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McPhee supports Boudreau’s bold decisions

Nov 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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If you were Bruce Boudreau, you’d want to make damn sure management had your back before making some of the moves he’s made this season.

Fortunately for the Capitals’ coach, it appears he’s got the support of general manager George McPhee.

The Washington Post spoke with McPhee yesterday about his team’s tumultuous start that has the vultures circling the man behind the bench.

“Bruce did the right thing with [Alex Ovechkin] in the Anaheim game,” McPhee said. “He did the right thing when he didn’t start [Tomas] Vokoun in the opener. He did the right thing tonight sitting [Alex] Semin.”

It’s hard to imagine McPhee wasn’t fully on board with Boudreau’s commitment to accountability prior to the 2011-12 season. These two have been working together for a while now. They’ve had their share of long conversations about which direction to take the Caps.

Let’s face it – if McPhee were to fire his coach, it would be just as big an indictment of his own instincts as Boudreau’s. And if you think the Caps are going in the wrong direction, therein might lie the problem. How can McPhee pull the trigger on a coaching change if all his coach is doing is instituting the plan they came up with together?

  1. Jeff - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    This from the same team that started, what? With seven or eight wins in a row.

    • stakex - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      And the same team that has dominated the regular season the last few years, only to look awful and un-inspired during short playoff appearences.

      The thing is, the last 10 games for the Caps aren’t a big deal really. All teams have slumps. The problems for the Caps are much deeper then a bad 10 game stretch… its that they don’t have a coach/system the players respond to at the right times. The Caps are getting by, like usual, with raw talent… but they need more then that to get over the hump. If McPhee is too close to Boudreau to see the problem, then perhaps he himself is part of the problem.

  2. jpelle82 - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    the panic switch in dc is on a short circuit. relax, only 60+ more games left in the season. theres no way the division leading florida panthers keep up the pace they are on…right?

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