Capitals continue search for assistant coaches

Capitals continue search for assistant coaches
June 25, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Now that Mitch Korn has been officially added to Barry Trotz’ coaching staff [beginning July 1] and assistant coach Calle Johansson has officially left the club to return to Sweden, it’s time to take a look at who might be brought in as the Caps’ two assistant coaches.

With the Pittsburgh Penguins [Mike Johnston], Carolina Hurricanes [Bill Peters], Vancouver Canucks [Willie Desjardins] and Florida Panthers [Gerard Gallant] filling their head coaching vacancies, Trotz can now move forward with his choices for assistants.

Peter Horachek reportedly interviewed for the job in Vancouver and is believed to be on Trotz’ short list of candidates.

Horachek, 54, was fired by the Panthers following his five-month stint as interim coach following the firing of Kevin Dineen.

Horachek worked as Trotz' assistant in Nashville for nine seasons, the final three as associate coach. He took a job as head coach of the AHL San Antonio Rampage last summer before taking on the Panthers’ job.

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Under Trotz, Horachek worked with the power play and penalty kill and helped develop the Predators’ prospects.

Claude Noel also is expected to be considered by Trotz. Noel, 58, has spent 20 years in coaching, including parts of four seasons as a head coach in the NHL, guiding the Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets to a 90-87-24 record from 2009-2014.

Todd Rierden, who handled the Penguins’ defensemen as an assistant under Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Calle Johansson.

Rierden, 43, played parts of five seasons in the NHL during a 12-year career as a defenseman. He was hired by the Penguins in 2010.

Syracuse Crunch head coach and former Capitals defenseman Rob Zettler is also under consideration to take over the Capitals’ defensive responsibilities.

Others believed to be under consideration for the Caps’ coaching staff are Nashville Predators assistant coach Lane Lambert, former Team Canada assistant coach Doug Shedden, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Dave Farrish and former Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan.