Boudreau’s storms out of press conference: desperation or strategy? (Video)

Things are not going well in the world of Bruce Boudreau. The head coach has returned to the playoffs and once again has his back to the wall.

His Minnesota Wild dropped their third straight game against the St. Louis Blues in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team is facing a ‘must win’ Game 4 on Wednesday or be swept out of the playoffs.

After the 3-1 loss on Sunday afternoon, Boudreau sat down for his post-game presser with the media. As the video above shows, it did not go well.

[UPDATE: Original video by the Wild is below. We added the NHL press conference video above.]

The Wild first post the video of the press conference to their Twitter account. They made an intentional hard cut at the end to leave out the part where Boudreau ends the presser.

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Boudreau honors Ducks, team ignores his return

ANAHEIM, CA — On Sunday Bruce Boudreau returned to Honda Center for the first time since he was told to clean out of his office by the Anaheim Ducks.

While in Anaheim, Boudreau accumulated a 208-104-40 record. He lead the team to four straight Pacific Division titles. In 2013-14, he set set franchise records for wins (54) and points (116).

Yes, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Game 7 losses will be a part of his legacy in Anaheim forever.

But playoff disasters aside, one would assume the franchise that benefited so much from his presence would at least give the fans a chance to say ‘thank you’ when he returned.


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Ducks’ GM Murray: Carlyle brings accountability, knows how to win

ANAHEIM — By firing Bruce Boudreau and hiring Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray sent a message to players, fans, and media alike: the team must win now.

“The team, this group, has a little window here; three years, maybe, whatever,” said Bob Murray to reporters at Tuesday’s press conference to announce the hiring of Carlyle. “You had to get a guy in here that knew some of the players and knows that it’s time. That knows how to win.”

Murray interviewed several candidates, but as he put it, “everything just came back to Randy in the end.”

Being in this position of rehire the team’s former head coach is one that Murray didn’t want to be in in the first place.

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Ducks expected to hire Randy Carlyle on Tuesday, seriously: Report

According to a tweet from Darren Dreger, the Anaheim Ducks are expected to announce the hiring (or rehiring?) of Randy Carlyle as head coach on Tuesday.

When we first heard these rumors everyone kind of laughed them off, right? Conventional wisdom in life is that you don’t go back with your ex because there was a probably a good reason you broke up in the first place.

But that’s logical, and in sports, things don’t border on the logical.

Instead, Ducks general manager Bob Murray is going back with his good old friend Randy Carlyle. The man he begrudgingly fired the two months into the 2011-12 after his team – mainly stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry – quit on their coach.

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