WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals watches the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Verizon Center on November 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 4-3. This was Boudreau's 200th career victory. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Bruce Boudreau Hired As Anaheim Ducks Coach Two Days After Being Fired By Capitals

It didn't take long for Bruce Boudreau to find another head coaching gig. The Anaheim Ducks have hired Boudreau to replace Randy Carlyle, just two days after the Capitals fired him.

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Bruce Boudreau Hired As New Anaheim Ducks Head Coach

It didn't take long for former Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau to find another job. The struggling Anaheim Ducks have hired Boudreau to replace Randy Carlyle as their head coach, announcing the news in a press release.

"This was an extremely difficult decision," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "Randy is a terrific head coach, and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership."

The Ducks had lost seven in a row and nine of their last 10 before winning, 4-1, over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Boudreau was let go by the Capitals on Monday in favor of Dale Hunter. At the time, GM George McPhee said the Capitals "stopped responding" to Boudreau.

For more on the Ducks, visit Anaheim Calling and SB Nation Los Angeles.


Mike Green Calls Bruce Boudreau's Firing 'Necessary'

BALLSTON, Va. - Over the last two days, members of the Washington Capitals have shared their thoughts on the firing of Bruce Boudreau. Wednesday, it was Mike Green's turn to express his opinion on the dismissal of his long-time coach.

"No, I haven't actually," Green said when asked if he had spoken to Boudreau. "It's a new chapter now, but obviously he was a great coach and unfortunately we weren't responding here in the last couple months. I think it was a necessary thing, but we're definitely happy to have Dale. He seems like an honest guy, a strict guy. That seems to be what we need maybe for guys to respond properly."

Green played under Boudreau in AHL Hershey, winning the Calder Cup in 2006, and when the Caps promoted Boudreau to Washington, Green flourished and became an All-Star caliber player. In 270 games under Boudreau, Green finished with 76 goals, 153 assists and a plus-79 rating.


Bruce Boudreau Fired: Former Washington Capitals' Coach Says He Tried 'Every Trick I Knew'

For the first time since his firing on Monday, Bruce Boudreau has spoken. He sat down with Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post to talk about his side of the story, here are some of his more important quotes, but the whole thing is certainly worth a read.

On his reaction to the firing: “I told George this on Monday: I tried every trick that I knew in 18 years and nothing was working.” Boudreau said. “I told him, ‘You’re doing what you have to do.’ I thought I was going to be here forever, but this was something I thought that had to be done. Am I disappointed? Absolutely.”

On the phone call he received Monday morning.

“When nothing happened Sunday, I thought, ‘Okay, we’re playing St. Louis and Pittsburgh and maybe that’s going to be the telltale,’’ Boudreau said in the living room of his Potomac home. “But I was driving to work at 6:10 on Monday and I got a text. It was George. He said, call me when you wake up. I said, ‘Uh oh, that’s not good.’ He told me to come to his house.”

On whether the team quit on him at any point this season.

“I’m so naive, I never thought that could happen until people started bringing it up to me in the last day or two,” he said. “I have to go back and look at the games because I can’t imagine that. When I played, I would always play for the guy next to me, not the coach.”

I expect more to come out in the next few days, but this is a good start. For more on the Capitals, head over to Japers' Rink.


Bruce Boudreau Fired: Former Washington Capitals' Coach Denies Rift With Alex Ovechkin

When Bruce Boudreau was fired as the head coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday, one of the reasons suspected was that his strong relationship with star Alex Ovechkin had deteriorated. Former ESPN analyst Barry Melrose implied as such in a radio interview on Tuesday. But in his first public comments on the actual firing itself, Boudreau strongly denied that he had a rift with his star, saying Ovechkin actually called him on Tuesday.

Via ESPN's Scott Burnside:

Boudreau said Ovechkin called him after the news of Boudreau's firing. Boudreau said the two spoke for 15 minutes on Tuesday and the star winger thanked his former coach for his time with the Capitals.

"And I told him I loved him and blah, blah, blah, all the regular stuff," Boudreau said.

Boudreau said reports of there being a rift are "so far from the truth." Later, in response to a question about when he benched Ovechkin earlier in the season, Boudreau said he "never had a problem" with Ovechkin liking him or not.

For more on Boudreau's firing, visit this StoryStream. For more fan reaction and more on anything Capitals hockey, head over to Japers' Rink.


