There have been several such candidates floating around; such as Mike Haviland, former assistant coach of the Blackhawks, and Adam Oates, former Cap and current assistant coach of the Devils. Neither has been a head coach at the NHL level and both men have advantages and disadvantages. Haviland has a great history of coaching at the AHL level and was part of a Stanley Cup winning team with the Blackhawks; then there's Oates, who has gained experience as an assistant coach in Tampa Bay and had a run to the Finals as an assistant in New Jersey this season. The Devils' unlikely run to the Cup Finals may have increased his chances, but that's not all he has going for him--his work with Kovalchuck gives him experience in turning around Russian superstars.
Despite the success that these two men have had, they are not who I would like to see behind the Caps' bench next season. I'm calling for a man who, like Bruce (I still miss him), has absolutely no NHL coaching experience--even as an assistant. I demand a man that has had success at every minor league level he has coached. I need the most interesting man in hockey!
|Jon Cooper pictured thinking of all the reasons he loves America|
King Coopa went on to coach the Tampa Bay Lightening's AHL affiliate, The Norfolk Admirals, in 2010. In his second season with the Ads the team set club records of 55 wins and 113 points, and Norfolk went on to win the Calder Cup over the Toronto Marlies.
|Jon Cooper celebrating after Admirals Calder Cup victory|
His amazing success at lower levels of competition aside, there is one other reason GMGM needs to hire Jon Cooper. The Capitals have gone far too long without a coach that resembles Marty McFly.
|Jon Cooper seen debating the morality of taking a sports almanac back to 1985 with Doc Brown.|