“Kevin has had a huge impact on my coaching career and I’m delighted that he is one of our coaches in Washington,” Laviolette said in a statement. “Kevin is a high-profile person with an incredible amount of NHL experience and who works tirelessly to make the players better. We believe he will be a great addition to our team. ”
Laviolette and McCarthy were fired from the Predators in early January. Laviolette was discontinued by the capitals in September. McCarthy said the biggest motivation for him to get back behind the bank was working with Laviolette.
“To be able to go to a team that won a Stanley Cup and know what it takes to win a Stanley Cup and have a squad that I think can compete for a Stanley Cup … that was an important factor in my decision and I feel very strongly about it, ”McCarthy told reporters on Thursday.
In the American Hockey League, McCarthy set a record of 186-153-47-14 in five seasons as head coach with the Hershey Bears, Springfield Falcons and New Haven Beast.
“Kevin has been with me now for 15 years,” Laviolette said in September when asked about the potential of adding McCarthy to his team. “I will never forget Jim Rutherford. I didn’t know Kevin at all when I added him to my staff. Jim Rutherford asked me to work with the coaches until the end of the year. I was hired in Carolina in December. And it’s not like I took my buddy to the bench and we got a trophy there in the first full year. I then realized how special he was as a trainer and as a person. The way he could teach and he had a real way about his personality where he could be really effective with the players. I think his track record speaks for itself. ”
McCarthy said he tries to focus on the positives as a coach and wants to “catch players doing something right” instead of always playing on the negatives. Systematically, McCarthy also said he firmly believed in having real right-left combinations on the blue line.
With immediate effect, the top 4 capitals are closed for the next season, and Michal Kempny goes to the reserve for long-term injuries after an Achilles tear. John Carlson and Brenden Dillon are expected to be in the top pairing and Dmitry Orlov and Justin Schultz are expected to be in the second pairing. The third pairing is more dispersed. Newly signed defender Jonas Siegenthaler’s options appear to be a lock on the left, and either Nick Jensen or Trevor van Riemsdyk on the right. Paul LaDue, a real shot, seems to be on the roster next season as well.
McCarthy said he was “a huge Orlov fan” and that he also likes how Dillon and Schultz’s game will work in Laviolette’s system.
There has been some speculation about how many defenders the capitals will keep on their list. McCarthy noted that “a minimum of eight players who can play at the NHL level is required” due to the nature of this unconventional season ahead and the back-to-back games likely to be added to the schedule.
According to CapFriendly.com, capitals would only have $ 50,123 in projected cap space when you factor in their 12 projected strikers and eight projected defenders. If you remove LaDue from the NHL roster, the team is expected to have seven defenders, 12 strikers and $ 750,123 – enough to sign a striker for the league minimum of $ 700,000.
Laviolette not only hired his long-time coaching partner, but also kept Murray, Forsythe and Arniel. McCarthy replaced Reid Cashman, who was appointed coach of the Dartmouth men’s hockey team in June. McCarthy, who has experience on specialty teams, said he had already been given the opportunity to speak to Arniel and Forsythe and looks forward to being a “soundboard” for their respective specialty teams.
Forsythe, 44, will still play the capitals power game, while Arniel, 58, will continue his work on capitals penalty shootouts.
“I’m delighted to see you return to our staff,” Laviolette said in a statement about Murray, Arniel and Forsythe. “They are all successful trainers, have a lot of experience and recognize the attention to detail that forms the basis of a successful team.”
In other coaching steps, the Seattle Kraken expansion hired former Capitals deputy sports coach Mike Booi and video analyst Tim Ohashi.