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Ducks Fire Coach Randy Carlyle and hire Bruce Boudreau


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Motherfucker!! Bastard, shit, piss, damn it, hell! The Ducks have fired coach Randy Carlyle and hired former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. The Ducks who have been struggling “mightily”  this season (did you see what I did there?!), replace Carlyle after Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens. The Ducks take a 7-13-4 record into Friday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Executive Vice President and General Manger Bob Murray said in a statement. “Randy is a terrific head coach and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership.”

Boudreau, 56, was hired as head coach of the Washington Capitals in November of 2007. Under his leadership, Boudreau compiled a 201-88-40 record, making him the fastest coach in modern-day history to reach 200 victories. Boudreau won the 2007-08 Jack Adams award as the NHL Coach of the Year and led his club to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy as NHL’s regular-season champions.

Boudreau was fired Monday morning, after a whopping 7-0 season start. He didn’t have to wait long for a new job, as it turns out, less than 72 hours. “That didn’t take long,” Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote in his blog. Ted’s Take, “I am very happy for Bruce and his family. And I am glad he is out West and not in our division, too.”

I was first introduced to Bruce Boudreau during last years HBO special 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. This documentary was awesome because it was true behind-the-scenes coverage. HBO camera crews followed both the Pittsburgh Penguins players and coaches and the Washington Capitals players and coaches for several weeks leading up to the Winter Classic.

At first the players and coaching staff of both teams appeared keenly aware of the cameras, but that quickly disappeared. And when their guards went down, the world of hockey as it truly is, opened up to the viewer. Bruce Boudreau was one of the highlights of the program. Every other word out of his mouth was an expletive. I loved it! Likeable, demanding, even charming in a way. The hockey world talked about him for months after 24/7 aired. After Boudreau was fired on Monday, many speculated as to where he would end up and how long that would take. As it turns out, not long and Boudreau is comin’ to California!

It will be very interesting to see if Bruce can turn the Ducks season around. He has a lot of work ahead of him. Let’s see if the Ducks made the right call.  We’ll find out soon enough. Stay tuned!

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  1. December 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Yeah it will be interesting to see what he can and can’t do for the Ducks. Sometimes just having a coach fired is enough to get em going. Liked your article. But just one thing. Boudreau charming? Say what? 🙂

    • December 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Charming in his own unique way of course..If you don’t mind picking apart an interview full of bleeps

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