It figured that Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t be out of a job long. He was fired as Washington Capitals coach around 6:30 a.m. Monday, but around 1:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday, he was named coach of the Anaheim Ducks.
In a conversation with The Washington Times Wednesday morning, Boudreau said he’d love to jump right back back into coaching if a new gig opened up.
“Absolutely. It’s what I do. I love hockey and I love my job,” Boudreau said. “Even when things are going bad I love my job. I love going to work in the morning and I feel comfortable when I’m behind my desk or behind the bench or talking to guys or being on the ice. It’s something that I would relish doing.”
Then, he was asked specifically if the Ducks had contacted him and said no. Told he seemed like the perfect fit for Anaheim, Boudreau responded: “Well, I don’t know why they would be, but thank you for that vote of support.”
The Ducks fired Randy Carlyle and his entire coaching staff late in the night on Wednesday after a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Ducks GM 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.”
Sounds very close to what George McPhee said when replacing Boudreau with Dale Hunter earlier in the week.
“This was simply a case of the players were no longer responding to Bruce,” McPhee said Monday. “When you see that, as much as you don’t want to make a change, you have to make a change.”
According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, Boudreau was already in Anaheim late Wednesday. The ex-Caps coach did no respond to a text message seeking further comment.
Boudreau’s first game behind the Anaheim bench will be Friday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. They’re also the team he first faced when named Caps coach in November 2007.
Fittingly, HBO’s 24/7 cameras will be rolling.