Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube confirmed on Wednesday that he interviewed with Capitals general manager George McPhee for the vacant head coaching position but that he will not be getting the job.
In a phone interview with CSNwashington.com, Berube said he thought he was the leading candidate to replace Dale Hunter as the Capitals head coach until he received a phone call from McPhee informing him he will go in a different direction.
I thought everything went well and I actually thought Id get it, Berube said. Im not sure what happened.
McPhee asked Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren for permission to speak with Berube and brought him to Washington for an interview last month. Berube said he was informed of McPhees decision to go in a different direction a week later. Berube is expected to return to the Flyers as Peter Laviolette's assistant.
McPhee has been interviewing several coaching candidates over the past few weeks, including assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Dean Evason.
Now that the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are no longer playing, McPhee could interview Devils assistant coaches Larry Robinson and Adam Oates and Kings assistant coach John Stevens.
If McPhee is interested in hiring a coach with more NHL experience, his list of candidates may include Jacques Martin, Terry Murray, Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson. Paul Maurice recently took a head coaching job in the KHL, but may have a clause in that contract that allows him to accept an NHL position.