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Boudreau gives Getzlaf the “dad” talk, Getzlaf rolls eyes

Jan 13, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

Boudreau Getzlaf

Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun caught a glimpse into the Bruce Boudreau-Ryan Getzlaf relationship after asking Boudreau how Getzlaf can shake himself from his season-long slump.

From the Calgary Sun:

“He obviously doesn’t shoot enough,” said the colourful Ducks head coach before breaking into a grin.

“I always just tell him, ‘What did your dad say?’ Because he’s really the only person who counts when you’re growing up. I keep telling him what my dad said if I wasn’t scoring — he’d always ask me how many shots I got on net. You get six or seven a game, and you’re going to get your goals.”

Mired in a scoring funk that mirrors the woes of his club, Getzlaf rolls his eyes when informed of his coach’s sermon.

“Yeah, he’s had that whole talk with me before,” smiled the good-natured centre, enjoying the company of familiar faces at the Dome before last night’s game.

“Everyone my whole life has told me to shoot, but my dad’s kind of given up on that now. He’s established I know the game better than he does. I try to shoot as much as I can and it’s one of those things that can help you get out of a slump.

“But I have two pretty good linemates who can put the puck in the net, so I tend to look for them more and that’s the way it is.”

Not to make mountains out of molehills here, but is that “I know the game better than he does” bit a thinly-veiled shot at Boudreau? Under normal circumstances you wouldn’t think so, but Anaheim isn’t exactly a hub of normal circumstance this year. The season’s been a disaster, there have been no signs of improvement under Boudreau (6-9-3) and GM Bob Murray put the entire team on trade notice, save Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.

Speaking of trade talk, Getzlaf has been the subject of plenty and his numbers under Boudreau — 2G-8A-10PTS, minus-6 in 18 games — indicate he’s no better playing for the new coach than the old one (in fact, Getzlaf might be worse now.) This whole “dad says shoot more” situation wouldn’t be the first time Boudreau’s tried to kickstart Getzlaf, either.

By the way, the timing of this exchange couldn’t be more appropriate. The Ducks are on their annual dads road trip.

  1. bcfrese - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Not to belabor the point, but has Getzlaf noticed that his two best statistical seasons in the NHL coincided with two career highs in shots? Boudreau might have a point.

    • yettyskills - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      That’s incorrect

      None of the #’s support it

      The season he shot the 2nd most per game, had had 3 other seasons better than that when he shot less

      • yettyskills - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        he had*

      • yettyskills - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        LOL thumbs down for knowing the correct stats, and thumbs up for posting incorrect information.


      • stakex - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Not sure what your talking about. The numbers are pretty clear… when he shoots more, he scores more. Here are his top 5 seasons in terms of shots:

        1. 2008 – 227 shots for 25 goals / 66 assists = 91 points (career high in all four catagories)
        2. 2006 – 203 shots for 25 goals / 33 assists = 58 points
        3. 2007 – 185 shots for 24 goals / 58 assists = 82 points
        4. 2009 – 149 shots for 19 goals / 50 assists = 69 points (only played 66 games)
        5. 2010 – 117 shots for 19 goals / 57 assists = 76 points

        Clearly the numbers show the more he shoots, the more he scores… which is what the whole point was. Its true that his 2006 season in which he had his second highest shot total resulted in a lot fewer points, but thats due to far fewer assists… not goals (and seems to be more a fluke then anything). His bet two seasons by far are the seasons in which he shot the 1st and 3rd most.

        If you ignore the 2006 seasons drop in assists, the numbers clearly show more shots = better production.

      • yettyskills - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Did you really just post bulk totals and not per game stats?

        Try again using per game averages

        You are trying to say that his 06 season of 58 points was his second best season

        Like I said, break it down into per game averages and you will see that his best 2 seasons are not when he shot the puck more.

  2. yettyskills - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Brian Boudreau = Bryan Murray

    Nice lil regular season coach who needs to be replaced to take the the next step.

    Murray won a ton of games for the Red Wings and Sens, but eventually players tune him out and out the door he goes.

  3. sanjosecupcrazy - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Haha…… Sounds like Ryan Getzlaf is getting the Joe Thornton treatment. SHOOT THE PUCK!!!!

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    He won’t have to hear this when he’s on a line with Kessel and Lupul.

  5. buford2000 - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    We’d like to see him as Vanek’s center in Buffalo. The fans want Getzlaf here now!

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