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Boudreau on Detroit going East: ‘Get them out as quick as possible’

Feb 27, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

Bruce Boudreau AP

Bruce Boudreau is doing a great job coaching the Anaheim Ducks this season. As it turns out, he’s still good for a funny one-line or two.

When the OC Register asked about the Detroit Red Wings realigning to the equivalent of the Eastern Conference, Boudreau provided these comments:

“They shouldn’t be in the West,” Boudreau said. “Get them out as quick as possible, by the way. I can tell you a couple of teams. They should be with Chicago. Chicago should be in the East too.

“Who else? I think the Kings could go there, just for some travel.”

Naturally, he was joking – especially about Los Angeles – but Boudreau followed that up with a more serious take on the proposal.

“It really helps out a lot of teams,” Boudreau said. “It keeps you in the same time zone for the most part. I know for a guy who was out east and came to the west, I found it quite taxing to keep going through time zones.

“There’s teams that it’s definitely going to help. You look at Winnipeg and you look at Dallas and Columbus. Detroit. I think they’re all going to help them. I think it’s going to create even greater rivalries amongst teams.”

Even if those pesky Kings stick around.

  1. esracerx46 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Winnipeg, Detroit,Columbus….i get it. But Dallas…. not really sure why it helps them so much.

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      They’ll be moving from the Pacific division to the Midwest division. They would be playing division rivals in their own time zone, or one time zone away. That’s how it helps them.

  2. geo91 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Glad to still see teams not wanting to play Detroit, always good to hear

  3. blomfeld - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    “Even if those pesky Kings stick around” ?

    News Flash: Full marks to Boudreau for telling it like it is … and the LA Kings aren’t going anywhere, apart from again climbing the staircase to supreme and righteous total victory !


    • freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      What, no Elvis video?

      • blomfeld - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Sorry about that friend … :)

  4. obnoxiousDCfan - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I’m really starting to miss Gabby over here on in DC…

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    I wasn’t a big fan of Boudreau when with the Caps but i find him rather enjoyable in small doses in anaheim.

  6. kingsforever - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Boudreau used to coach the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings AHL affiliate. He knows are good the Kings are.

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