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Capitals' Toxic Mix May Sink Hunter

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Does Dale Hunter know what he’s getting into? Do the Washington Capitals? Because as Hunter replaces Bruce Boudreau as the Caps’ coach Monday, it comes down to this:

Hunter is used to coaching kids who follow orders, and now he inherits a combustible mix of NHL egos that hasn’t been coachable - starting with slumping superstar Alex Ovechkin(notes). He has never coached at a level higher than junior, yet the bar couldn’t be higher here. The only way this will be successful is if the Capitals win the Stanley Cup.

Boudreau just reached 200 victories quicker than any...

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