The slumping Washington Capitals announced Monday that they have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau. Dale Hunter, who captained the Washington Capitals, will replace him starting immediately.
The Capitals started off red hot with a 7-0 record. They obliterated opponents by scoring numerous goals and stellar goaltending. They hit a rough patch and have gone 5-9-1 since then. Boudreau sent many messages to his players including benching Alexander Ovechkin and scratching Alex Semin, but neither have been able to motivate the team.
Bruce Boudreau is known as a fiery coach. He has led the Capitals the last half decade to four consecutive Southeast Division and a President’s Trophy. But, his regular season success hasn’t translated into the playoffs, where he and the Capitals have struggled. He has been known to fire his players up and get the most of of his superstars in Ovechkin, Semin, and Nicklas Backstrom.
Dale Hunter played twelve seasons in Washington and was the face of their franchise. Hunter led the Capitals to two conference finals and one Stanley Cup final. He is the only player in history to score over 1,000 points while recording 3,000 penalty minutes on top of that. Since his NHL days, Hunter has been coaching the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League for the past eleven seasons. Hunter has put up tremendous numbers finishing with a 451-189-23-24 record. A .691% is the highest in OHL history. Hunter should have no problem getting the most out of the stars in the Capital’s roster as he has coaching some very talented players including John Tavares.
The Capitals should regroup now as they know if they keep losing, changes will now come down to the players. Ovechkin will have to prove he is deserving of the C on his jersey. If anyone will lead the Capitals out of this funk, it will be Alex. He has enough talent to lead a team and the players surrounding him make the Capitals into a well rounded team. Expect every player to take a look into their mirror and figure out what they can do better. The Capitals will rebound from this losing streak and have a successful season. It would be hard to see a team stacked with Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, Mike Green, and Thomas Volkoun miss the playoffs. The only question is will they be able to make a deep run into the playoffs?
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