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

Feb 27, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

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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.

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