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A look at Caps' coaching candidates


A look at Caps' coaching candidates

Head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee have a narrowed their list of potential assistant coaches down to a handful of candidates.

In the past two months the Caps have lost head coach Dale Hunter, who returned to his head coaching duties with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, assistant coach Dean Evason, who took the head coaching job of the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, and Jim Johnson, who was hired Tuesday as an assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks.

The Capitals are in need of an assistant coach who can run their defensive rotations, along with a coach who can assist Oates on special teams and managing the bench.

Here are a handful of candidates for the two vacancies:

Jeff BrownAge: 46
Current position: General manager and head coach, St. Louis Bandits, NAHL
Background: A former NHL defenseman who played for the seven NHL teams, including the Capitals in 1997-98, Brown was teammates with Oates in St. Louis and Washington and was considered one of the leagues most potent offensive defensemen, especially early in his career when he played with Oates. Brown was forced to retire from playing when he suffered a concussion during his only season with the Capitals. He has spent the past three seasons s coach and general manager of the Bandits. He led them to their third consecutive Robertson Cup Championship in 2008-09 season, as well as the NAHL South Division Championship for 2009-10.

Rob ZettlerAge: 44
Current position: Most recently, assistant coach, Toronto Maple Leafs
Background: Zettler played 14 seasons in the NHL for six different teams, closing his career with a three-year stint with the Caps. Zettler and Oates were teammates in those final three years of his career. Zettler went on to be an assistant coach under Ron Wilson in both San Jose and Toronto, spending parts of nine seasons behind an NHL bench. He was relieved of his coaching duties in Toronto when Randy Carlyle took over for Wilson last season.

Tim HunterAge: 51
Current position: Most recently, assistant coach, Toronto Maple Leafs
Background: A hard-hitting right wing, Hunter played 15 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Fames in 1989. He also played for the Nordiques, Canucks and Sharks and ranks eighth on the NHLs all-time penalty list with 3,142. Hunter served five seasons as an assistant coach of the Caps from 1997-2002. He spent the next six seasons as an assistant in San Jose and three more seasons in Toronto. Most of his assistant coaching duties have come under Wilson.

Peter Bondra
Age: 44
Current Position: Most recently, general manager, Slovak national team
Background: Bondra played 14 seasons with the Capitals and is the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 472. He played six seasons with Oates in Washington but has never coached in the NHL. A regular at most Caps home games, Bondra and his family live in Riva, Md.
Phil HousleyAge: 48
Current position: Head coach, Stillwater High School, Minnesota
Background: Housley played 21 seasons in the NHL, including two with the Capitals from 1996-98 when he was teammates with Oates and helped the Caps to the 1998 Cup Final. Housley played for nine different NHL teams and recorded 1,232 points, second-most by an American-born player, but never won a Stanley Cup.

Calle JohanssonAge: 45Current position: Assistant coach, Frolunda HC, Sweden
Background: Johansson played 17 seasons in the NHL and is the Caps all-time leader in games played with 983. After retiring in 2003, he began working as a color commentator in Sweden and remained in that position until 2006 when he was hired as an assistant coach of Frolunda.

Scott StevensAge: 48
Current position: Special assignment coach, New Jersey Devils
Background: Stevens started his Hall of Fame career in Washington, playing eight seasons with the Caps before signing with the St. Louis Blues and playing one season with Oates. Stevens played 13 of his 22 NHL seasons in New Jersey and captained the Devils to three Stanley Cups. He has spent the past four seasons as a special assignment coach for the Devils.

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

It's been a long time in the making, but a local Washington fan finally put the finishing touches on his Capitals-themed tattoo sleeve on Thursday.

Maryland-based fan Leah Carey posted a picture of her father's tattooed arm on Twitter, showing off the finished product.

John Carlson is credited with the final assist, as his signature was the last thing Carey's father needed to complete the tattoo collection. He finally got the signaure when Carlson took the time to autograph his arm after a recent practice. Carey then got it tattooed the following day.

In addition to Carlson's autograph, the sleeve includes various Caps' logos over the years, including their Stanley Cup championship crest.


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With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back with the Capitals following an injury to T.J. Oshie in Game 4, Washington is hoping that DSP will be able to perform similarly to how he did during last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. With seven goals last postseason, including one in the Stanley Cup-clinching game, Smith-Pelly was a vital part of the Capitals' success.

Before he takes the ice in Game 5 on Saturday night, let's revisit some of those goals that made NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the 2018 Stanley Cup run.

17. Devante Smith-Pelly's Game 4 goal vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the first period against the Golden Knights to put the Caps up 3-0 early and secure an eventual 6-3 win for a 3-1 series lead.

14. Smith-Pelly strikes in Game 6 against Columbus

Devante Smith-Pelly's series-clinching tally in Game 6 helped Washington advance to the second round of the 2018 postseason.

13. Smith-Pelly grows the lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly proved to be pretty clutch. He capitalized on a Golden Knights turnover to toss the puck top shelf over Fleury in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

4. Devante Smith-Pelly's game-tying goal in Game 5 against Vegas

About halfway through the third with the Caps down 3-2 in Game 5 of the Cup Final, Devante Smith-Pelly put the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury while falling to tie things up against Vegas.

Enjoyed that little trip to the past? Check out the full Top 20 here.