Well, phooey. Sure didn't want to see this happen.
It probably was inevitable given the Capitals' recent struggles, and the one acknowledged truism of pro sports: It's easier to fire the coach than the player. Fact is, Bruce Boudreau is less at fault for Washington's current fade than Alex Ovechkin is; the team's struggles almost precisely mirror those of Ovechkin, whose fall-off has been dramatic and much noted by NHL insiders.
Anyway ... Gabby's on the street. The only solace: He's in the club now. Which means, as an acknowledged NHL coach -- and as a man who reached 200 career victories faster than any coach in NHL history -- he'll assuredly land another gig before long.
NHL teams are perpetually looking for coaches, and the same guys tend to get passed around like hats in this league. So he'll turn up behind someone's bench, and sooner rather than later.