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Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:04 pm
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By Brian Stubits

From the completely unsubstantiated rumors department, we present to the latest from Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos -- a typically solid insider -- on the Washington Capitals coaching situation. This is just a friendly reminder to consume this with one healthy grain of salt.

As a guest on Rogers Sportsnet's Hockey Central, Kypreos was asked about the situation in Washington at the moment, a city he once played in. His response sent the Caps fan base into a tizzy (transcribed quotes from Washington Times).

“A lot of speculation something could happen in the next 24-48 hours,” Kypreos said. “The name being thrown out there is ex-Washington Capital, a centerman of mine, Dale Hunter.”

The Capitals denied the rumor, calling it just speculation.

Kypreos played with Hunter in Washington during their stints in the NHL. Hunter has been the coach of the London Knights in the OHL for 11 years and his family is tied in with the organization. For his part, he denied being contacted for the job through the London Free-Press.

I don't think anybody could be surprised if Boudreau were to get the boot now. Because of the team's lack of success in the playoffs, he has been on thin ice for a guy who has won as much as he has in the regular season. But since they started the season 7-0-0, the Caps have fallen on tough times. Since then, they are 5-9-1 and in the past eight games they have been outscored 34-17.

What makes this time different then all the past rumors of his demise? Well general manager George McPhee failed to give a comment on Boudreau's job safety earlier this month when asked.

There have been issues this season with some of his players this season. Things haven't seemed as harmonious for the Caps after Boudreau was encouraged by McPhee in a new accountability theme with the team. That led to the benching of Alex Ovechkin in the final shift of the game -- one which the Caps eventually did score on. He has been poking and prodding Alexander Semin to get the most out of him, including scratching the Russian winger for a game.

Through it all, none of it has seemed to work much. Would a new coach like Hunter be what finally brings those guys back to form?

With their 4-3 win over the Coyotes last week, Boudreau became the fastest coach in NHL history to 200 wins. Still, here we are talking about Boudreau's job security. Again.

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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:58 am
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

Dirtiest hit i`ve ever seen in hockey,and i`ve seen a few in 50 years,was Dale Hunter smashing an unsuspecting,completely defenceles Pierre Turgeon into the boards,from behind.After the whistle had blown and Turgeon had his arms raised in the air,smiling and celebrating towards the fans,Hunter ran Turgeon,a couple of feet from the boards,from behind face first into the boards.Bad enough if you`re playing.Unimaginable if you`re not.And they weren`t.Turgeons teamates were gliding over to congratulate him,Hunters mates were skating away.Except for Hunter.Turgeon is a hall fame skill player,Hunter was a goon.He raced at the unsuspecting hockey player and almost killed him.Ruined his career.THAT`S what Washington now has for a coach.I`ve always loved watching the Caps.I`ve cheered for my last game for them.
At the time the goon Hunter did what he did(they`d throw him out for life now) a bigot goon named Don Cherry condoned Hunters actions.Cherry never could play in the bigs,he too was a goon.But Toronto ran the show in those days,Cherry cheered for "Toronto area" boys,(WASPS) and Hunter fit the bill.He was a dirty,sneaky goon.And now he`s a coach of some very skilled players.Nice move Washington.Where`s Ted Nolan when you need him


panties. lose em.


mackchose
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:34 am
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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:45 am
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

I agree. They seemed to have all of the pieces.  And I got tired of the team falling behind early in the game and have to come back and win in the third period.  But they were still getting the job done.  Maybe the players are jaded with all of the wins over the last few years.  I just wish Boudreau could have stayed.  But oh well.  I am a little excited that it is Dale Hunter and he seems to be kicking some trash in the OHL.  The players had better respect this guy.  His picture and number are only hanging over their heads in the practice facility.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:31 am
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

jasonmmd: Lots of wins, but still under-performing. This team, with the talent it has, should have won a Cup by now. Time for a change, he'll end up somewhere else, no problem. Now of course, they'll win three in a row: "It wasn't us, it was him!".



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:26 am
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

I'm sad to hear the news this morning. I'm not a hockey expert, but I thought Boudreau was great. Clearly, he won lots of games for the organization. It's just crazy to believe that they gave him the boot with so many wins. It's not like the team was as bad as it was under Glen Hanlon. But then, the team seems to be in a serious funk. I would hate to hear that his fate was decided by moody Russians. Ovechkin and Semin had better step it up now. I wouldn't have minded if they hadn't re-signed Semin or traded him away. ...Oh well.



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:12 am
 

Dirtiest most gutless hit i`ve ever seen in hocke

Dirtiest hit i`ve ever seen in hockey,and i`ve seen a few in 50 years,was Dale Hunter smashing an unsuspecting,completely defenceles Pierre Turgeon into the boards,from behind.After the whistle had blown and Turgeon had his arms raised in the air,smiling and celebrating towards the fans,Hunter ran Turgeon,a couple of feet from the boards,from behind face first into the boards.Bad enough if you`re playing.Unimaginable if you`re not.And they weren`t.Turgeons teamates were gliding over to congratulate him,Hunters mates were skating away.Except for Hunter.Turgeon is a hall fame skill player,Hunter was a goon.He raced at the unsuspecting hockey player and almost killed him.Ruined his career.THAT`S what Washington now has for a coach.I`ve always loved watching the Caps.I`ve cheered for my last game for them.
At the time the goon Hunter did what he did(they`d throw him out for life now) a bigot goon named Don Cherry condoned Hunters actions.Cherry never could play in the bigs,he too was a goon.But Toronto ran the show in those days,Cherry cheered for "Toronto area" boys,(WASPS) and Hunter fit the bill.He was a dirty,sneaky goon.And now he`s a coach of some very skilled players.Nice move Washington.Where`s Ted Nolan when you need him



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:44 am
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

So much for speculation.  Looks like Kypreos was right on.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:45 am
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

Fastest to 200 victories, you forgot one stat 39 of those victories came in OT or the shoot out. The luxury Don Cherry did not have.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Talk about Boudreau's security picks up again

i suggest hiring the producer of the Eastern Motors commercials. 


clearly they have a good way of keepin it real with today's modern athlete. 


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