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by IwoCPO on 11/28/11 at 12:08 PM ET
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals have fired coach Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with Dale Hunter.
The Capitals announced the move Monday, less than a week after Boudreau reached 200 wins faster than any coach in modern NHL history.
He increased the team’s level of accountability by benching players. He demanded more of them physically than ever before. He challenged them privately and through the media.
But when the Capitals followed a 7-0-0 start with a 5-9-1 nosedive from first in the Eastern Conference to eighth, general manager George McPhee was forced to make a change.
Japer’s Rink will undoubtedly be all over this today.
There’ll be plenty to discuss on this move - from the decision itself to the reasons behind it and what Hunter brings to the team - but for now we’d like to tip our cap to Coach Boudreau and thank him for all he’s done for the team, its fans and the city. Bruce Boudreau may not have been the guy to take the Caps to the next level, but it’s been a pleasure to watch and cover him over the past handful of years, and we wish him nothing but the best in whatever he does next.
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