Who should replace Hunter behind the bench?

Who should replace Hunter behind the bench?
May 14, 2012, 10:27 pm
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So now that Dale Hunter has decided to return to his junior hockey team in London, Ontario, who might be his replacement as the Capitals new head coach and how quickly will general manager George McPhee fill the position?
My job now is to find the best human talent I can find to coach this club, McPhee said. We might have someone in place by the draft. It might take me until August, like it did with New Jersey last year. We'll see.
I'm not in any rush to begin a coaching search because I haven't really been thinking in those terms. I don't know whether it'll be by the draft or sometime in August, like New Jersey did. We're going to take our time and get the right person.
McPhee said he has not yet begun to think about whether hell choose a coach who plays a similar system to the one implemented by Hunter or one who will cater more to Alex Ovechkins offensive attributes.
Coaches have different systems, and there are different ways to play the game, he said. But the most important thing is to have a team buy into whatever system you're playing. You can play four or five different systems. It's having people buy into that system and that's the beauty of being a good coach -- having players buy in and become a team.
Heres a short list of candidates to replace Hunter:
Craig Berube: An assistant coach in Philadelphia, Berube was a fan favorite as a player in Washington and has said he would leave the Flyers only for a head coaching position. Berube is a close friend of Hunters and has a similar no-nonsense approach with his players. He was a head coach in the AHL and plays a more aggressive forechecking system that caters to Ovechkins strengths.
Adam Oates: Another former Capital and fan favorite, Oates is an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and considered one of the brightest assistants in the NHL. He and head coach Peter DeBoer have done an excellent job developing Ilya Kovalchuk into a multi-dimensional player capable of kill penalties as well as scoring goals. That would be his challenge with Ovechkin.
Paul Maurice: Having had two stints with the Carolina Hurricanes and one with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maurice knows the Capitals well and is one of the most experienced in the field, but he has no real history with George McPhee.
Marc French: As head coach of the AHL Hershey Bears the past three years, French helped develop John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Dmitry Orlov and Braden Holtby. French has no NHL experience, but neither did McPhees last three head coaches Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau and Hunter.
John Hynes: Like French, Hynes has no NHL experience, but is considered a Dan Bylsma protg as head coach of the Penguins farm team in Wilkes-BarreScranton. He was named AHL coach of the year last season.
Ron Wilson: He was the last coach to get the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998 and has served as head coach in Anaheim, San Jose and Toronto. Wilson is the most experienced coach in the open market and is very familiar with both Hunter and McPhee.