NAHEIM, Calif. -- The first conversation with George McPhee that morning hadn't been a good one. Early on a Monday in November 2011, McPhee told Bruce Boudreau that he was fired as the Capitals' coach. He'd been the fastest NHL coach to win 200 games, but McPhee felt like the Capitals were no longer responding to him. It was time to move on.
So when McPhee called again at around 10:30 a.m., it seemed odd to both Boudreau and his wife, Crystal.