In a somewhat bizarre move, the Washington Capitals hired former Caps center Dale Hunter.
Boudreau worked his way up through the coaching ranks from the CoHL to the IHL to the ECHL to the AHL all the way up to the NHL. He had won championships in the ECHL and AHL and became the fastest NHL coach to reach 200 wins in the history of the league.
Hunter on the other hand, spent his entire coaching career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he helped coach & develop junior hockey prospects between the ages of 15 and 20. He coached there for 11 seasons, compiled a lot of wins, won a championship, and coached lots of future NHL players but never accepted any opportunity to coach in a higher level league...until the Capitals came to him in 2011 to replace Boudreau.
Dale Hunter came in and told everyone he was a farmer and that he only owned one suit. So why would a simple man who seemed to love mentoring young players and farming up in Canada want to coach an NHL team?
Perhaps because George McPhee has been trying to get him to do it for the past several years? According to a Washington Post:
"McPhee added that he’s been in constant contact with Hunter for 12 years and that he always hoped that the timing would eventually work out so that the former Washington captain would return as coach of his former team." -Katie Carrera
If Dale Hunter didn't want to really be here, and he had to be convinced to give it a shot, then what was the plan by Capitals management? Did they hope he would love coaching NHL superstars with egos instead of young mold-able minds? Did they just want him to "temp" for a season so the team could stay under control before a dismantling next season?
We don't yet know the reason that Hunter isn't coming back, but if it was because he liked his old life better, than what was McPhee thinking? Or was Hunter just an interim coach the whole time?