BREAKING: Washington Brings in Two-Time Cup Winner

Published July 20, 2023 at 1:40 PM

With Washington's Stanley Cup contention window very quickly closing, they need to do something massive to help their chances. With this newest addition, they may have done just that.

Washington Hires Muller

The Washington Capitals have hired Kirk Muller as an Assistant Coach, the team announced today via social media.

"The Washington Capitals have named Kirk Muller as an assistant coach and Kenny McCudden as an assistant/skills coach."

Muller not only had an illustrious playing career but has been in the coaching scene for quite some time. The NHL veteran has served as an assistant with Montreal, St. Louis, and Calgary, while also serving as Carolina's Head Coach for some time.

More About Muller

The Capitals' press release had plenty of information for fans regarding their newest coaching addition, Kirk Muller.

"Muller, 57, joins Washington after spending the previous two seasons as an associate coach with the Calgary Flames. The Kingston, Ontario native brings 17 years of NHL coaching experience to Washington, which includes two stints with the Montreal Canadiens as an assistant coach (2006-11) and as an associate coach (2016-21) and two seasons with the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach (2014-16). Muller also served as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes (2011-14) and the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals (2011). Muller's teams have qualified for the playoffs nine times, including two conference final appearances (Montreal: 2010; St. Louis: 2016), and have ranked in the top 10 in power-play percentage seven times. During Muller's tenure in St. Louis, the Blues owned the NHL's third-highest power-play percentage (21.9 percent).

Internationally, Muller was an assistant coach for Canada at the 2012 and 2019 IIHF World Championships, earning a silver medal in 2019 along with Capitals forwards Dylan Strome and Anthony Mantha. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Muller appeared in 1,349 games over 19 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars, recording 959 points (357g, 602a). Muller, the second overall pick in the 1984 NHL Draft, won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993."

Muller is more than qualified to receive this job, but fans have had some concerns about his ability to run a powerplay. Clearly, Washington doesn't see these same concerns, but only time will tell.

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