant Lane Lambert will likely be staying in Washington for the upcoming season.

Lambert interviewed for the job in Colorado and, according to a report from The Denver Post that came out on Wednesday, was considered a finalist.

Colorado GM Joe Sakic pared his list from the original list of six candidates, according to the report, and Lambert and Bednar, head coach of the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), “were back on top of the evolving list.” Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen also remained a “strong candidate.”

Colorado’s head coaching position opened when Patrick Roy unexpectedly resigned earlier this month.


In order to interview Lambert, the Avalanche needed the Capitals’ permission. 

Sakic and Lambert crossed paths (briefly) as teammates on the Quebec Nordiques in 1988-89—Sakic’s rookie season.

Lambert, 51, has been an assistant under Capitals head coach Barry Trotz for five seasons, including the past two in Washington. He’s held head coaching positions in junior and the AHL, where he served as the Milwaukee Admirals’ bench boss from 2006-2011. The Admirals won 41 or more games and made the playoffs in each of Lambert’s four seasons as head coach.  


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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?


NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.


Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!