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Posted at 2:58 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Boudreau doesn't want to be known as the F-Bomber

By Dan Steinberg

(By Elsa - Getty)

I've clearly overcovered the issue of Bruce Boudreau and profanity, but now that it's become kind of my thing, I can't really stop. And so, here was Boudreau, talking about 24/7 during a Monday interview with 105.9 The Edge.

"That's not how we usually act, but it wasn't like it's a press conference and I went on a rant," Boudreau said, when asked about his 15 F-bomb display. "Initially, if you look at it, I walked in and I asked [the cameras] to leave, but they didn't. You have to do what you have to do. I mean, just because the TV lights are on in there, you couldn't change the whole structure of the game plan or what my thoughts to the players were at that time, because then it wouldn't be real....

"The way they did the show was riveting TV, even for a non hockey fan, and the way they've set it up, there's gonna be a lot of people out there can't wait to see what's next. You've got the Unabomber; I just don't want to be known as the F-Bomber."

Great nickname idea, sir. Just great. Boudreau also seemed relieved that the 8-game losing streak was over. Like, really relieved.

"All those analysts, half of them never played the game, so they know diddly," he said. "When they're praising you, they don't know much, and when they're criticizing you, they don't know much, so you've got to take it for what it's worth. But at the same time, we do know now how bad it feels to lose. If you could have seen the looks on the guys' faces last night, for one night at least, they were one happy group....

"It was everywhere, all the time. I mean, I don't' know what it was about our team losing some games, but it was magnified greatly, and in every newspaper where we went, every city we went. So I'm glad at least we can quit talking about that thing."

Boudreau was then asked whether he could sleep and eat during the bad times.

"Sleep I can't do," he said. "There's no chance. I haven't slept in three weeks, in reality. [Eating], just look at me. I think I can handle that pretty well."

That F-Bomber, always joking.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 20, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
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I no more believe that Bruce doesn't want to be known as the F-bomber than I believe the moon is made of cheese. I mean, please, a man with his experience throws out this line and tries to fein innocence: "...a lot of people out there can't wait to see what's next. You've got the Unabomber; I just don't want to be known as the F-Bomber." Yeah, right. The man is a ham. Get your focus back on the ice, Bruce!

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | December 20, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

When is this country gonna get over foul language. It's not that big a deal.

Go Bruce!

Posted by: CF11555 | December 20, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if the guy cusses like a sailor? His job is to coach hockey not teach bible school.
Just a guess but, he could use the F-word every other word and if the Caps won a Cup no one would even mention it.
Who would think a Pens' fan would be coming the the Caps' coach's defense?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Gabby went down a few notches for me. He came across as a blustering, feckless, desperate, fat clown who should be tuned out by his players instead of a competent coach (see Ryan, Rex).

You can win and keep you cool and act dignified as well (see Gibbs, Joe; Dungy, Tony; Walsh, Bill; Landry, Tom; Smith, Lovie; Shula, Don; Noll, Chuck; Bowman, Scotty; et. al.) and I really miss that era of coaching that seems to be out of fashion. I blame ESPN.

Posted by: playahatah | December 21, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow, playahata, you have been in THAT many locker rooms??? I guess the rest of us can only dream...

Posted by: mokentoff | December 22, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow -- talk about much ado about zilch! Not sure how the use of certain words or the showing of frustration has anything to do with Gabby's coaching ability. His winning % is still through the roof and if they were mired in the losing streak and he was calm and mild-mannered, people would probably attack him for being too controlled and passive.

Plenty of good and great coaches wore their hearts on the sleeves and "bluster[ed]": Lombardi, Parcells (hate to say it), Cowher, Herb Brooks, Woody Hayes, Tortorella (also hate to say it), Ron Wilson . . . People have different management styles.

And how does anyone know the effect it has on the team? mokentoff is right about that. Last I checked, the team loved Boudreau. It may be that they aren't listening to him -- that the message isn't getting through any longer. That's a common thing in hockey and is why there's so much coaching turnover, but it doesn't reflect at all on a coach who has succeeded wherever he's gone (whether or not he survives as coach of the Caps).

Posted by: erniefive | December 22, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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