"I expect him to be back,” GM George McPhee told Tarik El Bashir of The Washington Post on Thursday, a day after the Caps were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning. “He's a good coach.
“Someone said he's not a good playoff coach There's no difference between a playoff coach and regular season coach. Either you're a good coach or you're not. He's a good coach.”
Boudreau's record in the regular season and the playoffs can't be much more dissimilar.
The Caps have won four consecutive division titles, the Presidents’ Trophy a season ago and were the top seed in the Eastern Conference the past two seasons. It’s the playoffs where the talented team that boasts Alex Ovechkin and other Stars have struggled under Boudreau, winning only two of six playoff series. Boudreau's playoff record is 17-20.
Earlier Thursday, Caps majority owner Ted Leonsis preached his usually fare -- humility with a heavy helping of patience -- on his blog:
The best course of action for us though is to let a few days pass; be very analytic about what needs to be improved; articulate that plan; and then execute upon it.
Clearly we know we have to improve to build a franchise that is as good as our fan base.
I appreciate your emails. I appreciate all of the advice we are being given by media and bloggers. I understand that we are what our record says we are.
-- A.J. Perez