Top 3 coaching candidates that would be perfect for the Capitals

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The Washington Capitals could be hiring a new head coach very soon. But who are the names we should keep an eye on in the coming weeks?

Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau has currently been enjoying his role as a TV analyst on NHL Network but he would love nothing more than to get back behind a bench soon. No better team reunion than a Gabby reunion to the Capitals.

Tarik El Bashir of The Athletic (subscription required) answered this question in a mailbag earlier this month:

My sense is the process has yet to begin in earnest. But hear me out … Boudreau might not be the craziest thought in the world.

The Caps are entering a transitional phase, and there’s no guarantee MacLellan’s rebuild-on-the-fly strategy is going to yield immediate results. That’s a risky proposition for a potential first-year head coach like Spencer Carbery or Jeff Halpern.

Boudreau, meanwhile, has a track record of jumpstarting stagnant teams and offenses. And, of course, the 68-year-old fan favorite already knows where Ovechkin’s buttons are and when to press them, having coached the Caps captain from 2007-2012. That’s a big deal as No. 8 pursues Wayne Gretzky over the next couple of seasons.

If Tarik doesn’t think it’s a crazy idea, I don’t either.

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