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Boudreau on Western Conference travel: “This is ridiculous”

Feb 17, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

The Anaheim Ducks are only halfway through their toughest road trip of the season — an eight-game, 15-day, 7,700-plus mile odyssey through Detroit, Columbus, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina — yet head coach Bruce Boudreau’s already had enough of it.

“This is ridiculous,” he told the Orange County Register. “The East has no idea how lucky they are. And I think every team in the West should start with 10 points before the season starts.”

While grueling travel is nothing new to Western Conference vets — heck, the Vancouver Canucks have a sleep doctor on staff to combat endless time zone changes — it is to Boudreau, who spent the last four-and-a-half years with Washington.

“For a guy that’s played in the East or coached in the East as well, I don’t know how they do it,” he said. “I really don’t. It’s quite a testament to every team in the West’s character for not griping as much as I’m doing right now about it.

“You don’t even know what hotel room you’re getting into. You forget the hotel rooms and everything during the course of the day on this trip. It’s pretty wild.

“But it is what it is. You can’t use it as an excuse and you’ve got to keep going.”

The travel hasn’t affected the Ducks much — they’re 3-0-1 thus far while allowing just six goals — though that may have to do with a heightened sense of desperation. Anaheim has clawed its way back into playoff contention and is just eight points back of eighth-place Los Angeles with a game in hand.

That said, Boudreau knows there’s still a long way to go.

“When you have a four-game road trip in seven days, you’re coming home exhausted,” he explained. “We’re at seven days right now and this is just the halfway point in our trip.”

  1. vshehane - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Welcome to the world of the Western Conference. It is absolutely crazy.

  2. tmoore4075 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    No kidding. Ask the Stars, Wings and Jackets about it. Amazing what a bubble the Eastern teams live in with their cushy schedule.

  3. jpelle82 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    damn those eastern teams, lucky bastards play in cities that were strategically established hundreds of years ago in locations based on economical and social convenience.

    • tmoore4075 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Well if they would only come up with a more balanced schedule like lets say 4 divisions where most games are in your division, every team visits every building at least once, and maybe a divisional playoff lets say. Oh wait….

  4. bensawesomeness - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    And yet the western conference still owns the eastern conference year after year after year.

    • back2backbees - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      except last year of course…in the end that is.

      • bensawesomeness - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        You could make the argument that the Vancouver ( and, because i’m a fan, the Red Wings in 09) were exhausted from the travel and by the time they reached game 7 of the finals, it was too much

        I’m not saying that Boston wasnt the better team or whatever, but it’s definately not a level playing field when you get to that, the fatigue gets to you

  5. tk1966 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Does this guy ever stop whining?

    “He shouldn’t have been the 1st star of the week”
    “The travel is too tough”
    “There isn’t enough sauce on my wings”

    • wethog66 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Bitter that BB’s is proving he knows what he is doing? Me thinks yes.

    • natswizskincap - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      You can hate but DC still loves BB and wishes OVI had stepped up instead of working against you!!! Rock the BB

  6. tk1966 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Quite a leap to conclude that my pointing out his incessant griping equates to me being “bitter”….

    But, whatever makes you happy. More power to you.

    Have a nice day

  7. tribesofneurot - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

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