On Wednesday (August 15th) CSNWashington.com posted an interview with Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. Many of the questions came from readers of their sites, and understandably the interview was more concerned with Boudreau’s time with Washington Capitals rather than his current position with Anaheim. The Ducks are discussed however, and Boudreau has some interesting things to say about his new team, starting the season off right, line juggling, and more.
A quick excerpt, to get you interested…
FAN QUESTION: WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE AS A FIRST LINE- OVECHKIN-BACKSTROM-SEMIN OR PERRY-GETZLAF-RYAN? (@TheBusinessOfCrappiness)
BB: Well, they’re different kinds of players. For the most part the Anaheim [No.1] line is missing a piece. Bobby Ryan I didn’t play as much with Perry and Getzlaf so that top line isn’t as complete as it maybe was in Washington with a Semin or a [Troy] Brouwer or [two or three seasons ago] a Mike Knuble playing with Alex and Nicky.
But whether they play together or not, [Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan] are all gamers, they come to play every night, they play both ends of the ice and they’re all really good players. There’s a reason why Corey Perry won the Hart [Trophy as league MVP in 2010-11] and there’s a reason why Getzlaf is a captain and why he’s wanted by everybody even though he didn’t score a lot of goals last year (a career-low 11 goals in 82 games). But he’s similar to Nicky- a fabulous passer and a little bit of a bigger centerman.
Corey Perry doesn’t have the charisma that Ovi has, but he certainly has the compete level so I think [in Washington and Anaheim] we’re both searching right now for that other winger to complete a top line.
Catch the rest of the interview here.
Topics: Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan, Bruce Boudreau, Coach, Corey Perry, Hockey, Mike Knuble, NHL, Nicklas Backstrom, Ryan Getzlaf, Troy Brouwer, Washington Capitals