TORONTO — Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said the text messages started arriving about 10 minutes after Florida Panthers forward Matt Bradley candidly criticized his former team on Ottawa's TEAM 1200 (listen here).
Among the critiques? That Boudreau overused his star players.
"Oh yeah?" said the coach, watching the NHL's Research and Development Camp in Toronto. "Oh well … it's his opinion."
With that, Boudreau offered a blanket "no comment" on any retort to Bradley's analysis. But the debate regarding the former Capitals forward's statements isn't likely to be as truncated.
Bradley played six years with the Capitals but said "nothing came of" the talks to bring him back this summer. He signed with the Florida Panthers on July 2.
Now a former Cap, Bradley said the Washington locker room was "maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren't disciplined the way they should have been," before specifying which player in particular had some discipline issues — Alexander Sem...