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‘Who’s next there,’ says Bruce Boudreau after Capitals fire Oates, let McPhee go

Apr 26, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT

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On a day when there four Stanley Cup playoff games dominating the Saturday schedule, there was big news from the Washington Capitals, and naturally it grabbed the attention of those in the hockey world.

The Capitals fired head coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee.

Bruce Boudreau, the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, spoke on the matter Saturday. He, of course, worked as the bench boss of the Capitals beginning on 2007, with his tenure ending in 2011. In three of those five seasons, the Capitals had 100 points or more in the Eastern Conference standings.

“It’s not a surprise because everybody’s been talking about it,” Boudreau said Saturday, as per the L.A. Times. “I think George is a great GM and he’ll jump right back into it. Just sometimes, people need different spots.

“But he’s I think a truly, really, really good GM so I know he’s going to bounce back. I don’t know Adam at all. But I thought one went with the other. . . . It’s interesting to me now, is who’s next there.”

Already, names have been thrown out there as possible candidates to replace McPhee, who had been in the Capitals organization since 1997.

While speculation of possible replacements is now beginning to fly around, so, too is the blame for what happened in Washington after missing the playoffs this season. Needless to say, Alex Ovechkin, Washington’s star and captain, and the only 50-goal scorer in the NHL this season, is taking a great deal of criticism (see the video below…).


  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    So is he saying like, who’s next to be coach/gm? Or is it who the hell are they going to blame and fire next seeing as how their coaching situation has been a rotating door.

  2. rje49 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Well, yeah, when your 50-goal scorer is a team worst minus-35, there will be criticism.

  3. joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    He’s saying who’s next to get the axe. i.e. next coach won’t make much of difference unless they address the root cause of the problem.

  4. watermelon1 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    When your 59 goal scorer plays on the same line as mike green and John Carlson…. Yeah, there will be a very bad +/- stat. Oh, and the revolving goalie situation between the pipes too…

  5. caniac4ever - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    They should just name Ovechkin GM/head coach/forward. Boom, all problems solved.

  6. joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    And look closely at the picture in the article. Is that PHT not so subtlely reminding us who’s left and and who hasn’t?

  7. cfos00 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Sorry, he hasn’t been a good GM. There isn’t a lot of talent on the Caps, and they’ve been doing basically nothing to get better. Trading for a new goalie is putting new rims on a car that’s on fire. They have no defense, and haven’t addressed it for years. They have almost no offensive depth. They don’t have many tradable assets to get better quickly. They, as an organization, don’t seem to view Ovie realistically as a great scorer who needs other players around him to be better, and not the centerpiece (not an insult, think Brett Hull). All of that was on GM. Oates had to go bc the new GM is going to want his own coach. It’s a step in the right direction.

  8. mikebel11 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    That article needs a good proof read

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