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Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 1:22 pm
And just like that, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau’s seat cooled considerably.  

"I expect him to be back,” GM George McPhee told Tarik El Bashir of The Washington Post on Thursday, a day after the Caps were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning. “He's a good coach.

“Someone said he's not a good playoff coach There's no difference between a playoff coach and regular season coach. Either you're a good coach or you're not. He's a good coach.”

Boudreau's record in the regular season and the playoffs can't be much more dissimilar.

The Caps have won four consecutive division titles, the Presidents’ Trophy a season ago and  were the top seed in the Eastern Conference the past two seasons. It’s the playoffs where the talented team that boasts Alex Ovechkin and other Stars have struggled under Boudreau, winning only two of six playoff series. Boudreau's playoff record is 17-20.

Earlier Thursday, Caps majority owner Ted Leonsis preached his usually fare -- humility with a heavy helping of patience -- on his blog

The best course of action for us though is to let a few days pass; be very analytic about what needs to be improved; articulate that plan; and then execute upon it.

Clearly we know we have to improve to build a franchise that is as good as our fan base.

I appreciate your emails. I appreciate all of the advice we are being given by media and bloggers. I understand that we are what our record says we are.

-- A.J. Perez
Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:04 pm

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

Their coach made a midseason adjustment that paid off, this guy seems to know how to a run a team.

If you want to evaluate by performance I'd look at the players on this one.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:55 pm

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

We all know that a "vote of confidence" is tantamount to "the kiss of death". Boudreau will be fired next season for sure, especially if he signs a contract extension.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 6:59 pm

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

Have to look at his regular season track record, 4 playoff seedings, 1st in the East this year, hard to fire a coach with such results.
Mercury:   His track record is failing miserably in the post-season.  Being the 1st seed in the East only means higher expectations. The last time I checked, no one gets praises and raises for their regular season records.  It's about winning championships.  None of us are privy to being around the team all year long to really gauge what kind of a coach he is, but in watching the HBO special about the Caps and Pens lead up to the Winter Classic, I saw and heard everything I needed to from Boudreau to know he's not a great coach.  He seemed lost most times on camera.  I honestly believe that the talent on the team carried them through the regular season.  When the playoffs come and more coaching is required, he comes up short.  Bylsma coaches circles around him. 

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:50 pm

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

I'm as disaapointed as anyone else but let's not forget there is an element of luck in the playoffs. That said , the Caps just aren't there yet and so you gotta believe change is gotta come.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:54 am

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

more often than not, when you get the dreaded vote of confidence, you are finished!

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:26 am

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

hey brucie, how loud is your building right now?  don't worry we'll add you to the list recycled doody that we bring into NY after you get canned in DC.   

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:18 am

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

The combination of a salary cap and the nature of the sport makes the league very balanced at the moment. Unlike football or basketball where a couple of key players (running back, quarterback, perhaps a wide receiver) can have a disproportionate impact on the game, hockey is the ultimate team sport.
This is exacerbated by the reduced goal scoring in the playoffs vs. the regular season. While Ovie, Stamkos, or St. Louis might be able to elevate their game and score a highlight reel goal or two in any particular game--ONE defensive breakdown can allow the other team to score a goal in a way that doesn't require superstar skill.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:40 am

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

The NHL has more parity than anyother professional league.
With the nature of the game any given series, including teams that did not make the playoffs, a hot team and goaltender can beat any other team in the league.

I beg to differ - In NFL you lose 1 game it's over. The NHL is a best of 7 each and every round. It's a system that is setup to send the better team on. One bad call, bad play, injury, etc. does not send a team packing for the year. You can lose 3 times and still move on to the next round.

Perfect example: The Patriots were better than the Giants, but the Giants outplayed them for 1 game and have a trophy to show for it. Pats vs. Giants in a best of 7 for the SB would have yielded another ring for that coin purse gobbler Tom Brady.

Parity has nothing to do with Ovechkin and Caps choking 4 years in a row. They've had as much, if not more talent as anyone in the NHL for the previous 3 seasons and haven't even made the ECF. That's not parity and hot goaltenders, that's flat out choking. You lose a best of 7 series you are the lesser team. All you have to do is win 57% of your games to move on.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:18 am

Caps GM gives Boudreau vote of confidence

Last time I checked Boudreau doesn't hand out the contracts to these soft turds. You want to win, get some players with heart and grit - not a bunch of soft eurotrash and russians that run and hide when the intensity picks up in the playoffs.

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