Report: Philadelphia Assistant Brad Shaw In Running For Head Coach Job In Washington, Anaheim

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According to The Fourth Period’s Anthony Di Marco, Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Brad Shaw is in the running for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks‘ head coach jobs.

Shaw has been a coach in the NHL since 1999 and served as an interim head coach with the New York Islanders for the final 40 games of the 2005-06 season, where his team went 18-18-4.

He served on the St. Louis Blues’ staff from 2006-16, Columbus Blue Jackets’ from 2016-21, Vancouver Canucks’ during the 2021-22 campaign, and Philadelphia Flyers’ this past season. He has been on head coach John Tortorella’s coaching staff since 2016 and served on Vancouver’s staff when Tortorella was out of coaching for a year.

Washington parted ways with head coach Peter Laviolette on April 14 after going 35-37-10 (.488 points percentage) t0 finish 12 points out of a postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. It was the first time in nine seasons where Washington failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The team has also reportedly interviewed Tampa Bay Lightning assistant Jeff Halpern and Toronto Maple Leafs assistant Spencer Carberry for the opening.

GM Brian MacLellan stated after the season that he is looking for a head coach who will give the youth an opportunity and fit in with the team’s veteran core.

By Harrison Brown

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9 Responses to Report: Philadelphia Assistant Brad Shaw In Running For Head Coach Job In Washington, Anaheim

  1. Anonymous says:

    Flyers fans seem to love him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s a tough spot for Mac, as he said in his end of season press conference. He needs a coach that is good at developing young players but also good at coaching and motivating vets. He said he wasn’t even sure if the person existing, but they will try to find that person.

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  4. John Rodgers says:

    There is one. Gabby.

  5. Prevent Defense says:

    Flyers assistant coach Brad Shaw candidate NHL coach

    Shaw played D for several really bad NHL teams +/- 30 years ago. Had a good year with The Whale in 1989. Suffered with Sylvain Turgeon on the expansion Ottawa Senators in early 1990s. Languished in the minors for four seasons until (drum roll please), claimed off waivers from OTT to the Washington Capitals! Played 4 games … then got traded to STL Blues, where he actually worked in four playoff games. Televised NHL was spotty in those days … but I recall Shaw to be a no-nonsense Defenseman, primarily stay-home defender. 377 total games in NHL. Recent NHL GM and exec Marc Bergevin (CHI, MTL) was a defense teammate of Shaw’s in Hartford Whalers days.

    All this to say: Mr. Shaw has paid his dues, has been loyal for MANY years to Tortorella.

    Guess what NovaCapsFans friends: I’d trust Shaw to coordinate an excellent Caps’ team with combined Veteran and super-young players — much more than super-young “phenom” coaches, who haven’t paid their NHL dues, being wined-and-dined by big-market NHL GMs

  6. Prevent Defense says:

    Did you all see the Double-penalty against DAL in its farce against VGK today?

    DAL took initiative and an early 1-0 lead. They had momentum and space advantage, pressing for another goal to stretch their lead. Then came the roulette-table event, about 13 minutes into the game.

    TWEEEET goes the referee whistle(s). The two refs call not one, but two penalties on DAL on the same play. One for interference, the other for tripping. I saw the replay and could barely detect either foul. How convenient! Instant two-man advantage VGK. Cover your bets, gentlemen!

    VGK scored one goal 5-on-3, took over game momentum, and won in overtime. They are now 2-0 in the series and a shoe-in for the Finals. This nonsense would never have happened in the pre-Bottmann corrupt NHL. Wouldn’t have happened in this year’s regular season either. The Tim Peel Theorem was in effect, big time

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