Now that the 2012 NHL draft has concluded and the cupboard of prospects hs been restocked, the Capitals’ focus shifts back to the present. There are plenty of decisions left to be made and room for changes, so let’s take a look at what’s next.
Name a new coach
The single biggest item on GM George McPhee’s to-do list this offseason has yet to be checked off, though it appears the Capitals may have a new bench boss before the start of free agency on July 1. During the draft weekend, McPhee said he had finished interviewing candidates and that the process “might” wrap up this week.
The Capitals have interviewed at least seven candidates and Mike Haviland, a former Chicago assistant coach, and Adam Oates, a New Jersey assistant coach, are believed to be among the finalists for the position. AHL coach Jon Cooper also may be in contention as well.