Assistant coaches Dean Evason and Blaine Forsythe will remain on the Capitals’ coaching staff under Dale Hunter, according to a team spokesman.
Hunter opted to bring in his former teammate Jim Johnson as an assistant to work with the defenseman, replacing Bob Woods, who was in his third year with Washington after being brought in by former head coach Bruce Boudreau. No further alterations of the coaching staff are expected at this time.
Johnson was on the ice for practice at KCI Thursday and also met with reporters. More from him and the Capitals on their new defensive identity under Hunter to come.
— In other news, I spoke briefly this morning with Jay Beagle, who has missed 20 games since suffering a concussion back on Oct. 13 when he was knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham in a fight.
Beagle is partiticipating in off-ice workouts and has been a part of Hunter’s video sessions, but he had to back off from skating after suffering a setback in his recovery. When the Capitals were on the road during their three-game trip to Nashville, Winnipeg and Toronto earlier this month, Beagle began to experience dizziness as he increased his exertion level on the ice.
The fourth-line forward said he knows now how slowly he must take his recovery process, but that he hopes to be back on the ice soon.