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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Leonsis asks Capitals fans for ‘patience’


(Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
A day after the Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau as head coach and replaced him with former player Dale Hunter, owner Ted Leonsis took to his blog to ask for “patience” and “empathy” as the team adjusts to a new system.

Here’s an excerpt:

We are situated in the 8th spot in the East - and we are 3 points out of first place in the division; with a game in hand - and with 60 games left to play.
I ask for patience.
I ask for empathy.
I ask for some time to allow the coach the opportunity to create and implement a new system and style of play.
We are all responsible for our success or failure.

More on Boudreau firing/Hunter hiring:

Timeline: Bruce Boudreau’s tenure as Capitals coach

Box Seats: Hunter is the storybook choice, but is he the right one?

Thomas Boswell: Dale Hunter will mold the Capitals in his own image

Box Seats: Why Boudreau had to go

Video: Hunter: “I’m a player’s coach”

Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau; Dale Hunter named coach

Hunter addresses the media

What should Hunter do first?

Photos: Dale Hunter named new head coach

D.C. Sports Bog: Old school Dale Hunter giveaway signs

Video: McPhee on Boudreau, ‘The tank was empty’

Poll: Was it the right move?

D.C. SportsBog: Top 10 Boudreau moments

Leonsis thanks Boudreau

Box Seats: Caps say “Goodnight Bruce”

Photos: Boudreau fired

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