Caps analyst Craig Laughlin joined “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan with his reaction to Washington’s coach Bruce Boudreau being fired and the hiring of Dale Hunter.

“I think it’s a sad day, in one sense, that the team was playing so poorly  that their were some, probably, head-knocking between the head coach and some of the star players and often, as you guys know, the coach loses out in all these situations and it’s sort of sad day because Bruce was a pioneer here in Washington.  He brought this team to life, the fans adored him, and now the fans will adore Dale Hunter, and he’s going to be a heck of a coach   ”  Laughlin said in his initial response.

Part of the reasoning for Boudreau being canned was a disconnect between the players and the coach, culminating with the loss in Buffalo on Saturday to an undermanned Sabres squad where the team played uninspired hockey.

Laughlin speculated that Boudreau’s coaching demeanor was the reasoning for this sudden disconnect.

“He had a mandate this year…he had to make it to the playoffs.  He had to go a long way and he started with a new mandate.  Maybe the new Bruce Boudreau, which we saw this year, which was a lot different from the Bruce in the past, went from a players coach to someone not so much so,”  Laughlin said.

Listen to the full “Sports Junkies” interview with Caps analyst Craig Laughlin about Boudreau’s firing and what to expect from new coach Dale Hunter below:


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