Ducks extend Coach Boudreau two additional years

Posted: 05/11/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Take the lame duck tag off Gabby as GM Bob Murray continues to line up his ducks for next season. Ducks have announced that Coach Boudreau’s contract has been extended through the 2014-15 season.
“Since joining the organization last November, Bruce has done an outstanding job with the team,” said executive vice president and General Manager Bob Murray, who brought in Boudreau when he fired Randy Carlyle on November 30th. “He’s committed to us and determined to lead us back to the playoffs.”
Boudreau was originally under contract with Anaheim through the 2012-13 season.
“It’s always great that the General Manager and ownership have that much faith in you, and it’s my job to justify it,” Boudreau said via the team’s Twitter account.
Boudreau led the Ducks to a 27-23-8 record in 58 games after taking over for Carlyle, including a 24-15-6 mark after January 1st that ranked fifth in the Western Conference.
“I think this team has just started going where we want to go,” Boudreau said. “We competed with all the teams that are in the playoffs now.”

The Ducks raised the hopes of all fans with an improbable 17-3-3 run to start the new year. The incredible streak came after Bob Murray announced his only untouchables were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. The team went 3-6-1 after they got past the trade deadline.
Gabby has some passengers in this boat. Not everybody is grabbing an oar and rowing in the same direction. His first challenge will be to get the slackers to buy in to the program. If not, expect Bob Murray to be busy at the 2013 trade deadline.

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Comments
  1. czhokej says:

    Boudreau’s career coaching stats: 228 wins 111 losses 48 OT losses, are one of the best from active NHL coaches. I believe in him. But there is always a question about players, their skills, health, and ethical values.
    If a country sends people to represent it at the World Championships, and they go partying till 3:00 AM, there is something wrong. I hope that Murray has the same opinion. There is no such thing as success without personal sacrifice.

  2. As usual, czhokej sparks the curious cat in me. What exactly does among the best mean? Coach Boudreau stands 5th all time in regular season points percentage and 3rd among active coaches. Not too shabby.

  3. czhokej says:

    From the world Championships:
    Slovakia – Belarus 5:1
    Norway – Latvia 3:0
    Switzerland – France 2:4
    Germany – Denmark 2:1
    Kazakhstan – Canada 8:0 (Perry 1 goal, Getzlaf 2 assists)
    Italy – Sweden 0:4

    Canada is on the top of “Group Helsinki” with 16 points, Finland has 12 points, USA 10 points, Slovakia 9 points. Russia and Sweden lead the “Group Stockholm” with 15 points, Czechs have 11 points, Norway 7.

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