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Should Boudreau Stay?

CBC’s Chris Iorfida and Jesse Campigotto debate Boudreau’s future.

Lorida says “Yes”:

… take a look at Washington’s goals-against and penalty-killing rankings in comparison to 2008 to the end of the 2010 season, and you’ll see significant improvements toward a complete game.

Health is so critical to a Stanley Cup run; one is hard-pressed to name a recent team that won a championship with significant injury woes. Most teams have 12 to 15 players who suit up in all playoff games.

Washington looked like a Cup contender in February and March, but were hit with a number of injuries that took their toll.

Campigotto says “No”

I like Boudreau a lot (partly because he might be the most entertaining HBO character since Pauly Walnuts, or at least Leon Black), and I don’t like the NHL’s general trigger-happiness when it comes to firing coaches. But it feels like maybe Boudreau has taken this team as far as he can.

The guy has tried everything.

Much more here.  Any guesses on Boudreau’s future? It seems Ted Leonsis is acknowledging “change” might be in the future, while GM George McPhee says he expects Boudreau to stay on.

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Health is so critical to a Stanley Cup run; one is hard-pressed to name a recent team that won a championship with significant injury woes. Most teams have 12 to 15 players who suit up in all playoff games.

Washington looked like a Cup contender in February and March, but were hit with a number of injuries that took their toll.


Injuries? What injuries?

Green was hurt, but he’s been awful in tournament play dating back to juniors. It’s not like his bad penalties and failures to backcheck were missed, exactly, and Washington won all the regular season games he missed, anyway. Who else, though? The Rangers, Penguins, Canadians, Kings, Ducks, Blackhawks and Sabres were all missing more important post-season performers than Mike Green and none of them got swept.

Even the team Washington got swept by was more banged up. Anyone want to clue me in on who from DC that’s more important in the post-season than Gagne and Kubina wasn’t in the lineup? And Ryan Malone’s a being held together by masking tape, but he’s still scoring.

Posted by steviesteve on 05/05/11 at 04:29 PM ET

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I’m enjoying these polls.

Posted by NathanBC on 05/05/11 at 05:33 PM ET

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Any guesses on Boudreau’s future?

I had the TSN feed last night, there was a long close-up of him in the 3rd period.
He appeared to be trying to decide between a Dairy Queen or an A & W franchise.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 05/05/11 at 08:12 PM ET

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