Jim Johnson joins Dale Hunter’s coaching staff

One game into his tenure as coach of the Capitals, Dale Hunter has made his first change in his supporting staff.

General Manager George McPhee said via text Monday night that former NHL defenseman Jim Johnson would be joining Hunter’s staff. Johnson will work with the team’s defensemen and replaces Bob Woods, who was in his third year as an assistant coach in Washington and had close ties to former head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Johnson, 49, was an assitant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season and took over the head coaching position for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals late that same year. Johnson finished with a 15-5-0-2 record in 22 games with Norfolk during 2009-10.

As a player, Johnson appeared in 829 NHL games including 121 regular season contests with the Capitals. Johnson spent parts of three seasons, from 1993-94 to 1995-96, in Washington.

Johnson will be at KCI for the Capitals’ practice on Wednesday.

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