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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Ted Leonsis on Bruce Boudreau: ‘It’s never easy to let a coach go’


(Toni L. Sandys - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Ted Leonsis chimed in on the firing of Bruce Boudreau and hiring of Dale Hunter as Washington’s new head coach on his blog this morning.

Leonsis thanked Boudreau for “four great years.” Here is an excerpt of Leonsis’s comments:

It’s never easy to let a coach go, and Bruce was a popular personality who helped turn around our franchise. Despite what transpired on the ice this year, I always will be thankful for Bruce’s time with the Capitals and will remember him fondly. He is a great coach who I’m confident will land another spot in the NHL. Unfortunately the shelf life of a coach is short; Bruce was the fifth longest tenured coach in the league. That’s amazing to me.....
I am very grateful. Bruce was instrumental in the team’s success over the last four seasons. He won four division championships, a Presidents’ Trophy, an Eastern Conference banner, two playoff series and coached us to our best records in team history during the regular season. He also won a coach of the year award and holds the record for winning 200 games faster than any coach in NHL history. He is a good man. Thank you for four great years. I appreciate all you did for us as a franchise. I am grateful to you and your entire family.

Check out the full post here.

More on Boudreau firing/Hunter hiring:

Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau; Dale Hunter named coach

Hunter addresses the media

McPhee’s news conference

What should Hunter do first?

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

Poll: Was it the right move?

Tracee Hamilton: Boudreau had to go

D.C. SportsBog: Top 10 Boudreau moments

Box Seats: Caps say “Goodnight Bruce”

Q&A: Boswell on firing

Photos: Boudreau fired

Bog: The biggest goal in Caps history

Box Seats: Why Bruce had to go

Ovechkin on Boudreau

Ex-teammates praise Hunter

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