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...why would both sides agree to a contract that, according to multiple sources, expires at the end of this season?

For Hunter it’s a safety net. If he cannot rehabilitate the Capitals over the next four months, he’ll pack up his only suit, hop on a plane and return to his job as coach and co-owner of the Knights.

But if this was truly his “dream job” and the Capitals were the only NHL team he ever considered coaching, why wouldn’t Hunter ask for a contract for at least three years? Why not invest in the future of the franchise that supposedly means the world to you?

-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington where you can read more on this topic.

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This does seem odd.  Calculating and wise, covering all the bases—kind of like a pre-nup.  But it still doesn’t necessarily bode well for the long-term relationship.

And there’s a throwaway comment in the WashTimes article about the players gradually adjusting to Hunter’s “emphasis on video.”  You would think extensive use of video would be standard practice for an NHL team, but apparently it was not under Boudreau . . . .

Posted by Lex Talionis on 12/22/11 at 02:52 PM ET

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