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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

The Wild are in the 2nd wild card slot today, two points in front of Vancouver and the Wild have a game in hand.

 

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All Bruce Boudreau

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Here are the coach's thoughts on the new goalie equipment rules, how to reach today's young players, his relationship with new Wild GM Paul Fenton and more.

ESPN: Everyone is talking about the new restrictions on goalie pads and goalies complaining about them. As a coach, what's your perspective?

Boudreau: You know what, it hasn't happened on our team. I haven't really heard ... I've heard about it, rumblings about it. Our two goalies have not made any hint about getting hurt more or anything else. [Devan] Dubnyk has been absolutely fantastic, so whatever he's wearing, I don't want him to take it off. I think sometimes they might be getting a little bit more hurt, but I don't think the league would put them in something that would potentially hurt them. Sometimes I think they're just trying to get back the older, bigger equipment.

ESPN: What do you do when you're not coaching or thinking about hockey? Are you watching anything? Reading?

Boudreau: I will watch WWF matches from the '80s and '90s. I have YouTube. During the winter, I can't wait to just watch hockey at night. I watch every game, every night. I know it's stupid, and I think my wife doesn't like it too much sometimes, but it is what it is right now.

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Bruce Boudreau’s Reflects On 9/11

from Dan Myers of Wild.com,

In the 6,210 days since that fateful morning, not one has passed where Bruce Boudreau hasn't thought about what might have been.

It was early September in 2001 when Boudreau, then the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire, hopped in a car and drove with one of his best friends, Ace Bailey, to Lake Placid, New York.

The two were among a host of Kings personnel headed upstate to celebrate the wedding of the daughter of Bill Flaherty, at the time, the Kings' Director of Personnel.

While at the wedding, Andy Murray -- then the Kings head coach -- told Boudreau and his staff to change their flights scheduled for the following Tuesday. Instead, Murray wanted them in Los Angeles on Monday for a coaches dinner.

"I was the American League coach at the time," Boudreau said. "So I was going to do whatever Andy Murray wanted me to." 

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Afternoon Line- Bruce Boudreau

via Michael Russo tweet,

Boudreau’s not paying for a Super Bowl ticket: “I wouldn’t drop 8 grand to see the Pope.”

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Not A Happy Coach After The Wild Lose 5-3 To The Bruins

from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

Following another spotty performance—and another loss—Wild forward Eric Staal couldn’t find any fresh words. “It’s not good enough,’’ he offered. “Not much else to say.’’

Amen, brother. The Wild repeated itself again Monday in a 5-3 loss at Boston, playing some small portions of solid hockey in the midst of many ugly ones. Staal said he “didn’t like the way we responded’’ after Boston scored twice in the first period to overcome an early 1-0 Wild lead. The second period was particularly horrid.

The Wild was outshot 15-4 in that period as Boston scored twice more. Both goals came off of Wild mistakes, sometimes in multiples. As coach Bruce Boudreau said, the Wild often looked “like we don’t know how to play,’’ an alarming idea at the start of a four-game, six-day road trip.

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

“A lot of it, I’ve always believed, is self-preparation. I know we haven’t played a lot of games and all that stuff, but you can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn’t be doing that.

“It’s a mindset. We can’t be thinking scoring every time we’re out there. We have to think ‘defend,’ especially when you have a lead. It’s been addressed [Friday], it’s been addressed [Saturday] about leads in the third period. It’s been addressed every day this week. And they didn’t …’’

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild on their slow start to the season.  Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune has more.

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Video- Bruce Boudreau After Another Loss Today

The Minnesota Wild with another loss today.  They were down 4-0 and scored two late goals to make the score closer than it really was.  The Wild are now 2-8-0 in their last 10 games.

Bruce Boudreau after the game...

 

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Post Game Today

The Wild went down 4-0 to the Jets today, then the Minnesota scored 4 in the second period to tie the score.

Winnipeg scored the only goal in the 3rd period to win 5-4.

Boudreau after the Wild lost their 5th game in a row.

