Last night, rumors flew furiously across the Twittersphere that the Washington Capital’s head coach Bruce Boudreau was fired. Not only has Boudreau been the target of recent controversey over statements blasting the Penguin’s head coach Dan Bylsma, but the Capitals have other issues hanging over their heads.
Captain Alexander Ovechkin isn’t performing under Boudreau. In fact, he is showing him as little respect as a coach as he possibly can. (See Ovi here calling Boudreau explicitives after being benched for a game over time period.)
Dale Hunter of the OHL team the London Knights has replaced Boudreau. Hunter has a fantastic record with the Knights and helped the team to a Memorial Cup championship. Pens prospect, defenseman Scott Harrington plays for the Knights. (Harrington was drafted in the 2011 by the Pens in the second round.)
Hunter played for the Capitals and had his number retired by the team.
With his solid record in London and as a former player, one can guess that he has the potential to help breathe new life into the Capitals the way Bylsma did for the Pens in 2009 after Michel Therrien was fired. However, I remain skeptical. The Capitals have bigger problems than Boudreau. This is just the beginning for the Caps if they plan to ever bring home something more than a Winter Classic championship (*snorts*) and the Presidents’ Trophy.
The next step, in my opinion, is to scratch Ovechkin as captain and sew the “C” to veteran Mike Knuble’s sweater. Ovechkin is supposed to be one of the best in the world. He is one dimensional though. Let him play as Ovi and give someone else the leadership responsibility. He doesn’t have it.
I’m sure we’ll be seeing many more moves by the Capitals this season. Keep your eyes open.
Hunter will coach his first game tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues. The Pens play the Capitals on Thursday.
You can’t just want the win, Bruce. You gotta f*cking want it.