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Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:23 pm
Understandably, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t take too well when asked if another loss could mean the end of his tenure with the club. 

“You guys have been asking me that,” Boudreau said hours before his team attempted to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Is your job on the line? . . . I don’t want to answer that. Stupid question. Stupid.”

He's asked the question about 2 minutes, 15 seconds into the news conference: 

It’s not like this is the first time somebody in the sports media went to Boudreau with that line of questioning. Boudreau was also asked in the midst of a nine-game skid this season and  he had a similar reaction. 

"I don't think about it at all," Boudreau said in December . "It is what it is. We have a great group. I'm not even going to answer such a dumb question."

If only his star players were as dependable. 

As we mentioned last night , Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and most of the Caps players have been ghosts this round. Alex Ovechkin, who had a point and an assist in Game 3, tried to do it all on his own, never a good idea, but can you blame him? Nobody else has stepped up for the Caps for more than a period at a time this round. 

And it appears the Caps will have to contest this elimination game minus their top defenseman. Mike Green, who left Game 3 in the third period for what Boudreau described as a lower-body injury, is questionable (at best) for Game 4. Boudreau refused to talk about his status earlier today. 

These are again frustrating times in the Washington region and Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog that he received 60 e-mails overnight:

I appreciate it.

I empathize.

I understand.

We have a game to play this evening, a unique back-to-back game. A win is a must have deliverable for us under very difficult circumstances.

I, too, am disappointed that we lost two leads last night. Every game is close and we didn’t close out that game and take a win and the momentum back in the series. I am sorry.

We have a lot of work to do.

It is best that we focus on the game tonight. Keep sending good vibes our way. We need the help. Go Caps!

If those good vibes don’t result in four consecutive wins, Leonsis -- one of the more patient owners in sports -- would be the one to lead a makeover of the organization, or at least the front office and, in turn, the coaching staff.  As you can tell by the comments at the end of his post, it would be met with approval by most. 

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:42 pm

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

Alex Ovechkin overrated? Lets see how well you do when three defenders hound, collapse, and cover you whenever you get close to the puck. Not only is he NOT overrated I think he is under appreciated. He does some of their hardest hitting. He gets other people opportunities they would never even sniff. The reason Ovechkin cant get it done in the playoffs is the surrounding cast. Backstrom may as well have stayed home. Semin looked scared and confused. Knuble shoulda stayed hurt. There is more but i wont go into it since there is only so much room here. As far as am concerned Ovechkin, Arnott, and Neuvirth can stay...maybe Johannsen and Green too...the rest of ya hit the bricks.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:45 am

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

The Capitals need to move to the Phillipines and remame the team the Manila folders

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:06 am

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

Ovechkin overrated?  He's pretty much the only reason this team wasn't shut out every game this series.  Ovechkin had a tremendous playoffs, but guys like Backstrom and Semin didn't bother showing up.

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:12 am

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

Alex Ovechkin  is the most overrated player in the NHL. He disappears in  big games, and he has never won anything in the way of a title of any type (see: Winter Olympics).

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:33 am

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

With the kind of talent he has at his disposal, there is no reason that they should be losing this soon. Fire Boudreau!

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:25 am

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

First post here....Something I've got to get off my chest. I've followed the Caps for about 31 years and their latest choke has got me baffled! Yes kudos to Boudreau for his work the last 3 years, but the offensive scheme and output this season- PATHETIC. The Caps dump-n-fetch style was horrible for a team of creative puckhandlers. They shot the puck in from the offensive blueline only to get beaten to the puck without any shots. On a rare occasion would they ever complete 2 or more passes in the offensive zone. have perhaps the best player in hockey and putting a vice on him. Somehow they better find a mix of their old style run-n-gun and this new "defensive" hockey, because neither has worked. Perhaps yes, the coach may be the answer, but also the GM for not getting the right mix in personnel. They are quite young but how many years are we going to waste of Ovie's career? It seems every other playoff team is scoring and playing defense, so what is the Caps problem? Balls-out toughness is one, system offense and defense is two and personnel is three. The young core of talent is in place, but the Knubles-Arnotts-Chimeras-Gordons-Br

adleys and Hendricks of the world isn't exactly what I call great support and need to be carefully picked to fill the support role. Schultz-Poti-Erskine-Hannan? Please. And how many games did the "enforcer" play in and what fight did he actually win this year. Holtby is their best goalie and one of them have to go for trade bait. Oh what another long off-season this will be.....out.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:53 pm

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

 I think Boudreau has done a great job of switching the system around to something more suitable to playoff hockey.  He can try to motivate his players till he's blue in the face but he cannot go out onto the ice and play for them
 He's a fat yutz! The Capitals have the best player and talent in the sport and they get swept by the Lightning? They should have lost 2 games to the undermanned and scoring deprived Rangers.

His team is up 2-1 and he tries to "motivate" his #1 seeded team by ripping an aging MSG and their fans? What a joke. Maybe if he actually coached more and studied tapes of his opponents, he wouldn't consistently get bounced in the 2nd round.

I hope he stays. That will ensure the Capitals will never win a Stanley Cup. He's the Stan Van Gundy of hockey. Fat, obnoxious and always outcoached.

If they care the least bit about their coach, they will play the best game they have played all year tonight.
 You just destroyed your own argument. If they respected him, they wouldn't have gone out like lambs. Bye-bye Brucie.

Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:48 pm

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

"The coach gives you the game plan and the system to play and be successful.  You learn it, practice it and then you perform it at games. " I played hockey my entire childhood, through High School, and you know what else a coach does? Tells you when you're not back-checking, when you're making poor line changes, and when you are coasting around the ice. He motivates/shames/punishes the guys who aren't trying hard enough or aren't following the game plan.

Boudreau hasn't done ANY of that, and it showed.

Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:23 pm

Is Bruce Boudreau's job on the line? Don't ask

How can everyone blame the coach?   Have any of you actually played a team sport?  The coach gives you the game plan and the system to play and be successful.  You learn it, practice it and then you perform it at games.   The fact that the coaches TOTALLY changed the way this team plays and still got first in the East is a credit to Boudreau and his staff!  Well done Bruce.

It is time to hold the players more accountable.  Semin, Backstrom, Arnott, Laich, Carlson, Johansson, etc  needed to pick up their game to match the intensity of the Lightning...they did not.   Leionsis, McPhee, and Boudreau need to look to shake up the line up and maybe shock some fight into this team!

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