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Tuesday afternoon was a busy time for ex-Capitals coaches, as Dale Hunter was officially re-hired to be the London Knights head coach and long-time assistant Dean Evason was hired by the man who originally drafted him into the NHL, David Poile, to coach the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators.
Evason, who was interviewed by George McPhee for the Capitals’ vacant head coaching position but not offered the job, worked under Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau, and Hunter and coached Alex Ovechkin for his entire career. The maniacally gum-chewing assistant will leave behind a lasting legacy: one of sacks and players mostly grabbing them, evidenced by this classic tirade from Caps/Pens 24/7 [Warning: NSFW language]:
It’s a [BLEEPING] joke. Some of you guys would never would get in a [BLEEPING] pushing match or a [BLEEPING] facewash, because you’re not even close to the [BLEEPING] battle. One. One of you guys need to grab your [BLEEPING] sack and do something about it. [BLEEPING] compete! Just get in [BLEEPING] someone’s face. [BLEEPING] jabbering. Our [BLEEPING] best [BLEEPING] player is [BLEEPING] fighting. the greatest player in the world. Someone grab their [BLEEPING] sack and [BLEEPING] compete please.
Dean-o compiled a 294-206-74 record (.577) in seven seasons with the Caps, which is pretty impressive considering he was here when Matt Pettinger played on the first line.
Farewell, Dean Evason, and good luck. May your pastures be greener.