Washington Capitals: Why Dale Hunter Made the Right Choice by Stepping Down

May 15th, 2012 by Ian Barry Leave a reply »
Dale Hunter stepped down from being the Washington Capitals' coach after losing to the New York Ranger in seven games. Hunter got the Capitals to the second round of the playoffs in a season where team struggled to even make the postseason. 

By stepping down as head coach, Hunter did the right thing for the Washington Capitals. 

For several seasons, it has been obvious the Capitals are an offensively-focused team. The Capitals have Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom—the team’s biggest offensive threats under contract for a long time. 

Dale Hunter is a defensive coach and it was clear that he wants to coach a defensive style, and that style was not a fit for the team he had.

In professional sports, having star athletes that draw fans into the arena is just as important as winning games. The Capitals have stars, but those stars are not the type of players Dale Hunter would like to have.

Nothing against Hunter or Washington, but they were both looking for different things. 

Hunter told the press his decision was largely because of family reasons, and he wanted to be in Canada with his fa ...

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