In his first statement since the Washington Capitals fired him on Monday, Bruce Boudreau told ESPN.com that he and Alex Ovechkin "got along famously" and that reports of a rift weren't accurate.
Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post got a bit more out of Boudreau in a sit-down interview with the former coach, and it reveals someone who — like general manager George McPhee indicated — had exhausted his bag of tricks and was at a loss for why the team had failed to respond to him in the last month.
From the Post's Capitals Insider:
Asked why it appeared over the past season that he was trying to get Ovechkin to play one way, and the team captain didn't change his ways, Boudreau said: "He might have been doing his own thing, but the good was outweighing the bad by a long shot. Now there's more scrutiny now because he's not scoring at the rate he was and people are more willing to criticize. …We play different than we did three years ago.
"I don't think it was him rebelling against ...