Keeping track of hockey news can be difficult in many parts of the country, as hockey doesn’t necessarily tend to get the national coverage of more universally popular sports like baseball, basketball and football. This is why a number of fans in areas that don’t see a lot of hockey coverage turn to specific DirecTV packages. For example, if you are in the Ohio area, head to http://www.tvbydirect.com/directv-deal/OHIO-OH-direct-tv.html for information on such packages. Once you have access to more sporting news, it can be easier to keep track of your own preferences, rather than just what companies like ESPN and Sports Illustrated deem news-worthy. Heading into December, actually, hockey has been full of highlight news, including a couple of significant coach firings that are sure to impact the league moving forward.
The most significant change so far this season was just made by Washington Capitals GM George McPhee, who made a somewhat surprising decision to fire coach Bruce Boudreau. The Capitals have been one of the best teams in the league for several seasons now, largely thanks to superstar Alex Ovechkin. However, as any hockey fan will recall, the Capitals have had a bit of trouble sustaining their regular season success in the playoffs. Due to this inability to finish strongly, as well as strong indications that Ovechkin has been and would have remained unhappy with Boudreau, McPhee seems to have decided that it’s best to make a change now. Stepping up to replace Boudreau will be the inexperienced Dale Hunter, who has never coached an NHL team, but has a tough reputation and has won at lower levels. Now, all eyes will be on Hunter and Ovechkin, as they work together to reverse a surprisingly unsuccessful early stretch of hockey and look toward eventual playoff success.
The other significant coaching change that has just taken place heading into December is with a less successful team in the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes get something of a bad reputation, largely just for being a hockey team located in the south. However, for most of the team’s short history in Carolina, it has been either a contender or a team on the edge of the playoffs. This season, however, the Hurricanes are off to a horrible start, despite having a roster that looks very similar to the one that missed the playoffs by a single game last year. This has led management to send coach Paul Maurice packing, ended his second coaching period with Carolina. Kirk Muller will take the reins and attempt to bring Carolina back to playing a respectable level of hockey.