 

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It’s Working For Bruce Boudreau In Minnesota

from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,

Four seasons of middling regular-season finishes and early playoff exits led Minnesota to hire Boudreau, 62, an offensive savant and one of the N.H.L.’s ultimate fixers, last May. His impact was immediate. Though historically light on natural goal-scorers, the Western Conference-leading Wild entered Wednesday tied for second in the N.H.L. with 198 goals and remain on track for their most successful season since entering the N.H.L. in the 2000-1 expansion. They began their five-day bye with more wins (39) than they had all last season (38).

Yet Boudreau, who won more than 400 games and eight division titles in nine seasons as the coach of Washington and Anaheim, stammered when asked if Hitchcock was right about experience. That’s unusual for the garrulous Boudreau, whose nickname, Gabby, is part of the title of his autobiography.

“I don’t know if I’m smart enough to know all those things,” Boudreau said recently while standing in a hallway at the Xcel Energy Center, dressed in faded jeans and a green Wild golf shirt.

He added: “I know what works for me. There’s not a formula. It’s just the way you think, and what you think would fix it. That’s just feel for the game, but experience is what makes you think that.”

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Bruce Boudreau Gets A Win In Return To Anaheim

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Bruce Boudreau’s team won a hockey game, 2-1, Sunday at Honda Center.

It just came eight months too late.

Had Boudreau guided the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over Nashville in Game 7 here on April 27, who knows when that postseason might have ended or where the coach would be today?

Instead, the Ducks lost to the Predators, 2-1, Boudreau was fired two days later, hired shortly thereafter by Minnesota and returned Sunday to experience that 2-1 victory that eluded him spectacularly so the last time he was here.

When reviewed in summation, this game represented a circle as perfect as the one at center ice.

“Your players know that you want to win,” Boudreau explained afterward. “So it was nice to see that they played as well as they did.”

Oh, yeah, he wanted to win this one, probably almost as much as he wanted to win the one April 27.

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Goes Home

via Sportsnet,

Minnesota Wild Head Coach--and Toronto native--Bruce Boudreau leads Elliotte Friedman on a nostalgic tour of his West Toronto haunts.

 

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Video- Late Night Evening Line From Bruce Boudreau On Devan Dubnyk

"If he was in Toronto, there would be no Carey Price, I'm just saying media-wise...."

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild, after the Wild defeated the Leafs 3-2.

 

 

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A Bad ‘Move’ For Bruce Boudreau

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

"August 7, no furniture. No furniture on August 8, no furniture on August 9," Bruce Boudreau said. "We can't get hold of anybody from the moving company. On August 10, we finally do, and they say, 'We've had some truck trouble, we will be there August 13.' "

Crystal slept on the floor of their empty new home while, said Bruce, "I'm having the time of my life in Mississippi, telling Crystal with every call, 'I'm sorry, honey.' "

Crime scene

Aug. 13 came, and two trucks pulled up. What happened to the other truck? Boudreau said they were told, "It got into an accident, rolled over, hit a tree and everything's destroyed."

After some digging, the Boudreaus ascertained the accident occurred in Stokes County, N.C., on July 25; and they found out for the first time Aug. 13.

"Crystal's losing it because one-third of two houses is gone," Boudreau said. "We're basically getting half-broken furniture. We lost five big-screen TVs, a bubble hockey game, popcorn makers, tables. My wife used to run a business, they called her the Chocolate Lady. The chocolate fountain was destroyed. So much stuff, pictures, lots of pictures, all the frames destroyed.

"And, we swear, they stored the stuff outside because there's mold from rain on the boxes."

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Ovechkin at fault for Capitals’ playoff faltering

From the New York Post's Larry Brooks...

Yes, yes, it’s true. Despite having played on two Presidents’ Trophy winners and six division champions, Alex Ovechkin never has advanced to even the conference championship round during his 11 years as a Capital, but this dubious achievement now comes with a hashtag.

As in: #StupidUnfairPlayoffFormat.

Of course, no format can quite explain away how Washington — with Ovechkin, but three different head coaches (Bruce Boudreau, Adam Oates, Barry Trotz) — has lost five series with home-ice advantage and another while holding a 3-1 series lead since 2009.

Ovechkin may have outplayed Sidney Crosby this time, but the fact is even if the Great 8 was not the overriding problem, he was not the solution. Again.

