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Ducks GM happy with Boudreau despite disappointing finish

Bruce Boudreau

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau gives instructions during a timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. The Ducks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Back in 2007-08, Bruce Boudreau took control of the Washington Capitals and led them to a 37-17-8 finish. Washington went from a team that looked more like contenders for the first overall pick than playoffs and to the Southeast Division winners. Boudreau wasn’t able to pull off a similar comeback in his first campaign with the Anaheim Ducks, but Ducks GM Bob Murray is still happy with him.

“He’s done very well,” Murray said. “Bruce has done a good job. Obviously we’ve had a big second half. We got right back in the game. When it came crunch time, we didn’t take that extra step we had to take. Bruce and his staff have done a good job.”

Bobby Ryan also expressed his support for Boudreau by saying, “I know my confidence was at an all-time high over the last 10, 12 games playing under Bruce.”

Anaheim had a 27-23-18 record under Boudreau, but it took a while for Anaheim to start performing under him. The Ducks were dominant in January and February, but they weren’t able to sustain that hot streak and get out of the very large hole they dug.