#2 Bruce Boudreau
Bruce Boudreau helped coach the Caps to the playoffs in the early part of the Alex Ovechkin era and was the bench boss in the Young Guns Era. Replacing a fired Glen Hanlon, Boudreau turned the Caps around from 6-14-1 to 37-17-7. That 81 point finish helped the Caps win the Southeast Division and would be the first of four consecutive division titles.
The next year Boudreau went 50-24-8 with 108 points. The Caps were even better in the 2009-10 season as Boudreau won a career high 54 games going 54-15-13 guiding the Caps to not only their third straight division title but their first Presidents’ Trophy as the best record and the most points in the entire NHL.
The next season Boudreau went 48-23-11 for 107 points for a first place finish in the Southeast Division and first seed in the Eastern Conference (thankfully no Presidents’ Trophy). The next year Boudreau was 12-9-1 for 25 points before he was fired in late November. He was replaced by Dale Hunter.
Bruce Boudreau was a great coach and had an even bigger personality. He was fun with the media and had a silly quote here and there to make his pressers entertaining.
We’ve now taken a look at four of the best coaches of all time. It’s time for #1.