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Southeast Division Shakeup: Bruce Boudreau, Paul Maurice Fired ... Dale Hunter to Coach Caps, Kirk Muller in with Canes

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Anyway, the big news in the division is the firing of Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice on Monday.

I hear there is a press conference at RBC Center tonight to introduce former Canadiens assistant Kirk Muller as the new coach of the Canes.

Muller was a hot commodity for NHL vacancies last summer but didn't land one and took over at AHL Milwaukee. Didn't last long there, eh?

Neither of these moves were surprising as both teams struggle.

Boudreau, who was hired on Thanksgiving 2007, won 200 games faster than any coach in modern NHL history. But the Caps are struggling this season -- especially one Alex Ovechkin.

The Caps hired Dale Hunter as their new coach. 

"Bruce came in here and emptied the tank,'' GM George McPhee said according to AP.

"He gave it everything he could and did a really good job, but the tank was empty. When that happens, you get a new coach, where the tank is full and see if it makes a difference."

From AP: Hunter played for the Capitals from 1987-99, the last five seasons as captain, and is one of four players to have his jersey number retired by the franchise.