He is a great athlete and a compelling one, but is it not fair to wonder when the best player in the league is going to be the best player in the playoffs, even once?

To those singing the “It wasn’t Ovechkin’s fault” chorus: Some of it kind of was.

Brooks continues, discussing the Sharks' rebuild-on-the-fly, Brian Boyle, the Rangers' coaching plans and the Florida Panthers' coaching and front office moves.

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The Stanley Cup Is The Goal For Bruce Boudreau In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Bruce Boudreau's career returned to the exact spot it started.

The new Wild coach arrived at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday for his introductory news conference and sat at center ice in the building that replaced the old St. Paul Civic Center, where he made his professional debut for the Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1975.

One week after first interviewing for the job, Boudreau signed a four-year, $10.5 million contract (plus playoff bonuses). He got a first glimpse at his new office, toured his new locker room and met his new trainers and staffers. Wild players Erik Haula, Mike Reilly and Justin Fontaine attended the news conference and already, Boudreau joked, began campaigning for ice time. And Boudreau reunited and posed for pictures with former teammates Henry Boucha, Pat Westrum and Ted Hampson while holding a royal blue, white and gold Fighting Saints jersey.

"I told my wife [Crystal], 'This is the last place I'm going,'" said the 61-year-old Boudreau, who coached the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks to eight division titles in nine years and is the fastest coach in NHL history to eclipse 400 wins. "I told my wife I'm going to stay here for as long as they want me, and I hope it's a long time.

"Hopefully I can help in some form bring a Stanley Cup to this state and to this city, or these two cities."

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Audio/Video- Bruce Boudreau On Coaching The Minnesota Wild

via Sportsnet,

Bruce Boudreau explains to the HC at Noon crew why he chose the Minnesota Wild head coaching gig over the Ottawa Senators, and why family ties made that such a tough decision.

 

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Bruce Boudreau Plans To Turn The Minnesota Wild Into “A Really Good Team”

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Boudreau felt comfortable with Minnesota. He loves the fact it’s a hockey hotbed and knows the area a little bit from when he started his professional playing career with the old World Hockey Association’s Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1975.

“I just thought it would be a place that we could win. I know the team is good already,” Boudreau said.

Most of Boudreau’s talks with Fletcher revolved around the two getting to know each other. They talked mostly philosophy, playing style and if their visions align.

Boudreau asked very little about the team.

“My biggest question was, ‘Is Zach going to be OK?’ ” Boudreau said, referring to Zach Parise’s season-ending back injury that’s currently being rehabbed without surgery. “When that came back affirmative, I was thrilled because I’ve admired him for 10 years now as a player.

“But I know they’ve got good individuals there. Their top, top players are really good, and now it’s a matter of being a really good team.”

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It Appears Bruce Boudreau Will Be The Next Coach For The Minnesota Wild

 

 

 

added 8:51pm, via the Minnesota Wild,

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Bruce Boudreau Had A Feeling His Job Was On The Line

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Given that his team was expected to seriously challenge for the Stanley Cup and was knocked out in the first round, the veteran bench boss was not surprised that General Manager Bob Murray cut him loose.

“I always had the sense that something was going to happen unless we actually won the Cup,” Boudreau said Monday in a phone conversation with the Register. “The worrywart in me is always worried about that. I didn’t know where it would go. I had let some people know that it was great working with them before it happened. And I thought it was going to happen.

“Quite frankly, I’m glad Bob did it when he did it and not waited too long. I thought that was pretty classy. It wasn’t not expected. We expected a lot from us on our team and I expected a lot from me. And we didn’t get to where we wanted to be.”

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Bruce Boudreau Done In Anaheim

 

added 12:29pm, Press release is below...

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Today

Not in the best mood today but pretty honest.

 

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Evening Line- Bruce Boudreau

“From me, coaching the way I try to be an aggressive coach, and be an offensive-minded guy, it’s been pretty frustrating. I know there’s no stat for it, but I bet you we’ve hit more posts than anyone in the league. It’s just one of those things. Everybody – right from the start, no one could put the puck in the net, so they all hold the sticks a little tighter. And consequently, it’s hard to get going. But the last few games, I think we’ve played a lot better.”

