The Capitals have fired their Head Coach, Bruce Boudreau, today. Boudreau coached the Capitals for parts of five seasons and has a record of 201-88-40 in the regular season and is the fastest head coach to ever win 200 games.
But so far this season hasn’t gone to plan after winning their first seven games of the year, a franchise record, they only have a record of 12-9-1 and have two really bad road losses, one to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the other to the Buffalo Sabres, where they were playing a lot of AHL players due to injuries and lost a combined score of 12 to 2.
Also injuries have hurt the Caps, most notably Mike Green, who has played in only eight games this season and the Caps are undefeated in those games. Alexander Semin has also been a big distraction for the team this season as he has only five goals with16 penalties and was a healthy scratch for a game for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.
But the playoffs have been the biggest issue for Bruce Boudreau, only going 17-20 and never getting past the second round even with home ice advantage all four seasons. Twice the Caps haven’t even gotten past the first round, including being the #1 seeded team in the whole NHL two seasons ago and losing in seven games to the Montreal Canadiens. Last season the Caps got past the first round in five games against the New York Rangers, but got swept by their Southeast Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.
Under Boudreau the Caps have won the Presidents’ Trophy (most points in the NHL), earned the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference twice and won four Southeast Division titles.
Former Caps Captain Dale Hunter is the new head coach.