My story on interim Coach Bruce Boudreau in today's Post was relatively short. My interview with him was rather long. Here's some of the good stuff that didn't make the paper.
Warning: If you liked Boudreau before, I bet you're really going to like him after reading this.
Q: I hear you're all about stats. Why is that?
A: "Statistics don't lie. People always talk about the plus-minus stat and say what a dumb stat. Because you may not be doing anything wrong and you just happen to be on the ice when a goal is scored and you're a minus-1. I think it's a good stat. If everyone on your team is a plus-10 and you're a minus-10 then it tells you that you've got a defensive deficiency."
Q: Why didn't you have a longer career in the NHL as a player?
A: "Talking to friends of mine who are scouts now, they tell me I wasn't a great skater and I wasn't a great defensive player. I was an offensive player everywhere I played, except for in the NHL, where I was thrown into a defensive situation all the time. I was a third or fourth line checker, which wasn't me. It didn't help me as a player. But it's helped me as a coach because I learned the game at both ends of the rink."
Q: After waiting so long to get your shot behind an NHL bench, how much pressure do feel to succeed? (This is why they call him Gabby).
A: The pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself. I want to win. If you put enough pressure on yourself, then outside pressure is not going to matter much."
"So far, I'm doing everything the same. Maybe I'm not smart enough to pick up that I need to change. Don Cherry left me a message when I got the job and said, 'Be yourself.' That's the only way I can be. You either like me or you don't like me."
"When I was playing junior and living at home, me and my Dad used to sit down and go through the whole schedule. I would write down how many points I wanted to score in each game. It would never be under four or five. I used to hate when guys would say, 'I really hope I get a goal tonight.' Well, then what happens if you get that goal on the first shift of the game? Then they think they've achieved their goal. That's not right. You always have to make goals so far out there that you have to reach for them."
"That's culture I want to bring to the Capitals."
Q: Are you tired of being asked about your non-speaking role in "Slap Shot"?
A: "I have never gotten so much fame for having 15 seconds in front of a camera. Everywhere I go, that's all anyone wants to talk about. I can imagine what [the stars of the movie] get."
Q: How about your ties and suits? Some folks crack jokes.
A: "I don't want to be this. I'm trying so hard not to be the Oscar Madison of coaching. But it's a reputation I've had since I was 17 years old. I've tried hard to change. But I am who I am. I think I have really nice suits."
"Somebody once told me that I could put a $5,000 suit on and I would still looked rumpled. I work hard to lose weight. But that's just how I am I guess."
Update:Looks like Clark and Nylander will be out tonight. Also looks like Eminger and Pothier will be the scratches. I'll confirm this before the game.
Update:Tonight's lineup will be the same as Saturday's, according to Boudreau. Kevin Weekes will start in goal for Jersey.
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