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on the Ducks from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

After a 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning,

(on the bad loss at the end of the trip …)

“I can’t use any excuses. We can’t let everybody off the hook. We played horrible. I thought our first period was good. And then we came out and as soon as they scored the first goal, we were OK. But once they got the second goal, it was like ‘Ah, we’re not going to come back.’ There was no fight left in us. That’s the bothersome part for the coaches.”

(on what he said during the timeout …)

“It was a time out that said listen, if you guys are going to sit and sulk and feel sorry for yourselves, they’re going to get nine before this game’s out. It’ll be way more embarrassing. You’ve got to play. You can’t feel sorry for yourself because nobody feels sorry for you in this league."

(on not pulling Andersen after the fifth goal …)

“It was tough. He’s got to battle himself. I thought it would have been worse for him psyche-wise if we had pulled him. It was halfway through the third period when they got the fifth goal. Sometimes you can’t just be pulling goalies when they start scoring goals.”

more from the Ducks by Eric Stephens of the OC Register...

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

“We have to come to the rink every night ready to play. Because we need to be a desperate hockey club right now. We show it at times abut we haven’t put it together for 60 minutes. It’s just frustrating really as a group. It’s unacceptable. We expect better and we need to sort this thing out quickly or we’re going to keep digging ourselves into a bigger and bigger hole.”

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after a 4-1 home loss to the New York Islanders.  Eric Stephens of the OC Register has more on the Ducks.

Below, watch Boudreau post-game...

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Dreger: Ducks in a precarious spot, Boudreau included

From TSN's Darren Dreger...

The Anaheim Ducks will have to win 52 of their remaining 72 regular-season games to come close to the 109 points and central division title won last season. With every loss, Anaheim, a team favoured by many to win the Stanley Cup, is inching closer to being a non-playoff team.

Unbelievable.

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Bruce Boudreau will require treatment in a local burn unit based on his media placement on a hot seat that has reached lava-like temperature. The question now is will Boudreau be behind the bench for the Ducks next home game on Sunday?

General manager Bob Murray may have more slack left in the rope, or may opt to make a trade to shake things up. However, a trade can't guarantee success and it makes little sense to trade Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm, young defencemen teams are interested in, unless Anaheim is getting quality young assets back. It’s too early for a transaction like that to materialize.

Bad luck, mistakes, an offence that has dried up with just 10 goals in 10 games and, subsequently, an eroding confidence are among the factors contributing to the Ducks’ demise.

If Boudreau makes it through the weekend he will have to steer Anaheim to a lengthy winning streak to get back in the hunt and away from the crosshairs that target him as the NHL's next coaching casualty.

Continued with discussion of Travis Green's readiness to coach at the NHL level, William Nylander's development with the Toronto Marlies and a note about the gentleman who swiped a puck from a young Pittsburgh Penguins fan last night.

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Post-Game After The Ducks Lost To The Stars

via Chris Nichols tweets,

Dreger reiterated how supportive Bob Murray has been of Bruce Boudreau. After last night's loss and Boudreau's post-game comments...

Dreger: "I believe now there's more likely a chance of a coaching change than I did say 24 or 18 hours ago."

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Allen offers ‘overreactions’ to early-season trends

Among the items that USA Today's Kevin Allen believes are overreactions levied far too early in the 2015-16 NHL season:

Coach Bruce Boudreau is on the hot seat in Anaheim C’mon folks. This is a parity league, and even quality teams struggle on occasion. You wouldn’t even pay attention to their 0-2-1 stretch if this was the middle of January. The Ducks are in a scoring slump, probably caused by players trying to find chemistry with new teammates. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry don’t have a point. Do you think the NHL has magically discovered how to stop that duo after a decade of domination? The Ducks are a contender. They have the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Boudreau will be judged by what happens next spring, not what happens in the first three games of the season.

The 1-3 Penguins are already in a world of hurt Let’s take a step back here and remember that the three teams that have defeated the Penguins are a combined 11-1, including the white-hot Canadiens. We know that Crosby is eventually going to score plenty, and the Pittsburgh power play will likely end up as one of the league’s best. The Penguins have given up an average of two goals per game in the four games. They would be thrilled with that goals-against average  for an entire season. This is another team that is trying to figure out how to best use new personnel. It’s too early to assess where the Penguins are going this season.

