In a news conference previewing next weekend’s NHL draft, Capitals general manager George McPhee said on Monday that he has no intentions of trading goaltender Michael Neuvirth but he will attempt to move defenseman Jeff Schultz, who has asked for a trade.
McPhee also said he would match any “desperate” offer sheet made to restricted free agents Karl Alzner or Marcus Johansson.
Meanwhile, McPhee confirmed that assistant coach Tim Hunter has had talks with other NHL teams and that video coach Blaine Forsythe has been promoted to an assistant bench coach to head coach Adam Oates.
“We basically hired [Hunter] to have some experience on our bench because Adam and Calle [Johansson] were green and it worked well,” McPhee said. “But at this point, [Hunter] and Adam think that we should go in different ways.”
Forsythe has been a video coach with the Capitals for the past seven seasons.
“Blaine's got a real good feel for the game,” McPhee said. “Terrific hockey sense and sees things and understands things and can break them down and explain them to players real well. Like most coaches these days, they work incredible hours and I thought Adam would like him, in video and just in terms of working with him.
“We've really enjoyed working with him and Adam likes him a lot. He's enjoyed him and Brett [Leonhardt] a lot. He got him to run a few practices this year and gave him a lot of responsibility throughout the year with the power play and different things, so he's going to give him some more responsibility this year."
The Capitals own the 23rd pick of the draft, which will take place Sunday afternoon and evening in Newark, N.J.
More to come…