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Bruce Boudreau probably won’t be out of work very long

Nov 28, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

Bruce Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin Getty Images

Bruce Boudreau getting swept out as head coach of the Caps this morning was probably not entirely shocking. After all, the Caps were coming off a string of bad losses capped off by a loss to a Buffalo team playing more minor leaguers than NHL players. The Caps are supposed to be a Stanley Cup contender and Boudreau wasn’t getting them there anymore.

If you’re feeling bad for Boudreau this morning though, you shouldn’t feel too down because the current state of coaching in the NHL suggests that if he wants another job in the NHL all he’ll need to do is wait a little bit. While Paul Maurice is out in Carolina with Kirk Muller likely to take over, there are other chances out there for Boudreau to potentially land.

Anaheim’s struggles have led to grumblings about how Randy Carlyle could wind up without a job there. Losing 16 of their last 18 games will do that. Columbus has fixed things up a bit lately with Scott Arniel, but given how the Blue Jackets’ lineup is set with a lot of veteran and young talent, it could be a solid spot for Boudreau to land there.

The same can be said of Calgary where Brent Sutter could also wind up out of a job. Of course the Flames’ problems run a bit deeper than just with the coach. Colorado is another place teeming over with young talent in need of a guy with skills to help younger players develops and Joe Sacco might not fit there much longer. The options are many if Boudreau wants to get back at it soon.

Boudreau is a good coach. He was the fastest coach to reach 200 career wins and he led the Caps to four division titles in his four years there. He’s got a Presidents’ Trophy to his credit and the Caps would not have evolved they way they have without him. Caps owner Ted Leonsis gives him all the credit in the world for where the team is at. There’s a need for a coach like that all over. He’ll be back.

  1. govtminion - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Oh I’d love to see Boudreau’s arrival in Colorado for a job. No one can hear what Bruce says in his introductory press conference over the sounds of Semyon Varlamov hysterically sobbing in a corner.

  2. pastabelly - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Having to use Wideman and Hamrlik in your regular defense rotation would be enough to get any coach fired. Claude Julien had hair before he coached Wideman. Hamrlik is just getting up there in years.

  3. capsrockva - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    CO would be happy to get him

    • whipplesan - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      I second that.

  4. bcisleman - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    What? No mention of the Islanders? In fairness, the Isles seem to have stopped the bleeding a bit, so, unless there is another free fall, Garth will likely wait until the offseason to reassess Cappy’s tenure.

    • govtminion - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      I think it’s safe to say that with the ‘up is down’ mentality the Isles seem to take perverse pleasure in, hiring a proven coach like Boudreau is a step in the ‘wrong direction’ for them. Picking the person in Section 32, Row H, Seat 14 to be coach for the night sounds more like an Islanders decision.

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  6. babykaby - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Best of luck to you Bruce. Thanks for everything you did with the Caps. It was a hell of a ride.

    • govtminion - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Couldn’t agree more- for all the chaos and humor I’m enjoying in all of this, and despite feeling that this truly was the best move for all involved (Boudreau included), it’s sad to see the guy go, and I join you in wishing him nothing but the best wherever he ends up.

      If you all get a second, hit the Washington Post and find the Sports Bog column, they have a Boudreau’s Ten Best Moments In D.C. bit that is worth the five minutes to read.

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