Connor McDavid has been slow to adjust Now you understand why general manager Peter Chiarelli tried to tamp down the hype over this future superstar. Although McDavid has an overflowing amount of skill, he’s still an 18-year-old trying to find his way against the world’s best players. The lack of points (one goal) is not a shock to the Oilers. They understood that even budding superstars need time to sort out what works and what doesn’t. His point total will grow significantly as he gains experience. Don’t forget that he is not playing with a Stanley Cup contender. He is surrounded by players still exploring their own games. If you have watched McDavid in his first four games, you can see his potential dominance bubbling just below the surface. He always seems like he’s a half-second from a breakaway.

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Afternoon Line- Elliotte Friedman On Bruce Boudreau

“I’m not 100 percent convinced he’s not getting (fired). I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m just saying that I know the relationship there is not great between Murray and Boudreau.

“I think it would be crazy. I think Murray would be smart to wait one more year and just see how this group does and how he does with them. But I know that their relationship isn’t great, so that always complicates things.”

-Elliotte Friedman on Fan590 radio today.  More from Chris Nichols of Today's Slapshot.

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Bruce Boudreau At The Top Of The List

from Travis Yost of TSN,

There’s been incredible buzz following the Mike Babcock story, and for good reason. He’s one of the winningest coaches in National Hockey League history, and despite Detroit’s overtures to make him the highest paid bench boss in the league, he seems adamant about testing free agency.

And there’s plenty of discussion following Todd McLellan, too. Though McLellan’s departure from San Jose ended in less-than-stellar fashion, the numbers – just as they do with Mike Babcock – lay the foundation of a very impressive argument, one that figures to end with a considerable financial windfall.

One of the things I can’t help but notice is the company that McLellan and Babcock keep in the coaching hierarchy. If you pull out any National Hockey League head coach with at least 500 games under his belt and sort by career Point%, McLellan sits 3rd-best all time, and Babcock 5th. Among active coaches, McLellan and Babcock slide up to 2nd-best and 3rd-best, respectively.

What’s particularly intriguing to me are the pair of names who sit above McLellan and Babcock in the pecking order. Second-place is Scotty Bowman, largely considered to be the greatest coach in National Hockey League history.

First place? Go ahead, take a quick guess.

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Pressure Is On Bruce Boudreau And The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

He has coached the Ducks in a seven-game loss to Detroit in 2013, and a sluggish six-game victory over Dallas and a seven-game loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings last spring. Another inexplicably early playoff exit by the No. 1-seeded Ducks, who will face the No. 8 Winnipeg Jets starting Thursday at Honda Center, could trigger changes in Boudreau's job status and beyond.

"This is our third year with this group making the playoffs where there's some sort of expectations. I am going to watch very carefully not only the coaching staff, but how certain players play in the playoffs this year," General Manager Bob Murray told The Times Wednesday. "This is the third year and it's time.

"It's not just Bruce. The guys that have been here, it's time for some of them to step to the plate. I'm watching everybody. There's guys that haven't had good playoffs. It's time. They've got experience now. They've been there. It's time to step up."

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Evening Line- Bruce Boudreau

 

 

The Ducks host the Kings tonight, puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

"When you get three hits after two periods when you're a team like we have, that's the troubling part. I'm pretty disappointed right now."

"Everybody thinks that oh yeah, we're in first place and that but it's within 10 points of the wild card and we've played more games than everybody else. So we've got to get our act in gear right now."

-Bruce Bourdreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after losing 6-3 to the Calgary Flames.  More on the game from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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Afternoon Line- Bruce Boudreau

“It seems like there’s a whole lot of players have gone south at the same time in a week. Rather than one guy having a bad week, it seems like everybody’s done that all at once here now.”

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on the Ducks who are 4-5-1 from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

"Not a great effort, all the way around. I'm not going to say we were content and [were thinking], 'Let's just get home.'

