December 1, 2011
Boudreau doesn't Duck out for long
By QMI Agency
Bruce Boudreau wasn't unemployed for long.
Boudreau, fired Monday by the Washington Capitals, was hired Thursday as the Anaheim Ducks' new coach after Randy Carlyle was let go after six seasons at the helm.
"Randy is a terrific head coach and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship (in 2007). 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 signed a two-year deal with the Ducks just three days after being fired by the Caps, an NHL record for the quickest turnaround.
"This team needs to believe in themselves," Boudreau said. "That's the message right now, is for them to believe in themselves.
"It's going to take time, but I think we can do it in the next four months. I told them (Thursday) morning I believe in them."
The 56-year-old had guided Washington to first-place finishes in the Southeast Division each of the past four seasons after taking over behind the bench Nov. 22, 2007. However, the talented team never advanced past the second round of the playoffs and was off to a so-so start (12-9-1) this season under Boudreau after opening with seven wins.
Boudreau had a regular-season record of 201-88-40 with the Caps and reached the 200-win plateau faster than any coach in modern NHL history, but the team managed only a 17-20 mark in the playoffs.
He won the NHL coach of the year award in 2007-08.
The Ducks also fired assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno as well as video co-ordinator Joe Trotta. Brad Lauer was brought in as one of Boudreau's assistants and another will be hired in the coming days.
Carlyle was fired despite leading the Ducks to a 4-1 win Wednesday over the Montreal Canadiens. The Ducks are just 7-13-4 this season and in last place in the Pacific Division.
"We've got a lot of work to do and a hill to climb," Murray said. "This group has faced adversity before and we'll do it again.
"I truly believe this group can do it. I feel we have the gentleman here who can lead us in that direction."
Murray said he called Capitals general manager George McPhee immediately after Boudreau was fired in Washington.
Boudreau will make his debut as coach of the Ducks Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers.