“Holy shit, they were stupid enough to do it,” was my immediate reaction when I heard of Bob Murray’s firing of his Duck loving head coach, Randy Carlyle.

I then learned within seconds the Ducks hired recently fired Capitals’ head coach, Bruce Boudreau…I didn’t have a reaction because I wasn’t sure what the hell to think.

I have tweeted and posted (on Puck Daddy) that if the Ducks are dumb enough to fire Randy Carlyle, who coached them to a S…Stan…can’t write it…who is a damn good coach, I would pick Carlyle up and drive him to Dean Lombardi’s office myself. I should have thought a little ahead on that one considering (a) I have no idea where in Orange County he lives and (b) the closest I have been to Randy Carlyle is the one time I bought him lunch (we were at separate tables) at my favorite restaurant in Orange County. Shut up for whatever you are thinking right now. I like him. In any event, the point is, Carlyle is gone and Bruce Boudreau has taken his place.

Okay, I have a reaction now.


There is an irony here. If memory serves me correctly, Washington’s problems started immediately after beating the Ducks in a game earlier this season, whereat Boudreau benched Ovechkin. There was less than 2 minutes left in the third period, the Ducks were up 4-3 (someone check this, I am too lazy at the moment), Ovy (or Ovie or whatever the hell people call him) was told to sit down and he responded to Boudreau with a fuck something or other, probably a “you”, that was caught on camera. Well, the Capitals tied the game and then won…in overtime, I think. From there, the Caps started to free fall and, call me crazy, I believe Ovechkin, that prima donna who is used to getting his way, stopped trying. Add bad goaltending, an inconsistent Alexander Semin and questionable defense and there you have it – Boudreau is fired. Now, the team he beat that started the Capitals’ downfall is the team he will coach. I love it…and hate it.

I didn’t want the Ducks to hire Boudreau. I wanted them to hire…I don’t know, just not Boudreau because I actually think he is a good coach. This probably also means Bobby Ryan may stay which sucks ass because that would have been an even dumber move than firing Carlyle. Maybe there is still hope there.

Our division just got more interesting. You cats probably know that Bruce pulls no punches, has a foul mouth and should make the rivalry more intense.

Of course, what brand of hockey will he bring to Anaheim? Washington, BD (Before Defense) or defense first?

And how long before the Columbus Blue Jackets announce the hiring of Randy Carlyle? 3…2…1…

Why do we care about all of this?

We actually don’t give a rat’s ass but this is more interesting than what the players are going to do with their mustaches or which Kings’ players wives got their hubbies boudoir photos for Christmas.

You do realize the 3% that represent the Ducks’ knowledgeable fans are saying, “hope Bruce can turn this around” while the other 97% of morons are thinking, “I thought Hazy was our coach.”