Calle Johansson won’t be returning for a third season as an assistant coach with the Capitals, but it’s not necessarily because Barry Trotz has taken over as the new head coach.
A little more than a week ago Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson was asked about a defensive corps that, under his direction, finished 11th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL in goals all
Among the team's struggles this season, several Caps saw individual improvements. Those improvements they credit to the several assistants supporting Adam Oates.
When the Capitals look back on why they missed the playoffs this season, many critics will point to their captain being one of the NHL’s worst defensive forwards.