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Boudreau: “I admire Dale Hunter for following the beat of his own drum”

May 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

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Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is writing the occasional blog for the Los Angeles Times during the playoffs, and today’s post included an interesting take on the way Washington coach Dale Hunter has been deploying Alex Ovechkin this postseason:

A lot has been made about Ovechkin and his ice time. I admire Dale Hunter for following the beat of his own drum. He is looking at the game and saying, “This is how we are going to win.” He’s staying true to himself and doing exactly what he thinks is the right thing in order to be successful.

Others have said the same thing with regards to Hunter’s philosophy. However, Boudreau’s take was especially noteworthy given what he told the Washington Post in January, not long after being fired as coach of the Capitals.

“You’ve got to be true to yourself,” he said. “I found that I was getting away from that this year. People were saying, ‘Do this’ and ‘Do that.’ I wasn’t doing what I believed was the right thing.”

Boudreau isn’t necessarily saying he should’ve coached the way Hunter’s coaching now, but it’s pretty obvious he still thinks about his time with the Capitals and how it might’ve ended differently if he’d stuck to trusting his instincts.

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  1. mgp1219 - May 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    How can anyone admire Dale Hunter for anything?

    • tonyromoisterrible - May 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Because he is doing a great job of coaching with no help from the refs, and no players that he picked. F-U

      C A P S!!!!!

  2. davidpcoelho - May 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    How do I say this? How about shut up you “fat F@#$”

    You showed what you can do coaching in the playoffs already and your opinion on the matter does not…well…matter.

    • davidpcoelho - May 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      [[still bitter he did this car commercial asking for much larger “cup” holders when he had accomplished nothing with all that talent on the bench]]

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