ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Bruce Boudreau arrived at this practice facility on Thanksgiving Day four years ago, there were many familiar faces looking back at him when he first addressed the Washington Capitals as the new head coach.
The roster was constructed with high draft picks like Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, but also with a collection of guys he had helped develop while coach of the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League.
Only three of those guys remain on Washington's roster, and for Brooks Laich, Jeff Schultz and Mike Green the news of Boudreau's dismissal was not easy to take Monday morning.
"Pretty tough -- he's a man that myself personally I owe a lot to," Laich said. "The job he's done in Washington has been amazing. Before he got here, we were a last-place team. He's taken us from a team that started to win to one that wins consistently and made the playoffs and ultimately had Stanley Cup expectations. It is tough on a personal note to see him go."