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Boudreau Just the Latest Bruce to Not Get Along With Euros and Get Canned by the Capitals

Looks like Bruce Boudreau's last stand as coach of the Washington Capitals came when he sat an uninjured Alexander Semin out of a game with Phoenix last week. The move woke up nobody, and Boudreau's gone.

A lot of folks pointed out at the time that the last time Semin was a healthy scratch came in the 2003-2004 season.

The Semin benching ain't the only similarity between this year and that.

That 2003-2004 season saw another Caps coach named Bruce—this one Cassidyget canned because he couldn't get the international superstar team captain (this one Jaromir Jagr) or the rest of the lineup to play up to billing.

Caps management was peeved at both Bruces entering their last season for failing to get past Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup playoffs a year before, also.

"You can't fire the players," was the mantra then and now.

One more similarity: George McPhee was the general manager who fired both Bruces.

Which brings up a couple questions: How can some NHL GM's basically get tenure, while coaches are deemed disposable? And, how long before McPhee's the scapegoat here?

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  • noodlez

    GOOD QUESTION! HE IS THE ONE CONSTANT. BRINGING IN THESE FAKE ASS RUSSIANS WHO ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS SCORE GOALS.PLAY SOME FUCKING HOCKEY!!!!

    CAN WE LOAD UP ON CANDIANS AND AMERICANS PLEASE?
    SEMIN SHOULD BE TRADED ASAP! HIS HOUDINI ACT IS PLAYED OUT. AND OVIE BETTA GET IT TOGETHER SOON!

  • anon

    Let's not stereotype -- the Caps just need to acquire (and keep) the RIGHT Russians. Gonchar was a big loss, and I'd take him over many Canadians or Americans on skills, smarts, and toughness. Semin is soft . . . Petr Nedvid soft

  • Fingerman

    Look, I thought it was time for Boudreau to go--but he had some really good years here and turned the team around. The only thing he has in common with Bruce Cassidy is his first name--Cassidy was a terrible coach and a terrible choice by McPhee that he was never criticized for enough. If you want proof of how bad Cassidy was, he never got another coaching job in the NHL again.

  • Typical DC BS

    Bruce should have absolutely whipped up on Ovechkin and called him out. His play this year is atrocious and his sulking, pussy act is wearing thin.

    I hope someone calls out the entire team (i.e. local sportswriters in the interview room) and asks them how they feel about getting Boudreau fired by their crappy play this year.

  • http://dc.wears.me Danny

    Track record in the playoffs speaks for itself. We can't become the Utah Jazz of the NHL. Anyway, I still really like Coach B, and I picked up one of these tees to wear at the next game I go to:

    http://dc.wears.me/product/bruce

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