Former Mighty Duck coach Ron Wilson confirmed that he will be named coach of the Washington Capitals today. George McPhee, vice president of hockey operations for Vancouver, will be named the Capitals’ general manager.
“I’m thrilled and I’m very excited to join the Capitals,” Wilson said from his Washington hotel room Sunday night. “It’s a franchise with a lot of potential in the next couple of years to challenge for the Stanley Cup. That’s all I was really looking for.”
Wilson, whose contract was not renewed last month after four seasons as the Ducks’ coach, has agreed to a three-year deal with an option on a fourth season. He will average about $700,000 per season.
Wilson, 42, was an assistant with Vancouver for three seasons before joining the Ducks in 1993. McPhee, 38, will become the youngest general manager in the NHL.
Elsewhere, Jim Schoenfeld, fired after the Capitals’ worst season in 15 years, is expected to be named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes today.
Under Schoenfeld, the Capitals were 33-40-9 in 1996-97.