According to Washington Capitals
General Manager George McPhee
, he expects Bruce Boudreau
to return as the team's coach next season.
"I expect him to be back, yeah," McPhee told reporters on Thursday. "He's a good coach."
Despite finishing atop the Eastern Conference, the Capitals were swept from the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning
, falling 5-3 in Game 4 on Wednesday.
The team has advanced to the playoffs each of Boudreau's four seasons, but has yet to get past the second round. The Caps are 17-20 in the playoffs under Boudreau.
However, that record doesn't faze McPhee.
"Someone said he's not a good playoff coach," McPhee said. "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."
The players also seem to want Boudreau to stay.
"This locker room is unbelievable," Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin
said following Game 4. "Everybody supports everybody. I hope this same team is going to be here next year."
"(This) doesn't fall on Bruce," added Brooks Laich
. "We're the guys that play the game. I think Bruce, (assistant coaches) Dean (Evason) and Bob (Woods) -- I think we have a dream team of coaches. I think we're privileged to play for these guys. I think we're lucky to play for these guys. I've said it before -- any criticism directed toward them is totally unjust. They put the game plan together (and) it's up to the players to execute it. I can't say enough about our coaching staff. Like I said, I think they’re a dream team of coaches."