If anyone knows what its like to be a Washington Capital, its Calle Johansson.
Today, the former defenseman who has played more games in a Capitals uniform than anyone in franchise history was named Adam Oates assistant coach.
Johansson, 45, appeared in 983 games with the Caps from 1989-2003. He holds club records for defensemen in points 474 and assists 361 and ranks third in goals 113.
Following his playing career, Johansson became a color commentator and provided analysis for Swedish television for both the Swedish Elite League (SEL) and the NHL. He was an assistant coach for Frolunda of the SEL during the 2006-07 season before returning to broadcasting.
Johansson was believed to be a candidate for the assistant coachs job when Dale Hunter was hired by the Capitals to replace Bruce Boudreau last November. Jim Johnson got the job and was relieved of his duties following the 2011-12 season.
At that time it wasnt the right time, Johansson told Caps365. I have no regrets about that. Jimmy Johnson did a fabulous job with the defensemen.
Johansson and Oates were teammates from 1996-02 and helped lead the Capitals to their only appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.
Oatesey is the smartest man I have ever played with, to be honest with you, Johansson said. And the toughest. You dont think like that, but Adam was tough, he was hard and he could be pretty mean on the ice, too.
I liked the combination he had, the hands. He knows how to treat the guys who are hard workers and dont score many goals and he also knows how to treat the top-end guys, which I think is a great quality.
Johansson was an alternate captain with Washington during the 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons and in his 15 seasons in Washington, the Capitals reached the playoffs 11 times.