(Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

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