The Washington Times - November 30, 2011, 02:56PM

Defensive miscues have plagued the Capitals over recent weeks as losing has become a pattern. With Dale Hunter taking over for Bruce Boudreau, changes were going to happen.

Put that together, and it cost assistant coach Bob Woods his job late Tuesday night. Woods admitted being “a little shocked” by his firing following the Caps’ 2-1 loss to the Blues, but he understands


“It took me by surprise,” Woods said. “I think with everybody it was already a little bit of an emotional roller coaster for the guys – Bruce leaving and Dale coming in – you’ve got some changes to the system and everything. It was going to be a little bit of an adjustment period for guys to play the way that Dale wanted.”

Hunter talked about the improvement the defense showed Tuesday night, but the decision had already been made to hire Jim Johnson earlier in the day.

Now Woods is left to figure things out and where his next move will lead him.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Woods said. “It’s just kind of letting everything settle here, talk with the family, see if there’s any options out there. When something comes up, you can kind of make a decision with what you want to do.”

Woods said he appreciated his time in Washington and his opportunity to get some NHL experience as an assistant.