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The firing of Bruce Boudreau is still being talked about in Washington and beyond. Blame for what happened, including the Washington Capitals' recent struggles, is being directed at one player — the team captain, Alex Ovechkin.
Some people question his commitment to the team. Others question his leadership skills and whether he has the respect of his teammates. Ovechkin was even called a "coach killer" because of the recent dismissal of Boudreau.
But all of the above allegations cannot be further from the truth, at least for the players in the Capitals' dressing room. It's not only in their "on the record" conversations that they throw their support behind their captain. A few players (no, not Semin or Orlov) have said privately that Ovechkin is sincerely respected by his teammates in the dressing room; that he is very much a team player and works hard for the team.
As far as Ovechkin's recent struggles, I was told he is facing them without pani...
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Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Washington Capitals just a couple days back. He was then hired by the Anaheim Ducks just a few days after. The Ducks have been struggling this year and will look to Boudreau to change their luck. This inspired benstonium to make this great video of Boudreau giving the D-3 Mighty Ducks a locker room speech. The video is NSFW, but make sure you...
Several sources thought Randy Carlyle would be the next head coach relieved of his duties. Late Wednesday night, it was made official after the Anaheim Ducks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Montréal Canadiens, Carlyle was canned. "Randy is a terrific head coach and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his...
On Monday morning, two NHL coaches awoke to phone calls they never wanted to receive.
For Bruce Boudreau, it was Capitals general manager George McPhee. For Paul Maurice, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford was the voice on the other end. The message was the same: Your services are no longer needed behind the bench.
With two Southeast Division head coaches losing their jobs...
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (AP) - Randy Carlyle appeared relieved after his Anaheim Ducks snapped a seven-game skid Wednesday night, figuring his talented club had turned a corner.If only the winningest coach in franchise history had known was what waiting for him around that corner.Fed up with the Ducks' inexplicably slow start, ...
For the second time in his career, Bruce Boudreau will play the first game with his new team against the Flyers.
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The Anaheim Ducks have fired coach Randy Carlyle and hired former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, who was dismissed by the Capitals just two days earlier.
The Ducks had their first practice with new coach Bruce Boudreau.
Randy Carlyle appeared relieved after his Anaheim Ducks snapped a seven-game skid Wednesday night, figuring his talented club had turned a corner.
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...
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Think of Bruce Boudreau as the Don Nelson of hockey. Former player gone a bit pudgy, fills a room with his personality, knows offense and wins a ton in the regular season. That makes Boudreau a good hire for the Ducks,...
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.
George McPhee insisted the firing of Bruce Boudreau and hiring of Dale Hunter wasn't about Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals' captain whose production and performance have been lacking this season. But at $9 million this season and more than $95 million left on Ovechkin's contract, there's no doubt that something ...
It felt like a game against Pittsburgh—except for the ending.
The Capitals brought whatever their A game is right now to the ice Thursday against the Pens, but despite holding both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin pointless, the Capitals finished the game one goal too short.
Journalists buzzed before the game how the Capitals hadn’t lost to the Pens under Pittsburgh coach...