Long-time Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason wanted a chance to be a head coach in the NHL and was among the candidates who interviewed for the vacancy left by Dale
Hunters departure at the end of the season.
Presumably, Evason was passed over by the Capitals because of his shortage of head coaching experience and on Tuesday he took that step by accepting the position of head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators.
Evason, 47, had spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach of the Capitals, working under Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau and Hunter. He interviewed with Capitals general manager George McPhee but was not offered the job.
Jim Johnson, who was hired by the Capitals after Hunters arrival in November, was also interviewed by McPhee but was passed over.
Evason will be working under Pedators general manager David Poile, who first gave him a shot in the NHL as a player with the Capitals. Evason went on to play 803 NHL games with five different teams.
Dean Evason brings the knowledge, insight and expertise of 20 years of NHL playing and coaching experience to the organization, and we are excited to have him guiding our young players and prospects as our development coach," Poile said in a statement.
"Given his success working with a diverse group of players and coaches, and his ability to alter his style to their strengths, we feel our young players and prospects are in great hands."
First hired by the Capitals in 2005, Evason helped the team compile a 294-206-74 record (.577) in seven seasons. Prior to joining the Capitals, he spent six seasons as a head coach in the Western Hockey League, where he guided the Kamloops Blazers, Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen.
Evason was the Caps third selection, 89th overall, in the 1982 daft and amassed 372 points (139 goals, 233 assists) and 1,002 penalty minutes in 803 NHL games with the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames from 1983-96.
He played with Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton in both the Hartford (1984-86) and San Jose (1991-92) organizations.