Washington Capitals: 5 Potential 2012-2013 Head Coach Candidates

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Washington Capitals: 5 Potential 2012-2013 Head Coach Candidates
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When general manager George McPhee and his Washington Capitals fired ex-head coach Bruce Boudreau on the 28th of November, it was because the team had fallen to a 12-9-1 record despite a 7-0-0 start and was sitting in eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Capitals legend Dale Hunter replaced him. In Hunter's 42 games at the helm of the Verizon Center club, the Caps have gone 20-18-4 and have dropped out of a playoff spot. Meanwhile, Boudreau has led his Anaheim Ducks to a 21-14-6 run and has taken them from being a lottery team to a team with an outside shot at the playoffs.

Hunter is on a one-year contract with the Caps, and if the team doesn't make the playoffs, it wouldn't at all be surprising to see the team not exercise their option of re-signing him and instead go the route of giving a new coach a whole summer to adjust to the team.

Here are five coaches that, should Hunter not return, could find themselves behind the Caps bench next season.

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