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:

Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau; Dale Hunter named coach

Hunter addresses the media

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

Leonsis thanks Boudreau

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