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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (54) / 7/31/1960
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
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The Washington Capitals will take their time finding a replacement for former head coach Dale Hunter.
Hunter decided to leave the team after leading the Capitals to Game 7 of the second round. "My job now is to find the best human talent I can find to coach this club," Capitals GM George McPhee said. "I’m not in any rush to do that, because I haven’t really been thinking in those terms. I don’t know whether it’ll be by the draft or sometime in August, like New Jersey did [last summer]. We’re going to take our time and get the right person." Right now, the greater priority for the Capitals is probably the upcoming draft. They control the 11th and 16th overall picks. Fri, May 18, 2012 11:26:00 AM

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Dale Hunter will not return to coach the Washington Capitals in 2012-13.

Hunter's first stint in the NHL was a mixed bag. He wasn't able to turn the Capitals around after replacing Bruce Boudreau as the team's head coach. Washington had a disappointing 30-23-7 record under Hunter and the team barely made the playoffs. However, Hunter got some measure of redemption after the Capitals upset the Boston Bruins in seven games and lasted seven games against the New York Rangers in the second round. During his tenure, Hunter showed a willingness to bench superstar Alex Ovechkin, even in key situations. It will be interesting to see how the next coach handles Ovechkin.
Mon, May 14, 2012 12:16:00 PM

Dale Hunter was not willing to discuss his future as the Washington Capitals' coach following his team's 2-1 Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Hunter replaced Bruce Boudreau on Nov. 28, and the Caps went 30-23-7 with him behind the bench in the regular season. Though they needed until the second-to-last day of the season to clinch a playoff spot, the seventh-seeded Capitals turned heads with how they played in the postseason, focusing more on team defense and blocking shots than a run-and-gun offensive game. "That’s not the time right now," Hunter said when asked if he considered coming back. Hunter is also the owner and president of the OHL's London Knights.
Sun, May 13, 2012 01:45:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have blocked 49 shots in just two playoff games.

For that sake of comparison, the Capitals averaged roughly 17.7 blocked shots per contest in their 2011 playoff run. Washington's increased emphasis on helping out their netminder has certainly been appreciated by Braden Holtby. "It’s been outstanding," Holtby said. "That’s the difference, when you look at the commitment to the blocked shots….There’s a lot of plays where they didn’t shoot because they were in a position to block shots it’s great in front of the defense as forwards." The Capitals have held Boston to only two goals in two contests.
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 01:21:00 PM

The Washington Capitals have struggled away from home this season.

Saturday's 5-2 defeat in San Jose was the team's fourth loss in their past five road games and their seventh in the last 10. The Capitals are 7-11-1, including a mark of 3-4-1 under coach Dale Hunter, away from home. They have been much better at Verizon Center with an impressive 14-5-1 record.
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 08:25:00 AM

According to sources, Dale Hunter's contract as head coach of the Washington Capitals is only for the balance of this season.

The Capitals refused to comment on the situation though, with GM George McPhee stating bluntly, "I don't discuss coaches' contracts. I never have, never will." Hunter will have a trial period, so to speak, to see if he enjoys coaching at the NHL level and to see what kind of success he can muster. Washington owns a 5-5 record since Hunter took the reigns from Bruce Boudreau and if things don't work out for him then he could return to the OHL's London Knights.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 10:03:00 AM

Dale Hunter wants to introduce a pressure-based defense to the Washington Capitals that relies on the ability of each player to mark an opposing man.

"The onus is on that individual player to win their battle every time," defenseman Karl Alzner said. "If you don't win your battle and you get beat then we're going to have an issue and you hope someone's going to bail you out -- your goalie or a weak side forward -- but it's good this way, it keeps everybody extremely honest. You've got to make sure you're doing your job and winning your job our it's not going to work." The Capitals also utilized a 1-2-2 setup in Hunter's debut and that is expected to become a common theme as well. It will be interesting to see if the team's free-wheeling stars can adopt a more patient playing scheme to help them score on turnovers.
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 02:14:00 PM

Dale Hunter couldn't guide the Washington Capitals to a victory in his head coaching debut on Tuesday night, but he was satisfied with his team's effort for the most part.

"Definitely [confusion] happens with transition. They don't got it down pat yet but I think they got better as it went on. They competed real hard and that's what you need to win," said Hunter after a 2-1 loss to St. Louis. "You can't set a time period to it but I want them to get better and better every game, after every practice. By watching them live now we've got some stuff to work on." The Capitals may need more than just a coaching change to get them get back on track, but there will be a period of adjustment while the players learn his new system.
Wed, Nov 30, 2011 09:20:00 AM

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3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters