Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he was “shocked” by Bruce Boudreau’s firing this morning, adding that his former coach is a “great coach, great guy” and denying that there was a rift between the two.
“I have good relationship with him,” Ovechkin said. “We have good relationship right away when they bring him in.”
As for newly named Coach Dale Hunter, Ovechkin said he knows the former Capital “is a legend here.” The winger said he spoke with Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Dennis Wideman, who both played for Hunter on the OHL’s London Knights.
“They said only good things about him,” Ovechkin said, that Hunter is a “straight-up coach, if he wants to say something to you he’s gonna say it, and I think that’s good.”
We’ll have more from Ovechkin a bit later.
More on Boudreau firing/Hunter hiring:
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
Box Seats: Why Bruce had to go