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I can’t decide what’s more shocking about Boudreau. Was it surviving the way-too-soon offseason and returning for another go? Or was it being fired just 22 games into the season after going 7-0 to start?

Plenty of observers opined that Boudreau never should have been retained after last season’s four-game flameout against Tampa Bay in the second round. I favored bringing him back but figured this would be his last season unless there was significant improvement in the playoffs.

Now he’s gone. And Washington would have missed the playoffs if they started Thursday.

At least Boudreau didn’t have to wait long for the carousel to swing his way. Unemployment is still sinking in for other coaches fired this week.