Getting to Know Coach Boudreau

The Hockey News has an excellent profile of the Washington Capitals’ new head coach Bruce Boudreau, including tidbits like his (non-speaking) role in the film Slap Shot as a rookie with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Click here and read on.

It was only fitting the Capitals would name Boudreau an interim coach. Certainly wouldn’t want to give the guy a sense of security, now would they? Actually, it makes sense, since Capitals GM George McPhee is also on thin ice. Should he be fired this summer, the new guy coming in likely wouldn’t want to be committed to a coach he didn’t hire.
But for a guy who was called up and sent down 26 times during his tenure in the Maple Leafs organization, Boudreau doesn’t seem to mind the designation.
“I think it was a smart move,” Boudreau said. “If I had been George (Capitals GM McPhee) I would have done the same thing. I’m sure he has some confidence I can do the job or he wouldn’t have brought me here in the first place, but I also know he probably wants to see how things go the rest of this season.
“Now it’s up to me and I absolutely want to do everything I can to have that interim tag removed from my name.”

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