NHL Breaking News: Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice Fired as Head Coaches

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor INovember 28, 2011

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Paul Maurice of the Carolina Hurricanes reflects during a time out in his game against the Dallas Stars at the RBC Center on November 29, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Paul Maurice of the Carolina Hurricanes have been fired.

The Washington Capitals are off to a lukewarm start by their standards. Their record of 12-9-1 for 25 points puts them second in the Southeast Division. The Capitals are 25th overall in the league for goals allowed.

This is not how fans imagined the season going up to this point. After various rumors and complaints about bench boss Bruce Boudreau, a change has been made.

The news was broken that Bruce Boudreau had been relieved from his duties as head coach by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

 Bob McKenzie  WSH GM George McPhee fired Bruce Boudreau this morning. Dale Hunter is the new head coach. Will be at practice this morning.3 hours ago  Favorite  Retweet  Reply

Kudos does go to Nick Kypreos as he had the inside scoop last night on Sportsnet about Boudreau’s replacement.

This is not surprising news as Washington is 3-6-1 during their last 10 games. Boudreau’s tenure had worn out in Washington after four consecutive postseason failures. It is surprising that a team as dominant as the Capitals has not advanced past the conference semifinals during Boudreau’s tenure.

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During his tenure in Washington, Boudreau had a record of 189-79-39. Before that, Boudreau coached the Muskegon Fury, Fort Wayne Komets, Mississippi Sea Wolves, Lowell Lock Monsters, Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears.

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 vi
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Ted Leonis had this to say on his blog.

"It's never easy to let a coach go, and Bruce was a popular personality who helped turn around our franchise," Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog. "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."

Former Capital Dale Hunter, who was head coach of the OHL’s London Knights, has been named as Boudreau’s replacement.

However, Boudreau was not the only coach to be fired. Paul Maurice was fired (again) by the Carolina Hurricanes. They have been marred by a terrible start and have not had the superstar production from their captain Eric Staal. 

Maurice was rehired during the 2007-08 season after two years with the Maple Leafs. The underperforming Hurricanes have lost 10 of their last 13 and are in last place of the Southeast Division.

SI.com has reported that Kirk Muller should become the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

McKenzie also has confirmed this.

 Bob McKenzie  CAR fires Paul Maurice, Kirk Muller is the new guy.1 hour ago  Favorite  Retweet  Reply

 Bob McKenzie  CAR not practising today. Kirk Muller will be introduced at a news conference this evening.1 hour ago  Favorite  Retweet  Reply

To Hunter and Muller, best of luck but to Boudreau and Maurice, to borrow a line from John Laurinaitis, I wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Tom Urtz Jr. is an NHL Featured Columnist and New York Rangers Featured Columnist. For NHL news, updates and alerts about players:

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