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Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter stepped down Monday, less than 48 hours after his team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers, The Washington Post reported.
General manager George McPhee said Hunter's decision did not come as a surprise, pointing out he was only hired on a one-year contract after taking over in late November for Bruce Boudreau.
The team went 30-23-7 under Hunter, squeaking into the playoffs by three points in a tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference.
The Caps upped their level of play in the postseason, scoring an upset victory in seven games over the defending-champion Boston Bruins.
The team was beaten 2-1 Saturday night by the Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Hunter, 51, saw his No. 32 retired by the Capitals in 2000, only the fourth player in team history to receive the honor. He was the only player in NHL history to record more than 1,000 career points and over 3,000 penalty minutes.
Hunter had coached the London (Ontario) Knights since 2001, compiling the top winning percentage in Canadian Hockey League history.
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Alexander Semin and Tomas Vokoun are reportedly following Dale Hunter out the door. Semin and Vokoun will not return to the Washington Capitals next season, according to separate reports, which means more changes for the team that saw its head coach step down on Monday. Semin's agent told ESPN.com that his client has no intentions of signing a contract extension with the Caps...
Dale Hunter is finished as coach of the Washington Capitals after less than one full season, telling the team he wants to return to his family in Canada.
Hunter says: ''It was the right thing to do.''
He told general manager George McPhee of the decision Monday, two days after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers in Game 7.
Hunter was hired...
As Washington Capitals players were collecting their belongings from their practice facility Monday, they were dealt another blow just two days after their season-ending loss to the New York Rangers.
General manager George McPhee made the announcement that coach Dale Hunter had stepped down.
Hunter made the choice to return to his family -- and his major junior team -- in London...
Dale Hunter told Washington Capitals GM George McPhee during a meeting this morning that he will not be returning to the Caps next year as head coach. The decision comes shortly after the Capitals early exit from the NHL Playoffs.
According to the Washington Post:
“Dale and I met about 10 o’clock and he let me know that he will not be able to return as the coach,” McPhee...
from Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine, There’s change coming to the Washington Capitals this summer and it’s not just their head coach. Barring a complete change of heart, forward Alexander Semin won’t be back in Washington next season. According to Semin’s agent Mark Gandler, the skilled forward has no intentions of signing a contract extension with the Capitals and plans...
I like to keep track of the players in hockey who i think should make the Hall of Fame regardless of what they do in the rest of their careers. When these players retire I like to write a career retrospective. Today I am writing about Sergei Fedorov who announced this weekend that he would retire to become the GM of CSKA Moscow in the KHL.
Fedorov was born on December 13th,...
from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, The Washington Capitals didn’t just lose a second-round playoff series in seven tight, tough games with the top-seeded New York Rangers here in thunderous Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. This was a defeat with a victory of a different but enormously important kind, hidden inside it.
The Caps reasserted, even in their 2-1 loss...
As the Washington Capitals' post season hopes ceased Saturday night with a loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals at the hands of the New York Rangers, many fans looked back on the 2011-12 NHL season with frustration. We here at Rock the Red want to celebrate the successes and unheralded efforts throughout the Caps' past year, and will be presenting several...
(Eds: Updates with details, quotes and byline. With AP Photos.) By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer All those changes didn't get the Washington Capitals any further in the playoffs.
That's the big-picture view, the one that says this season was another disappointing performance by an immensely talented roster.
Remember last summer, when the Capitals in quick succession added...
What an up-and-down season for the Washington Capitals. After changing coaches, not making moves at the trading deadline, pretty much (unofficially) putting a freeze on contract extensions and barely making the playoffs, the Caps eliminated the defending champion Boston Bruins in the first round before bowing out to the New York Rangers in last night’s game seven of the conference...
The Washington Capitals overcame adversity when it came to playoffs pairings this postseason.
With Round 1′s matchup against the Boston Bruins, the Caps showed just how different of a team they were from Day 1 of the 2011-12 season.
Members of the Washington Capitals react after losing Game 7 against the New York Rangers.
Being able to knock off last year’s Stanley...
Last year we got the pleasure of euglogizing the Montreal Canadiens. This year we get to eulogize the Washington Capitals. Head over to PuckDaddy to read it. Can't wait to see how many times we're called classless, not funny, or have people wish DGB wrote it.
The Capitals' season came to a sudden stop on Saturday, with Washington eliminated in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 7 of their second-round series. With it, Dale Hunter's time behind an NHL bench may have come to an end as well. That has nothing to do with Hunter's coaching ability. In less than a year with the Capitals, Hunter proved that he's more than capable...