The Capitals were focused on their pending matchup against rival Pittsburgh on Thursday night at Verizon Center but a few players offered their reactions on former coach Bruce Boudreau landing the head coaching position in Anaheim just days after being relieved of his duties in Washington.
“Good for him,” Brooks Laich said. “He did a lot around here. We knew he’d land on his feet and I think he’s going into a good situation, actually. They have a good team and he’ll be excellent for them.”
Laich declined to discuss Boudreau’s hiring further and asked for reporters to focus on the evening’s contest instead.
Jason Chimera said he wasn’t too surprised to see Boudreau wind up with another NHL team so quickly, “Good people, good coaches, usually find somewhere that needs them. I’m happy for him,” he said.
Alex Ovechkin also offered his support for his former bench boss.
“It’s NHL it’s a business. They were struggling as well, they just make decision,” Ovechkin said. “He’s a great guy of course, a great coach. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem for him and for that team to connect [with] each other.”