Eastern Conference Team is Looking to Steal Sheldon Keefe

Mackenzie Stern-Kolesnikow
March 27, 2023  (7:20 PM)

Earlier this year, rumours were circulating about a possible contract extension for Peter Laviolette, the head coach for the Washington Capitals. However, since the rumours began to circulate, the Capitals have fallen in the standings and are currently six points away from a playoff spot. As a result, the rumours about Laviolette's extension have disappeared and have been replaced with new rumours that the Capitals are considering a current member of the Leafs coaching staff.

Capitals are looking to steal Carbery

According to Emily Kaplan of ESPN, the Capitals have their eyes on Spencer Carbery.
"The 41-year-old is one of the buzziest names on the coaching circuit — and that's even before he landed in Toronto, center of the hockey media universe. A few respondents said to monitor Carbery as an option for the Capitals should they make a change. Carbery is thought highly of in the Caps organization after three years leading its top minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He has been a quick riser after winning ECHL Coach of the Year (2014) and AHL Coach of the Year (2021). Washington wanted to keep him on, but Carbery took an assistant job with the Maple Leafs in 2021. Since Carbery took over running the power play, Toronto has the league's second-best man-up unit (behind Edmonton)."

Carbery has already been considered for a Head Coach vacancy with the San Jose Sharks last summer, and the Capitals organization thinks highly of him. However, Carbery took an assistant job with the Maple Leafs in 2021. Since he took over running the power play, the Leafs have the league's second-best man-up unit (behind Edmonton).
It is uncertain whether the Capitals will make a coaching change, but Carbery is seen as a potential candidate if they do. With the summer approaching, many changes are expected to happen throughout the league, particularly with the Leafs. If the Leafs are unable to make it past the first round of the playoffs, they might replace Keefe next season.