was the right guy for the job four years ago.
wasn't getting through to the young Capitals, but in walked the affable Boudreau, with his everyday-man personality, open mind, and an offensive system catered to the likes of all-world talents such as Alex Ovechkin
, Mike Green
, Nicklas Backstrom
and Alexander Semin
Boudreau's way worked as the Capitals surged under his watch, winning four Southeast Division titles, including the Presidents' Trophy in 2010.
But over the last 12 months Boudreau's message and his system had changed. No longer was this going to be the fun-loving, free-wheeling Capitals. No longer were they going to try to put five goals on the board because it would be enough to make up for the three or four they allowed. No longer were they going to rely on the stars, namely Ovechkin, to bail them out.
Boudreau was making changes in an attempt to save his team's reputation and, in the long run, his job.
One has taken a hit, the other is officially gone, with Boudreau being fired by Washington GM George McPhee
on Monday and replaced by ex-Capitals captain Dale Hunter