In addition any roster changes they make this summer, the Capitals are expected to tweak their coaching staff as well.

Washington has granted Tim Hunter permission to interview elsewhere, and it is unlikely that he will return to the Capitals as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.

“We’ve given him permission until June 30 to talk to other clubs about employment,” General Manager George McPhee said, declining to discuss additional details of Hunter’s future.

Hunter, 52, who is believed to have one year remaining on his contract with the Capitals, was the final member of the new coaching staff hired last summer and was brought in to add experience behind the bench with first-time coach Adam Oates and first-time NHL assistant coach Calle Johansson.

It’s unclear exactly why Hunter, who has spent 14 seasons as an NHL assistant, didn’t work out as a member of the staff. Oates declined to comment on Hunter’s status.