With a new general manager [Brian MacLellan] and a new coach [Barry Trotz] the next step in the Capitals' front office rebuild will be the hiring of a new head coach for the AHL Hershey Bears and new assistants for the Capitals and Bears.
Among the top candidates for those positions are former Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel, former Florida Panthers head coach Peter Horachek, Nashville Predators assistant coach Lane Lambert, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Dave Farrish, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler, former Team Canada assistant coach Doug Shedden, and former Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan.
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In the coming days we'll profile each candidate. Today: Dave Farrish
Hometown: Wingham, Ontario
Current position: assistant coach, Toronto Maple Leafs
Barry Trotz connection: The two coached against each other in the AHL, with Farrish serving as head coach of the Moncton Hawks and Trotz as an assistant coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1990-92.
Coaching background: Despite some rumblings of a coaching change in Toronto, Farrish is still on staff as a defensive coach for the Leafs, who hired him one day after Randy Carlyle took over as coach near the end of the 2011-12 season. Farrish also served as Carlyle's assistant in Anaheim, where he spent parts of seven seasons from 2005-12 and winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.
Previous coaching experience: Following his 14-year playing career, Farrish was named head coach in Moncton, where he spent three seasons before the Devils hired him as an assistant under Herb Brooks for the 1992-93 season. He later served as head coach for two IHL teams and two ECHL teams, along with three seasons as bench boss of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. In 1,027 games as a head coach in those three leagues, Farrish compiled a record of 520-402-83-22. He was also named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2002.
Playing experience: A 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman, Farrish was drafted 24th overall by the Rangers in 1976. He went on to play seven seasons [1976-84] in the NHL with the Rangers, Quebec Nordiques, and Maple Leafs. In 430 regular season games, he recorded 127 points while shuttling between the NHL, AHL and Europe.