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Jim Johnson named assistant coach with San Jose

Whenever the 2012-13 season starts, the Capitals will not have only their third head coach in the past year behind the bench but they will have employed five different assistants as well.

Jim Johnson, 49, was named an assistant coach by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. There he will join head coach Todd MacLellan and veteran bench boss Larry Robinson, who accepted a job as an assistant earlier in the week.

Johnson, who came to Washington in late November by former coach Dale Hunter, is expected to work with the Sharks’ defensemen and penalty kill – the same role he held with the Capitals. Last month, long-time Washington assistant Dean Evason took over the head coaching post with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.

Meanwhile, new Capitals Coach Adam Oates and General Manager George McPhee have collaborated on what they’re looking for in assistants. On Monday, Oates wouldn’t divulge any details on what traits they’re seeking or give a timetable for naming assistant coaches.

“George and I have talked a lot,” Oates said. “We’ve put a list together and we’re still in the process. I’m sure he’ll tell you guys [reporters] when it’s time.”

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