The Bruce Boudreau era is over in Washington DC. Despite an incredibly hot start by the Caps, the team is in the midst of a prolonged slump and today the organization fired Bruce Boudreau as head coach. Capitals general manager George McPhee admitted in a press conference earlier Monday that it was obvious some players were no longer responding to their coach, and so a change needed to be made. 106.7 The Fan’s Capitals insider “Smokin'” Al Koken joined “The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner” Monday, and Koken says this past weekend was when he knew the Caps had quit on their coach.
“These past two game; the game against the (New York) Rangers where there was just a flat effort, and then not to be able to back it with a little more of an aggressive effort against Buffalo (Sabres) and that to me said this team had stopped listening to their coach.”
Koken defended Boudreau as well, saying Bruce is either first or second in regards to being the best coach in Capitals history, and hopes fans don’t forget how much Bruce did to make the Caps the Stanley Cup contenders they have become. Al also admits blaming just Boudreau is a mistake, and Washington’s goalies have been a big disappointment this season.
“There is one goal a night that I could say ‘that should have been stopped,’ but that gets lost in the drama between coach and captain (Alex Ovechkin), is (Alexander) Semin doing this, are the other guys buying in, where’s Mike Green; all the other stories are more fun to cover and more visible, but (goal-tending) has been underplayed, and I don’t think it should be underplayed. I think it’s a major factor as to why this team appears to be running in sand.”
Al also discusses new head coach Dale Hunter, and wonders what strategy the former player will bring to this team.
“Is it going to be a coach coming in and putting his skate on a few people’s throats? Or is this going to be a coach by trying to unleash a few people the way Bruce Boudreau did when he first got here. One of the things I’ve always head about the way Hunter has coached his junior team is that he is more of a wide open coach, so it’s going to be interesting to see which dimension gets featured.”
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