"I know we've been on the road 13 of the last 15 days — that doesn't hold anything. That bar's pretty high on our team and when you don't get what you reach for, you get pretty upset."

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after a 6-2 loss to Ottawa.  More on the game from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

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Evening Line- Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau when asked about Sami Vatanen’s Corsi rating...

“I don’t know, I’ve never looked at a Corsi number so that tells you my answer. I don’t pay any attention to any of that.

“I can tell by my eyes whether he is playing good or bad.”

More on the Ducks from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times as Ryan Kesler returns to Vancouver tonight.

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Bruce Boudreau Talks Teemu Selanne

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Bruce Boudreau continues to take the high road.

The Anaheim Ducks head coach again addressed the criticism he was dealt in Teemu Selanne’s autobiography Tuesday when he appeared on Hockey Central @ Noon, saying he wishes to end discussion of the topic.

“I’ve had many conversations with Teemu [since the book was released],” Boudreau said. “I think we’re fine.”

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Video- Bruce Boudreau On The Recent Comments Made By Teemu Selanne

Today was media day in Anaheim and head coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the recent comments Teemu Selanne made in his book about Boudreau.

 

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Bruce Boudreau’s Contract Extended In Anaheim

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks have extended the contract of Head Coach Bruce Boudreau for two additional seasons. Boudreau, who had one year remaining on his contract, is now signed through the 2016-17 NHL season.

“Bruce has done a very good job over the last several years, and deserves the opportunity to take this team deep into the playoffs,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We’re happy to have this contract complete before training camp, so our complete focus can be on winning hockey games.”

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All Bruce Boudreau

from the Anaheim Ducks,

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau talked to the media Monday afternoon during the Ducks' exit interview day, reflecting on the season and his team's disappointing end to the playoffs. 

On reflecting on the season

We were the fifth-to-last team standing, and we’re talking as if we didn’t make the playoffs. We didn’t play well in Game 7, and I can’t see me saying that about any other game in the playoffs. We hate it, but at the same time, it is what it is.

You don’t like the outcome, but everything could have changed. We’re going to start in training camp, and we’re gonna be hungry to go again. Everyone as a team will want to do better than they did this year. That’s why you take two months off. You get a chance to regroup and everything. Right now, there are a lot of drained people, coaches as well.

We need to get our juices flowing again, and that will come by September. We should be able to do again what we did this year, I hope. 

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Videos- Bruce Boudreau And Darryl Sutter Before Game 6

First up is Bruce Boudreau followed by Darryl Sutter below...

 

 

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Bruce Boudreau Wants The Cup

from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,

Maybe a man who has steered his teams to six regular-season division titles but never gotten one past a second-round playoff series is supposed to keep quiet about his longing to hold the Stanley Cup.

That’ll never be Bruce Boudreau.

The Ducks coach, who will lead his Western Conference top-seeded team into the postseason Wednesday night against the wild-card Dallas Stars, unabashedly has obsessed about the best-known trophy in sports.

“Think about it every single day of my life,” Boudreau told The Times on Monday. “When I’m by myself, when I take a walk … since I’ve been 10 years old.

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s not a question of the will and the want not being there. It’s a question of, sometimes you’ve got the opportunity and you’ve got to make good on it.”

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Bruce Boudreau’s Team In Anaheim

from Andrew Knoll of the New York Times,

His label as hockey’s Everyman has worn a bit thin, but Anaheim Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau continues to produce results that are anything but ordinary.

The Ducks clinched their second consecutive Pacific Division title on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory against San Jose. Heading into Saturday night’s game against Los Angeles, they had 52 victories, a franchise record and four more than the 2007 team, which won the Stanley Cup. Their sights are now set on earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the Presidents’ Trophy as the team with the most points in the N.H.L.

When Boudreau, 59, took over for Randy Carlyle in the 2011-12 season, the Ducks were in decline. But after a weak start, Boudreau nearly guided them to the playoffs, and now, in his second full season at the helm, has them in contention again. The Ducks have been one of the league’s best in holding leads after two periods and are the only team above .500 when they trail first. His players cite a personal connection with Boudreau as a big reason for their success.

