Sunday evening, Nick Kypreos, former Washington Capitals winger and current hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet’s “Hockey Central”, speculated on the possibility of Caps coach Bruce Boudreau possibly being dismissed “in the next 24-48 hours.” Kypreos was careful to say that information was speculation, but then went on to explain that another former Caps player (and three-year Kypreos teammate) Dale Hunter, owner, president and coach of the OHL London Knights, could be a possible replacement.
According to this report by The Washington Times Steve Whyno, a Caps’ spokesman dismissed the information as “Not true. Just speculation.”
Whyno’s report also has a full transcription of the exchange between two other hosts on “Hockey Central” and Kypreos. The comments, taken in isolation, sound pretty serious and credible, especially coming from Kypreos who most certainly still has ties with Hunter and within the Caps organization. But reading the full transcript (and you should read the transcript), were it not Kypreos dispensing the information you’d probably find yourself taking it with more that a grain of salt.
Regardless, this is sure to be a big week in this franchise’s history either way. The Caps have three consecutive home games with St. Louis on Tuesday, Pittsburgh on Thursday and Ottawa on Saturday. With the team still reeling from back-to-back losses where they looked largely uninterested and missing assignments left and right, this homestand is a chance to get healthy. On the other hand though, it could prompt personnel or coaching moves if the team continues its lackluster production.
Usually, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This situation has been burning for a while now and we all have to see how it plays out. Right now, it’s up to the players. If they want to maintain the status quo and continue under Boudreau’s direction, they need to play this week like his job depends on it, because that might very well be the case.