It has now been almost two weeks since ex-head coach Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Washington Capitals. Much has happened since then. Boudreau has been hired by the Anaheim Ducks, his assistant Bob Woods was also fired by the Caps and subsequently hired by Anaheim, and, most importantly, Dale Hunter has won his first few games as head coach of the Caps.
Well-respected former Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig summed up the situation around Boudreau's dismissal very well: "You know the old saying, you can’t fire 20 players. I think the players have got to take the responsibility for this one. Unfortunately, Bruce is the one that’s paying for it."
The Capitals, expected to once again be one of the league leaders, had slipped to a 12-9-1 record, and something had to be done. Boudreau was fired, even though, as Kolzig said, this was mainly the fault of the players. Bruce Boudreau is a great coach, and the Caps and their General Manager George McPhee could well grow to regret their decision to let him go. Here are five reasons why.