Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman joined “The Sports Junkies” and gave some insight to the abrupt firing of coach Bruce, and what to expect from Dale Hunter since he played for the Ontario Knights Junior League Team under the Caps’ replacment.
Wideman said that the coaching change was a surprise for the players as well as some fans.
“We hadn’t really talked about it, we know we weren’t playing well, we knew we could be a lot better. We hadn’t really heard anything about a coaching change. Bruce has done such a great job here, as a good coach and a good guy, but it’s the nature of the game”.
When asked about what coach Hunter was like as a coach, Wideman discussed his previous experience playing for Hunter in Ontario.
“He’s hard on you, he makes you work hard, but he’s fair, he is a player’s coach. But on the other hand, if you’re not playing, he’s not a player’s coach.”
Wideman discussed Hunter’s first time addressing the Capitals and his expectations, saying, “he expects us to play a lot of the speed game, and he made a couple of points clear about odd man rushes”. JP asked Wideman what he believes will change under the new coach, Wideman clarified what Hunter meant by playing a speed game technique, “probably a lot less East-West passing, a board to board kind of thing, getting everything in deep, and floor checking hard. Maybe we didn’t dump the puck in as much in the past, as he’ll probably want us to do, so that will probably change.”
To hear the full interview, and see what the Caps may have in store for them with the new head coach change, listen here: