The Washington Capitals have named Leafs assistant Spencer Carbery as their new head coach. Spencer will join the Sun-Belt side as their 20th coach in Franchise history.
Brian MacLellan, the general manager of the Capitals said: “Spencer is one of the best young coaches in the game who’s had success at every level at which he has coached. We feel his leadership, communication skills, ability to develop players and familiarity with our organisation will be a tremendous asset as he makes this next step in his coaching career.”
The move follows the firing of Peter Laviolette after the capitals missed the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. Peter Laviolette coached the capitals for three seasons. Similar to Todd Reirden’s run, Peter Laviolette also failed to win a playoff series. The Capitals have never won a playoff series since the 2018 Stanley Cup under Barry Trotz. The decision of firing Laviolette came after the Capitals failed to qualify for the postseason in eight years. Capitals finished sixth in the Metropolitan Division behind Penguins. Also read: How is Jay Leach, the best option to fill up Rangers coaching vacancy?
41-year-old Carbery had been one of the most hottest names in the coaching circuits in the past unit. Carbery, an ex-ECHL player was named as the assistant coach of his then ECHL team South Carolina Stingrays shortly after he retired. The Victoria-born won ECHL Coach of the Year in 2014 and has been on the rise ever since. Carbery got instant notice when he took a last placed Hershey Bears to playoffs in 2018-19 AHL season. Eventually, he also won the AHL Coach of the Year in 2021. Post appointment to the Leafs, He has been in-charge of building the second-best man up unit in the NHL. Can Carbery work the same magic as before with the Capitals is one interesting story line to see.
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