Found November 29, 2011 on
ANALYSIS/OPINION: As homecomings go, Dale Hunter's debut as the Washington Capitals' coach was an understated affair. There was no parade down F Street by fans wearing Hunter's throwback No. 32 jersey. There was no sellout crowd at Verizon Center, either. It was, after all, a Tuesday night, and the out-of-conference/out-of-mind ...
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(AP) -- The St. Louis Blues made a coaching change early in the month that provided a spark to a struggling team.
The Washington Capitals hope their bold move has the same result.
Washington fired Bruce Boudreau after four seasons Monday, and new coach Dale Hunter will make his NHL debut Tuesday night when the Capitals host the surging Blues.
Boudreau guided Washington to four...
Bloggers were very well represented on a historic day for the Washington Capitals out at Kettler, and we asked a few of our favorites to chime in with their thoughts on the ascension of a legend as head coach of the Caps, and what Bruce Boudreau’s four years here meant to hockey in our town. On Twitter you can follow Ted Starkey, Ed Frankovic, and Dave Nichols.
Some random observations and notes-sharing from a remarkable last 72 hours:
There’s standup, and then there’s what Gabby offered the Washington Post’s Tarik El Bashir Wednesday morning — actually agreeing with Capitals management that it was time for a change behind the bench. He actually told General Manager George McPhee, “You’re doing what you have to do.” A company...
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...
For all of Bruce Boudreau's success with Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals -- no coach in the modern NHL reached 200 victories as quickly -- he failed to take them far in the playoffs. And now, suddenly, the regular season was becoming problematic, too.
ARLINGTON, VA. (AP) - Tuned out by his players, coach Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Washington Capitals on Monday after winning 200 games faster than any coach in modern NHL history but stumbling regularly in the playoffs despite a talent-laden lineup featuring two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin.Boudreau was replaced ...
Washington Capitals GM George McPhee had seen slumps before. Losing eight games in front of HBO cameras last season was a slump, albeit one that had Coach Bruce Boudreau's job in doubt. But losing five of seven games in the last two weeks wasn't a slump.
"You can ride out a slump. This was a case where the players were no longer responding to Bruce," said McPhee...
New Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter meets the media for the first time.Photo Credit: Getty Images
There was hesitance among Penguins players to specifically address the firing of Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Bruce Boudreau thinks the Washington Capitals made the "right decision" in firing him -- and he's not blaming his newfound unemployment on Alex Ovechkin.
Alex Ovechkin has dropped from MVP seasons to an ordinary one for Washington. In Carolina, Eric Staal is stuck in a seasonlong slump. Two of the NHL's best players get the rest of the season to try to turn around their numbers and revert to form. Their coaches weren't so lucky.
ANALYSIS/OPINION: As Dale Hunter skated around the ice at Kettler Iceplex on Monday, shaking players' hands and engaging in small talk, you asked yourself: Do these Washington Capitals — the Europeans, especially — even know who their new coach is? I'm not talking about knowing him in a passing way, ...