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Selanne raves about Boudreau, compares current Ducks to 2007 champs

Mar 20, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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While the Chicago Blackhawks have been grabbing most of the headlines in 2013, the Anaheim Ducks aren’t all that far behind in the standings.

Teemu Selanne spoke to the team’s Web site about this year’s surprisingly successful team and the great job head coach Bruce Boudreau has been doing.

“It’s a package of everything,” Selanne said. “Bruce [Boudreau] has been unbelievable. He tries to feed the confidence and the right feelings. All the leaders are pushing everybody, and everyone is chipping in. That’s what it takes.”

The 42-year-old icon explains some of Boudreau’s methods, including a little game where he selects certain combinations by pulling names out of a hat.

” … The way [Bruce] is shaking the hat and pulling those names out for different combinations, it has to be working,” Selanne said. “He has a deep hat. [Laughs]. It’s funny, but that’s how you get everybody going.”

One cannot help but wonder: how does this version of the Ducks compare to the team that won the franchise’s only Stanley Cup in 2007?

“If you look at how deep we’ve been and how solid we’ve been even in the bad games, we find the ways to win the games, like back then,” Selanne said. “[We have] two great goaltenders. It’s all the feelings that create the confidence like I’ve been talking about. I’ve always said that [with] one line, you can have fun. Two lines and you can go to the playoffs and have some success. But if you have three lines, you’re a championship team or a contender. That’s what has happened here.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I still cant believe how well he has coached the ducks. In 24/7 he did not look like a great coach. I guess he was doing everything right while the team was doing everything wrong.

    • lsxphotog - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      The Caps are in need of a leadership change in the locker room, if you catch my drift. The team is frustrated from lack of success with a roster that should be a heavy playoff contender on paper.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Amen. Never will they win the SC without moving the flashy crazy8. This was obvious the year they lost to Pitt in 7 games during the conference final. I think it was 2007..,,

    • imleftcoast - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Agree about 24/7, he seemed to be on a downward spiral with no clues. The hat thing is pretty funny with the right group and things going, but I wouldn’t be happy to hear Vigneault was doing it in Vancouver. It would explain some of the stupider decisions, but I expect a little some analysis to go with the hunches.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    i bet BB loves watching the ship in washington keep sinking, wish he would spill the beans on how dysfunctional that locker room must be

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Agreed. Caps fans are so gullible. They have been putting up with the antics of Ovi for far too long.

      • blomfeld - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        *** just yesterday out on the Great Plains there yonder ***

        Blomfeld: who is this rider who goes before us using the name Valoisjoeybfeld69 ?

        Ten Bears: it’s hard to say brother, as his name does “echo” that of our lost friends ?

        Crazy Dog: let’s kill him ! … he’s all alone and I think he’s an idiot !

        Blomfeld: no brother … we will speak to him, as something is telling me that he is good …

        Valoisjoeybfeld69 – you’re so right about that overpaid Russian “hotdog” on the Caps … what a complete joke eh ! :) … as for Selanne and this idiotic “gibberish” about the Ducks being “contenders” this year, etc ? … well all I one can take from that is the assumption that the Ducks have begun experimenting with “mind expanding” drugs like LSD or something !

        Special video presentation for all Duck fans who think that they’re going somewhere …

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Cheers comrade blomfeld. Hmmmm! Good! As in Campbell’s Soup! :-)

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