Oddsmaker: Laviolette, Trotz favored to become next Caps coach


Online oddsmaker Bovada has released its list of potential candidates for the vacant head coaching gig in Washington, and a pair of recently-dismissed bench bosses top the list.

Peter Laviolette, fired by the Flyers three games into the 2013-14 campaign, and Barry Trotz — the first and only head coach in Nashville Predators history — are both listed as 3-1 favorites.

Following not far behind is another ex-Philly coach, current Kings assistant John Stevens, and former Lightning bench boss Guy Boucher, who’s currently coaching in Switzerland.

The full list, per Bovada:

Peter Laviolette                         3/1

Barry Trotz                                3/1

John Stevens                            11/2

Guy Boucher                             11/2

Mike Haviland                           11/2

Kevin Dineen                             9/1

Phil Housley                              9/1

Glen Gulutzan                            9/1

Mike Keenan                             10/1

Jeff Blashill                               16/1

For those that aren’t familiar with some of the names:

— Haviland coaches Washington’s AHL affiliate in Hershey, and previously served as Joel Quenneville’s assistant in Chicago.

— Blashill is the head coach of Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. The Griffins won the Calder Cup last season and Blashill was named AHL coach of the year two weeks ago.

— Gulutzan (who you should probably know) coached in Dallas for two seasons before getting replaced by Lindy Ruff. He spent last year as John Tortorella’s assistant in Vancouver.