News, notes and quotes as the Capitals begin Week Three of their search for a new general manager and coach:
Goodbye Haviland: After failing to reach the playoffs in his first season behind the bench of the Hershey Bears, Mike Haviland has decided to take a head coaching position with Colorado College, Bears general manager Doug Yingst announced.
Haviland, 46, was an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and was believed to be a finalist for the head coaching job of the Capitals in 2012 before Adam Oates was hired.
The Bears went 39-27-5-5 under Haviland, failing to make the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time since 2004-05. Haviland is just the second coach in Hershey’s 76-year history to leave the club after just one season. Kevin McCarthy, who was recently hired as an assistant coach by the Nashville Predators, coached one season in Hershey in 1989-90.
“I enjoyed every bit of it,” Haviland told the Patriot-News. “I love the community. Working hand in hand with the staff was great. The community was behind that team. I think whoever comes in there next, certainly it's a privilege to coach there.”
Yingst told the Patriot-News that with the Capitals engaged in their search for a general manager and coach, it would be a month before the club names its new head coach. The Capitals and Bears are still negotiating to extend their affiliation.
The Patriot-News cites former Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen and former Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel as possible replacement candidates, along with Moose Jaw [WHL] head coach Mike Stothers, Baie-Comeau [QMJHL] head coach Eric Veilleux, Bakersfield [ECHL] head coach Troy Mann, Utica [AHL] assistant coach Paul Jerrard, Reading [ECHL] head coach Larry Courville and current Bears assistant coach Ryan Mougenel.
Ward on the loose: Before leaving for Minsk, Belarus to represent Team Canada for the first time in his career, Caps right wing Joel Ward said he would treat the World Championships as if they were his Olympics.
On Saturday night, Ward scored a pair of goals to lift Canada to a 4-1 win over Slovakia.
“Any time you’re winning it’s always a good time,” Ward said after Canada erased the memories of Friday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to France.
Ward’s greatest strength is his ability to work along the walls and he said it’s taken some time to get accustomed to the wider ice surface used in the international game.
“It’s definitely a different game,” he said. “It took us adjusting for sure. It’s a different style. We’re not used to the wide rink.”
Despite being thousands of miles away from his mother, Cecilia, Ward tweeted out this wish on Sunday: