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.