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Bruce Boudreau has gone mad with power

Nov 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

A day after his bold moves received public support from his GM, Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau took his boldness to the next level by making Joel Ward a healthy scratch.

Bruce McNally of the Washington Examiner tweeted the news a short wile ago. The story goes that Ward slept in on Tuesday and missed a team meeting — a crime that required stiff punishment. Apparently.

“I didn’t want to do it,” Boudreau told McNally. “He’s a good player. But the rules have got to be the rules for everybody.”

Ward will be held out of tonight’s game against Winnipeg. Predictably, the move is coming under fire from a number of folks — here’s Jon Press of Japers’ Rink:


That sentiment’s being shared by many, especially after Ward played one of his best games as a Capital in Monday’s 4-3 win over Phoenix. Ward finished with an assist, two blocked shots, three shots on goal, a hit and a plus-2 rating and was named the game’s third star. Best part: Ward did all this while dealing with the flu!

(Which, now that I think about it, might be why he overslept that morning.)

Let me repeat for the 239th time: Boudreau is clearly not screwing around this season. As such, we’ve created the Bruce Boudreau Discipline Chart, which you can print out and update at home if you like.

Bruce Boudreau Discipline Chart

— Made Marcus Johansson a healthy scratch. (Oct. 8)

— Dropped Mike Knuble to 4th line. (Oct. 31)

— Benched Alex Ovechkin. (Nov. 1)

— Bag-skated team. (Nov. 9)

— Made Alex Semin a healthy scratch. (Nov. 21)

— Made Joel Ward a healthy scratch. (Nov. 23)

If the chart is missing anything, please provide updates in the comments section.

  1. govtminion - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    It’s harsh, no doubt- particularly with the flu part in mind (I know I’m incapable of waking up after some NyQuil, anyway. Big N, little Y, big f***ing Q!)… but I’m interested in a comparison. Boudreau benches Joel Ward for a day for missing a practice, and the hockey world seems to be horrified. Andy Reid does the same to DeSean Jackson before an Eagles game, and most people think it was inspired coaching.

    Not sure what to take away from that, but it’s interesting that two similar cases, handled much the same way, are getting so different reactions.

    Damn, now I want some NyQuil… I’m high as a kite and my teeth are green, merry f***ing Christmas! (Thank you Denis Leary!)

    • somekat - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      I don’t recall anyone calling what Reid did “inspired coaching”. Not to mention, he missed a special teams meeting the same week he cost the team the game on a special teams goof.

      As far as how it was portrayed, 90% of the stuff I’ve seen called it a bad move, especially since Maclin got hurt, and they had no weapons from the outside and lost to one of the worst teams in the league, but hey, whatever floats your boat

    • dohpey28 - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      Jackson is a first class idiot, with behavioral problems through his entire life. Ward hasn’t had these issues before. There is your difference.

  2. zachg10 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Matthew Perrieult (sp) was a healthy scratch for 8 strait

    • dipthatchip - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      because he is a ragdoll on skates. He belongs in hershey

  3. zachg10 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Also he benched Vokoun to start the year

  4. abrienza428 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    He’s fat and crazy

  5. canucks18 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    If the Caps brass had any stones they’d turf Boudreau to the nut house and bring someone in that has a reputation for being a little more “Russian friendly” and he might just get a little more out of two of the best pure scorers in the game instead of continuing to bench everyone.

  6. nhlbruins90 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Go get ’em Bruce. It ain’t supposed to be a country club. Clearly, the team has a problem that he’s trying to fix. More power to him. His approach may or may not work, but he knows, the team he’s currently coaching will not win the Cup.

  7. stakex - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    “Of course he has. Ever try going mad without power? Its boring… no one listens to you.”

    The bottom line, as it has been for a while now, is that if Washington keeps playing un-inspired hockey Boudreau has to go. He can’t motivate his stars, the Caps defense looks awful (I know, Greens out… but that hurts the Caps more offensivly then defensivly), and the team is simply playing bad. Sure he might be holding people accountable, but its not really working now is it?

    If McPhee is too close with Boudreau and won’t pull the trigger on a change, then perhaps the owners need to pull the trigger on him as well.

  8. nikesparq - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    solid article on Boudreau,

    Mike Yeo of the Minnesota Wild has turned the team around completely by holding his players accountable, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a new phase for coaches in the NHL

  9. critter69 - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    So the fact that it was a MANDATORY meeting makes no difference to anyone?

    MANDATORY means nothing?

    Tell that to YOUR boss the next time, and see how he treats you. You might be lucky to have a job to go back to. I’m sure Ward got off better than you would if you missed a MANDATORY meeting, no matter what excuse you tried to pull with the public/your boss.

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