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, former Team Canada assistant coach Doug Shedden, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Dave Farrish, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler and former Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan.
In the coming days we'll profile each candidate. Today: Lane Lambert
Hometown: Melfort, Saskatchewan
Current position: assistant coach, Nashville Predators
Barry Trotz connection: Lambert has spent the past eight seasons in the Predators organization, the last three as an assistant coach under Trotz, where he worked with the team's forwards. When Trotz was fired in April and replaced with Peter Laviolette, the new coach brought with him long-time assistant Kevin McCarthy to assist with the team's forwards and special teams. Lambert has one year remaining on his contract with Nashville and his wife, Andi, is battling cancer, which could be determining factors if he decides to remain in Nashville. Back in January, Trotz insisted that Lambert leave the team to be with his wife while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. "If you know anything about Lane, he is a fantastic young coach. Detailed and passionate," Trotz told the Tennessean. "... He and his wife have been just rocks with some of the stuff they've been going through, but I made the decision more than him. I always try to live by 'do the right thing.' I had to make that decision."
Previous coaching experience: Before joining the Preds Lambert was head coach of the AHL Milwaukee Admirals and led them to the playoffs all four seasons behind the bench, losing in the first round twice and in the second round twice. He began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western League [two seasons] and as a head coach of the Prince George Cougars [two seasons]. He began his AHL coaching career in 2005 with the Bridgeport Tigers.
Playing experience: A 6-foot, 185-pound center, Lambert was a second-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in [25th overall] in 1983. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Red Wings, Rangers and Quebec Nordiques, finishing with 58 goals and 67 assists in 283 games. He also played more than 400 games in the minor leagues, primarily in the AHL and IHL, where he won a Calder Cup with Adirondack in 1986, and helped the Houston Aeros win the Turner Cup in 1999.