Dale Hunter will not return to coach the Washington Capitals in 2012-13.
Hunter's first stint in the NHL was a mixed bag. He wasn't able to turn the Capitals around after replacing Bruce Boudreau as the team's head coach. Washington had a disappointing 30-23-7 record under Hunter and the team barely made the playoffs. However, Hunter got some measure of redemption after the Capitals upset the Boston Bruins in seven games and lasted seven games against the New York Rangers in the second round. During his tenure, Hunter showed a willingness to bench superstar Alex Ovechkin, even in key situations. It will be interesting to see how the next coach handles Ovechkin.