Updated June 23, 1:32 p.m.: Following the conclusion of the draft, McPhee said that the Capitals “might” be able to wrap up the coaching search this week.
“If we do that’d be nice, but I can’t promise anything,” said McPhee, who added that he still has a few questions to ask of people who know the candidates. “They’re really good candidates. The hard part is picking the best one or the best fit because they’re all terrific.”
Original post: General Manager George McPhee made it clear from the start of the offseason that he would take his time considering candidates for the Capitals’ head coaching job. After this weekend’s NHL draft concludes, however, the process will take the next step because McPhee said he is done conducting interviews.
“We’re done with all the interviews and everything else,” McPhee said. “We’ll have to make a decision here in the next little while. The issue is not trying to find a competent guy because there are lots of them — it’s which one is the best.”
The Capitals have interviewed numerous candidates for the position Dale Hunter vacated on May 14 when he opted to return to London, Ontario, following the end of the 2011-12 season. Former Chicago assistant coach Mike Haviland, New Jersey assistant and former Capital Adam Oates, as well as AHL bench boss Jon Cooper are believed to be among those still in consideration.
“We’re going to switch gears after tomorrow and get back to that,” McPhee said. “We’ve talked to a lot of people and as I’ve said to you guys a number of times: We’ve just tried to be comprehensive and exhaustive in this process and we have been.”