Bruce Boudreau Fired: Former Washington Capitals Coach Thanks Fans For Support

Former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has just given his first public statement since being fired by the team on Monday after four years as its head coach. In a conversation with CSN Washington's Chick Hernandez, Boudreau didn't say much about his opinions on the firing, but did say that he wanted to thank everyone for his support.

"The support from the people has been unbelievable. I can't thank the fans enough. They made this bearable. Losing your job is never easy.

"My wife and I love the D.C. Area. I can see myself, if I never get another job, coming back and staying here forever."

Boudreau will probably find another job soon, so that last comment may be an empty one, but either way, it's a sign of the work Boudreau has done to help bring the Capitals to this high of a level. He was always a charismatic figure locally during his tenure, and this just proves it.


Washington Capitals Players React To Bruce Boudreau's Firing

BALLSTON, Va. - Here are some reactions from the Washington Capitals about Bruce Boudreau's dismissal and Dale Hunter's arrival as head coach.

Alex Ovechkin: "I think everybody was in shock. I had about 50 missed calls. Kind of a shocking situation, but it is what it is. I think first of all we have to play good. All the guys who worked with Bruce know he's a great coach and a great guy. It's done and we have to look forward. We're going to be working hard and play our best."

Nicklas Backstrom: "It was shocking, but I mean, I really don't know what to say. It is what it is. We've got a new guy and I'm sure you guys know more about him than I do, but he has a lot of experience and he's been playing in this league and he's coaching in Canada, so hopefully, he can bring a lot to this team and teach us and help us."

Brooks Laich: "Before he got here, we were a last place team. He's taken us from a team that started to win and then won consistently and made the playoffs and ultimately had Stanley Cup expectations. It's tough on a personal note to see him go. When I first found out this morning, my first thought was 'I wish I could have done more.'"

Dennis Wideman: "It's always tough when someone loses a job...but to have Dale here, knowing what he's gonna bring is exciting. I think it's going to be a good fit here. We're going to change the way we play a little bit."

Mike Knuble: "Your immediate thought is a little bit of guilt as a player. With that being said, Bruce was a great coach while he was here. I think he did everything he could in his power to try to get this team to win. I think his four years here were a good thing for the Capitals. I think the team achieved a lot while he was here. You say, 'Yeah, but they didn't win the big game,' but they still made a lot of forward progress. He left it a different organization for the better, I think."

For more on Boudreau's firing, visit this StoryStream. For more fan reaction and more on anything Capitals hockey, head over to Japers' Rink.


VIDEO: Dale Hunter Addresses Media After Bruce Boudreau Firing

Via our friends at CSN Washington, here is a live stream of Dale Hunter's first public remarks after taking over for Bruce Boudreau as the Washington Capitals head coach.


George McPhee On Bruce Boudreau Firing: 'The Players Were No Longer Responding To Bruce'

BALLSTON, VA - Three hours after the announcement of Bruce Boudreau's dismissal was made official, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee explained his reasoning.

"The reason for the change was we weren't winning," McPhee said to an assembly of reporters at Kettler Capitals Iceplex "This wasn't a slump. You can ride out slumps. This was simply a case of the players were no longer responding to Bruce. When you see that...you have to make a change."

In four seasons with the Caps, Boudreau led the Caps to four straight Southeast Division championships and a President's Trophy. He amassed a 201-88-40 regular season record and his 200th win came just last week, making him the fastest coach in NHL history to reach that mark. Yet, a 5-9-1 tailspin - specifically after last week's 0-3 road trip - juxtaposed by a 7-0-0 start was the end of Boudreau's tenure.

"I didn't like some of the things that I saw in training camp and some of the preseason games," McPhee said. "I don't want to put too much into that, but I was worried then. Then, we had a great start and then we started to slip up. You have an injury here or there that you think is part of it, but ultimately, we have too many players that aren't playing well and that's what it comes down to. They can play better. You have to find out how to make them play better and we think this is the solution."

Boudreau spent the first 22 games of this season trying to hold his players more accountable. He benched Alex Ovechkin at the end of a game; he scratched Alexander Semin last Monday; he scratched Joel Ward Wednesday for missing a team meeting. When asked if Boudreau's approach to accountability had anything to do with the decision to fire him, McPhee said it wasn't a large factor.

"I don't think accountability was the real issue here," McPhee said. "The issue was we weren't playing very well. I think Bruce came in here and emptied the tank. He gave it everything he could and did a really good job, but the tank was empty. When that happens, you get a new coach where the tank is full and see if it makes a difference."

