Just three days after it was announced he would be replaced by Dale Hunter in Washington, Bruce Boudreau was on the ice guiding the Anaheim Ducks through his first practice as their new bench boss.
The Ducks announced late Wednesday night that Boudreau, 56, would replace Randy Carlyle as head coach. Boudreau inherits an underachieving Ducks squad that is 7-13-4, second to last in the Western Conference, and 10 points out of a playoff spot. But fixer-uppers are nothing really new for Boudreau, who led a Capitals team that was 6-14-1 when he took over in 2007 to a Southeast Division title and the playoffs.
“It’s going to take time, but I think we can do it in the next four months,” Boudreau said during his press conference Thursday afternoon. “I told them this morning I believe in them.”
Boudreau’s contract is for two years. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray contacted Washington about getting in touch with the coach as soon as the Capitals decided to let him go.
“It’s great to be here,” Boudreau said. “I don’t think opportunities like this come around every day, with the talent we have here I jumped at it.”