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Boudreau admits he wanted the Caps to lose

Oct 26, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

He may have landed on his feet in Anaheim, but Bruce Boudreau still didn’t want the team that fired him to do well in last year’s playoffs.

The former head coach of the Washington Capitals, now the Ducks’ bench boss, confessed as much in an interview with NHL.com.

“I think human nature dictates that I didn’t want them to win,” Boudreau said. “I think that’s just human nature. I was hoping for some players to have success and players I really like to do well and they did, but quite frankly nobody ever admits it — and maybe I just did — but I wasn’t exactly pulling for them because it would have validated me losing my job.”

Boudreau was fired by the Capitals in November after a tumultuous stint in Washington that included plenty of regular-season success but repeated playoff disappointment.

Along the way the Caps went from playing a run-and-gun style to practically the opposite end of the spectrum under Boudreau’s replacement, Dale Hunter.

Purely from an X’s and O’s standpoint, Washington’s been a fascinating team to watch the past few seasons. (Not to mention all the other drama.)

Come to think of it, one of the many unfortunate aspects of the NHL lockout is that we still don’t know how the Caps will play under new head coach Adam Oates.

Related: Alex Ovechkin ready for offense under Oates

  1. id4joey - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Yeah! This makes sense from an emotional perspective. However, his team’s poor playoff performance justifies his firing. Next, trade OV for two way players, and appoint the C to Backstrom.

    • stakex - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      I can see why you’re not an NHL GM….

      • id4joey - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        LOL You have to admit that it’s nice to play GM, and talk about something else than the lockout. By the way, I have seen some GMs make some very bad deals during their tenure, so, perhaps it does make me a GM.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Lord knows “trade Ovi for two-way players and give the C to a real captain” isn’t the worst idea a real GM’s had in the last few years. Kessel trade, anyone? How about the Rick DiPietro contract? Hell, even this season, Howson shot down the Rangers’ offered price for Nash (they were overpaying), then took a worse offer from them less than three months later. Don’t overrate the actual GMs, stakex. Enough of them are garishly terrible at their jobs (Howson, Burke, Gauthier, etc.) that being an NHL GM isn’t proof of much of anything other than being an NHL GM.

  2. id4joey - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    danphipps01, nothing like facts. Yep! Gauthier… Remember the Gomez trade?

  3. capsfan19 - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Being a big caps fan (as opposd to the rich dc natives that have season tickets and only know who ovi is) it is difficult to be a caps fan.
    Such a teaser. But at least we had that epic series with boston. We were playing like garbage against the rangers and still took them pretty deep.
    What im trying to say is that its only a matter of time in my eyes. But backstrom as capitano…. Ha i dunno. I vote laich. Hardest workin player out there in my eyes. And i do luv me some supa swede!

    • grimlock410 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      God I hate most of the caps fans that post on PHT. There might be some bandwagon fans around DC but the people who go to caps games are F’n top tier not even close to “rich Aholes who only know Ovi”. That really makes me think you have never been to a caps game. Everybody is in red and screaming. Plus there are always Tons of Chimera and Liach and Bondra and a million other jerseys. PS Ovi is a MONSTER if you think he is what’s wrong with the Caps or that they can’t win the Cup with him you are a moron.

  4. capsyoungguns - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    First part of Boudreau’s quote conveniently left out:

    “The gratifying part — and I don’t know if that’s the right word — is I was happy for certain individuals on that team that I know just hate to lose and they play so hard. So when they had a little bit of success, winning the first round in probably the first time they hadn’t been favored in a round for five years, I was happy for them.”

  5. rocktheredskins - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    With Boudreau behind the bench, the bruins would have won that series, instead we were able to “poke the bear” with solid defense.

  6. capsfan19 - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Just because everyone is wearing the colors doesnt mean theyre not bandwagons moron. Give em a couple drinks and theyre the biggest fans ever.
    The minute the team does bad they peace out. Leave early, etc.
    yes when buffalo beat us 5-1 you suck it up and stay. But almost everyone left and there were literally more sabres fans than caps fans. Is that any sort of indicator??

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