ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have fired coach Bruce Boudreau, who won 200 games faster than any coach in modern NHL history but stumbled regularly in the playoffs despite a talented lineup featuring two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin.
Boudreau was replaced by former Capitals captain Dale Hunter, who was scheduled to lead Monday's practice and make his debut behind the bench Tuesday night when Washington hosts the St. Louis Blues to begin a three-game homestand.
Hired four years ago, Boudreau went 201-88-40 in the regular season with the Capitals but just 17-20 in the playoffs. This season he tried a new approach, emphasizing accountability and the willingness to bench his star players -- team captain Ovechkin included -- as punishment for subpar performances.
a team with a diva reputation they're trying to shake and a weak-minded coach who lost the bench...it makes sense. BB did a lot to restore respectability to the caps and helped ovechkin blossom into the player he is today.
It's funny how Avery gets **** for the stuff he does, but Hunter gave a new meaning to the word classless
His hit on Lafontaine was brutal as well. I think Hunter was quoted as saying he never knew a goal was scored and therefore didnt hear the whistle...ha ha ha right. Lafontaine was just celebrating because he didn't score
Not if Paddington takes a little pre-game bath in liquid nitrogen.
Hunter is #1 on my all-time list of most hated players. What were his notable misdemeanors as coach?
He's just a dick behind the bench. Applauding the refs when they make a call against one of his players, sending players out to "accidentally" injure an opposing player, that kind of thing.
I will give him credit though - London's 2005 championship team was filled with all-stars, a lot of whom had been drafted and signed by their parent clubs, and he had them all set their egos aside (not easy to do with teenaged boys) and had them playing with a single focus and as a team. If he can do the same with the Caps, they're going to be a scary team to play against.
The vacation is over in Washington. It'll be interesting to see how Ovy and Semin respond.