“He gets to know the players, he gets to know their families and he wants to know how you’re doing at home,” said right wing Corey Perry, one of four holdovers from the 2007 team. “Those little things, they help. When you have a great relationship with your coach, you’re going to play hard for him.”

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Morning Line

Where have I heard this before?

"It's a mans game and you'd better be prepared to be hit."

-Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau after beating the LA Kings 2-1 last night.

More from Scott Burnside of ESPN plus Custance on the Senators, LeBrun on the Leafs and Strang on the Blues.

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Boudreau Returns To Washington

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

“I’m a little nervous,” Boudreau said of returning to Verizon Center on Monday night to face the Washington Capitals for the first time since they fired him on Nov. 28, 2011. “It’s a little scary because I love going to that building and everything about it, and now you’re on the other side.”

It has been 756 days since the Capitals fired Boudreau, hockey’s gabby everyman turned NHL head coach who ushered Washington back to the playoffs with a high-flying offense built around unleashing the talents of then-young stars Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.

But even though he took over the helm in Anaheim just two days after he was dismissed, Boudreau still watches every Capitals game thanks to the modern marvel that is DVR.

He can’t help but want to see Ovechkin reclaim his place as the league’s most dynamic scorer, he said. He wants to see how Backstrom continues to mature as a world-class center, how Green finds his way after all the injuries, whether Brooks Laich can fully regain his health, how up-and-comers such as Marcus Johansson, John Carlson and Karl Alzner establish themselves in the league.

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Patrick Roy makes his return to the NHL, has a tiff with Bruce Boudreau

Oh dear, it looks like Patrick Roy is indeed back in the NHL, and he had a wee tiff with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau at the end of the Colorado Avalanche's 6-1 win over Anaheim:

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Morning Line

After losing to Colorado 4-1 last night...

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Afternoon Line

"We’re not the same team that mouths off to all the refs you can look. We don’t have a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty yet this year. I would venture to guess we're at the bottom of the league in misconducts for talking.

"So it's not us being -- or the officials saying, 'Hey, listen if you're going to act like dinks, we're going to treat you like that.' That's not the case. It's tough because our guys are hurt. That's where we've got to draw the line a little bit."

-Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau after beating Chicago last night.  Boudreau was upset about some of the non-calls and you can read more about it from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog.

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Bruce Boudreau Spreads The Hockey Way Of Life

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

How skilled is Bruce Boudreau at moving men to act, this coach who has the Ducks playing at a level higher than nearly every other team in the NHL?

Boudreau's words helped inspire Cazalis, a Frenchman who grew up playing rugby, a math teacher who rarely had been on skates, a man who knew ice hockey only from the Olympics, to take up an endeavor that now has him blissfully face-planting Plexiglas.

Back when the NHL was stagnating under a labor dispute, Boudreau was still admirably growing the game, growing it at the very tips of the roots, where the novices and dry-landers reside.

"He takes his role as an ambassador of the game very seriously," says Jason Cooper, the Ducks' fan development coordinator. "He really wants to support the game, especially in a non-traditional market. His comment was sort of flippant, but it landed."

In mid-October, when he was in demand only because the NHL was out of order, Boudreau was invited to the team's annual S.C.O.R.E. orientation at Honda Center. The program uses hockey to teach lesson plans and encourage healthy living at local schools.

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Evening Line

"I never once thought Chicago was out of range. Everybody else did. We've got a lot of work to do. We've completed half our season. You don't win anything in half a season. Consistency and staying healthy are the keys."

-Bruce Boudreau, coach of the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are 6 points behind Chicago with two games in-hand.  More on the Ducks from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

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Boudreau Continues His Winning Ways

from Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Think maybe the Washington Capitals are having second thoughts about firing Bruce Boudreau after a 12-9-1 start last year? Since then, they’ve used Dale Hunter and now Adam Oates behind the bench and things are getting worse, not better. The Caps were 30th out of 30 teams entering play Thursday, which is also where they were when Boudreau took over from Glen Hanlon on an interim basis in November, 2007. Overall, Boudreau had a .672 winning percentage in Washington (201-88-40) and became the fastest coach in the NHL’s modern era to win 200 games. Oh and he has his current team, the Anaheim Ducks, off to a 7-1-1 start.

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