Along with Brooks Laich and Matt Hendricks, Mike Green was considered one of Bruce Boudreau’s guys with the Capitals. He coached the defenseman with the Hershey Bears and then again in Washington, turning him into an All-Star and Norris Trophy nominee.
But Green on Wednesday, in his first comments to reporters since Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter, the 26-year-old said he hadn’t talked to his former coach.
“It’s a new chapter now, but obviously he was a great coach,” Green said. “Unfortunately we weren’t responding here in the last couple months. I think it was a necessary thing, but we’re definitely happy to have Dale here – he seems like an honest guy, a strict guy, and that seems to be what we need maybe for guys to respond properly.”
Green said he wasn’t worried about his role changing or his performance dipping with Boudreau gone.
“No. Not at all,” he said. “I play the game the way I play within the system. It doesn’t change at all.”
In 104 games under Glen Hanlon, Green had six goals, nine assists and a minus-21 rating. In 270 games under Boudreau, he had 76 goals, 153 assists and a plus-79 rating.