McPhee said that he and Boudreau had a meeting around 6:15 a.m. this morning and that Boudreau was a "class act."

"You don't want to make these decisions, but when you see what I saw, you have to make the decision," McPhee continued. "You can't look the other way. I've seen it in a few games recently, enough that I knew the team wasn't responding. We've got their attention now and hopefully they'll respond in the right way."

In regards to Boudreau's replacement, Dale Hunter, McPhee said that the two had been in touch about the head coaching position for about a week, but McPhee said that he's wanted Hunter to coach the Caps for a long time.

"We've talked consistently over 12 years," McPhee said. "I was always hoping that one day Dale could coach this team. Timing's everything and the time is right now."

For more on Boudreau's firing, visit this StoryStream. For more fan reaction and more on anything Capitals hockey, head over to Japers' Rink.


Bruce Boudreau Fired: Washington Capitals' Owner Ted Leonsis 'Thankful' For Boudreau's Tenure With Team

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has issued a statement on his blog on the team's decision to fire head coach Bruce Boudreau on Monday. Leonsis offered thanks to Boudreau for his four-year tenure with the team and praised him for turning the squad around.

It’s never easy to let a coach go, and Bruce was a popular personality who helped turn around our franchise. Despite what transpired on the ice this year, I always will be thankful for Bruce’s time with the Capitals and will remember him fondly. He is a great coach who I’m confident will land another spot in the NHL. Unfortunately the shelf life of a coach is short; Bruce was the fifth longest tenured coach in the league. That’s amazing to me.

Leonsis later wrote that he was "grateful" to Boudreau and his family.

For more on Boudreau's firing, visit this StoryStream. For more fan reaction and more on anything Capitals hockey, head over to Japers' Rink.


Bruce Boudreau Fired: Former Washington Capitals Coach Says He's Had 'Better Days'

The Washington Capitals fired head coach Bruce Boudreau on Monday morning, and statements from the team or from Boudreau himself have not been readily available as of yet. But Pierre LeBurn of ESPN has one comment from the former coach.

Boudreau paid the price for his club's downward spiral. Since starting the season 7-0-0, the Caps have gone 5-9-1 since -- including weekend losses to New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. Via text message, Boudreau declined comment for now when reached by ESPN.com other than to say he's obviously had "better days."

Capitals GM George McPhee will be holding a press conference at the team's training facility this morning at 11 am before the team practices at noon. I expect there to be more on Boudreau as that conference continues, and certainly some reaction from the players after practice, but we aren't quite sure when we will hear about Boudreau's side of the story until a little bit later on.

For more on Boudreau's firing, visit this StoryStream. For more fan reaction and more on anything Capitals hockey, head over to Japers' Rink.


Bruce Boudreau Fired As Capitals Head Coach, And Now Players Are On The Clock

The Washington Capitals had no choice but to let Bruce Boudreau go as their head coach. Now, the pressure is squarely on the players to step up.


Bruce Boudreau Fired: Dale Hunter Is New Capitals Coach, But Far From Fresh Face

The Washington Capitals officially announced that they fired head coach Bruce Boudreau early Monday morning. His replacement, Dale Hunter, may be a fresh face behind a NHL bench, but he is far from new when it comes to being a member of this franchise.

Hunter's number, 32, hangs from the Verizon Center rafters. In 12 seasons with Washington, Hunter scored 181 goals and accumulated 2,122 penalty minutes. In fact, Hunter is the only player in NHL history to scored 1,000 goals and amass 3,000 penalty minutes. He also captained the Caps during their only trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998, a 4-0 sweep to the Detroit Red Wings.

Recently, Hunter has spent the last decade-plus coaching the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, a team that he also served as co-owner, president and general manager of. He reached 300 and 400 wins in the OHL faster than any coach in league history and led the Knights to the Memorial Cup in 2004-05. His OHL coaching record of 451-189-23-24 has the highest winning percentage (.691) in league history.

While with London, Hunter coached current Caps John Carlson and Dennis Wideman as well as NHL stars Rick Nash, Corey Perry, John Tavares and Patrick Kane, so he understands how to mold superstars, something that may have been the final nail in Boudreau's coffin.

Hunter will make his NHL coaching debut Tuesday at Verizon Center against the St. Louis Blues.


Bruce Boudreau Fired As Coach Of Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with former team Captain Dale Hunter.

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