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Is Bruce Boudreau about to be fired?

Nov 27, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

The Twitter machine is ablaze this evening with rumors that Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau will be fired in the next 24-48 hours.

Sparking the fire was Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. On the Sunday edition of Hockey Central, Kypreos and host Scott Morrison were speaking about the Caps, who are 3-7-1 over their last 11 games and fresh off a 5-1 pasting at the hands of Buffalo.

“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.”

Hunter is a Caps icon — his No. 32 was retired in 2000, along with the penalty box from the old Capital Centre (Hunter is the only NHL player ever to score over 1,000 points and rack up over 3,000 penalty minutes.) But he’s also the current coach and co-owner of the OHL’s London Knights, a position he’s held for the last 10 years.

That could be an issue, according to Kypreos. “Question is whether he [Hunter] would leave his junior program in London, which is off to a great start, in midseason to take this job,” he told Hockey Central.

Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times reached out to Capitals spokesman Sergey Kocharov via email for reaction.

“Not true,” Kocharov replied. “Just speculation.”

Of note: There was some confusion this evening as a Kypreos imposter Twitter account (RealKyper_) tweeted the Boudreau rumor (but taking it a step further, saying Boudreau was fired) within minutes of Kypreos saying it on Sportsnet. This led many to believe that the original rumor was fake. Which is was not.

So, to clarify: Real Nick Kypreos broke the Boudreau rumor on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central this evening. Fake Twitter Nick Kypreos tweeted a follow-up, which cast doubt on its authenticity. (Full marks to Whyno at the Washington Times for getting tape from Sportsnet and transcribing the audio, verifying real Nick Kypreos actually broke the Boudreau rumor on air.)

Isn’t social media fun?

  1. rowbear - Nov 27, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    The Caps need to go back to their open style, scoring in bunches. I think this accomplishes two things. The first is Ovi will start having fun again. He may never score 65 again, but he should be able to put up 50 consistently. The second thing is, with a run and gun approach, the defense will suffer slightly allowing for more shots on Vokoun which he is used to. He can get into more of a rhythm and stop giving up so many goals.

    • dreadpiratesteve - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:10 AM

      Twitter will be the end of civilization

    • stakex - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:58 AM

      Couldn’t agree more, and I’ll never know why they made the switch. Their post season struggles had a lot more to do with poor contribution from key players then it did with a lack of defense. All the change managed to do was screw up the part of the game the Caps dominated at. Now they are a weak defensive team with a sluggish offense… and you can’t tell me Ovechkin’s struggles aren’t linked to their current system.

      Horrible decision to change things the way they did, and people need to be held accountable. After all, isn’t that their theam this year? Holding people accountable?

  2. stakex - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    You know, I think a change in Washingtons coaching is in order. After all, it couldn’t hurt.

    However, if they are going to do it… they should just do it. Its really not fair to Boudreau to have rumors swirling around like this if they are true. If their not true then there isn’t much the Caps can do obviously, but I hope there not stringing him along simply until they have a replacement lined up. Even though things have gone south for Boudrea of late, he really did do quite a bit for the Caps and they should be fair to him.

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