First of all, I want to thank Randy [Carlyle] for six-plus years of outstanding work. We won the Stanley Cup and made the playoffs five out of six years. He’s a terrific coach and will be a terrific coach again. This has been a real rough three days for me, just because of what I think of Randy. It was tough. We’ve been through funks before with this group and we were in one. After watching the way we played on Friday and Sunday, I decided that it was time for a new voice. It doesn’t mean that the guy has become a bad coach or a bad person. It was just time for this group to have a new voice in the locker room. It was time to move forward. We’re all accountable. Everybody in hockey ops is accountable for this. At this time, we felt it was time to make a move. I still believe strongly in the group. When I told ownership, Henry, Susan and Mike about this on Monday morning, I said ‘I think it’s time to look around.’ It’s the way this went down. We have a lot of work to do and a hill to climb. There is adversity to face now. This group has faced adversity before and we’re going to do it again. It just so happened that Monday another gentleman got let go. I moved forward with that quickly. Bruce has another great coaching resume. He has won the Jack Adams Award, is the fastest guy to 200 wins, won a Presidents’ Trophy and is a good coach. I moved on that as quickly as possible. I truly believe this group can do it. If I didn’t believe they could do it, I would have gone a totally different direction, blown things up and started all over. But I don’t believe in that. I think we have a good chance. I think we have the gentleman right here who can lead us in that direction. The contract is for two years, a straight two years. On how Caryle took the news
I think he’s very sad. As I said, he did a terrific job here. Unfortunately, this is part of our business. When you’ve been with a team for awhile, it happens. It’s not his fault. It seems to be happening more and more with these teams that have won championships. Guys don’t last after. They go for awhile and it just happens.
"After watching the way we played on Friday and Sunday, I decided that it was time for a new voice. It doesn’t mean that the guy has become a bad coach or a bad person. It was just time for this group to have a new voice in the locker room. It was time to move forward." - Bob MurrayOn why the slow start this season was different,
That is exactly what led me to the decision that it was time. We had done this before, but it was just the way we were losing, the body language and how we were losing. It hadn’t been there before. I just didn’t think they believed in themselves anymore. I had never seen that before in the six years we’ve been here.On if other options would have been considered if Boudreau had not become available,
I had talked to ownership and told them that I was going to start looking and trying to find something. I don’t know when it would have. I was looking for a new voice.On his feeling during last night’s game,
We needed the two points. I’m a patient person with lots of things and it took a long time to get to this point. But once I make my mind up on things, I’m going that direction.On his familiarity with Boudreau
We crossed paths years ago in Chicago. I was an old guy and he was a young guy coming in, so I got to pick on him. It started then. I followed his career. He was a talented player. He was successful, a goal-scorer and an offensive player. Then, I watched his coaching career and he has been successful everywhere he went. You always pay attention to guys you know and how they do. We’ve crossed paths a few times. There hasn’t been a lot of communication, but there has been a little bit. There has always been respect there.On concerns Boudreau might get picked up by another team,
Once he was let go, I called George (McPhee) immediately. When I talked to Bruce, I wanted to sense in his voice if he was ready to go right back at it or not. That was important to me. I moved fairly quickly.On filling out the rest of the coaching staff,
We have some things in the fire that may happen fairly quickly.On trade discussions
When you are struggling in a funk like we were, you get lots of phone calls. You always get phone calls. Sometimes you listen and sometimes you don’t. I’m not going to lie, I was listening. But don’t think for one second, the calls were just on Bobby. That was a popular one. But don’t think it was just him. I’m hoping everything settles down right now. I think it will. If you are ever offered something that makes your organization better, I don’t care who the player is, if it makes your team better, you better look at it. We have had a couple of big injuries here. We have 10 million bucks sitting in the press box and not coming back for awhile. Well George (Parros) is, but the other two aren’t for awhile. Trying to fill holes right now is really hard. You have some constraints, so it’s tough. If you can ever fill a couple of holes to get you through things, you are going to try to do it. Obviously, I haven’t been successful at any of those things so far this year.Bruce Boudreau
It’s actually great to be here. It’s been a wild here for me the last week as well. If I didn’t believe that this was a team that had the possibilities and the makings of something special, I think I would have sat at home and waited. But I don’t think opportunities like this come around every day, with the talent that we have here. I talked to my wife about it and I said ‘I think we should jump at this. I know it’s only been a day basically since I got let go.’ But it was something I thought was a chance that I wouldn’t get again. I jumped at it and got in the plane yesterday. Then, here I am. It’s a new start and I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to play. Let’s get going. On specific areas of improvement,
Salvaging the season is winning regularly. Every team has its warts. It’s a question of making fewer mistakes than other teams. I know this is very basic, but I never really got a chance to see Anaheim play as often as I would like to, being in the Eastern time zone and in the Eastern Conference. We didn’t pay that much attention to them. I do know a few of their players and that they have some great players. They have players in really prominent positions that need to be to be a good team. Not taking anything away from Randy, if we do it together, we should hopefully make strides every night and every day. It’s going to take time, but I think it can be done within the next four months.On similar circumstances here to when he took over with the Capitals,
I think the biggest thing I tried to instill in the Capitals when I took over was confidence. They were beaten down a little bit. They had lost for many years and didn’t believe in themselves. This is a totally different story in that respect. They haven’t lost. They have been a really good team. They’ve just sort of lost their way a little bit. I told them this morning that I believe in them. I think they are a really good team. I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t believe that they have a really good shot at doing a lot of good things this year. I want them to believe in themselves. If they do, then good things can happen.
"It’s actually great to be here. It’s been a wild here for me the last week as well. If I didn’t believe that this was a team that had the possibilities and the makings of something special, I think I would have sat at home and waited. But I don’t think opportunities like this come around every day, with the talent that we have here." - Bruce BoudreauOn his reputation for generating offense,
I like to walk before I can run a little bit. It doesn’t really matter if you win 8-7 or 2-1, I just want to win. If you know me, losing grates on me quite a lot. It’s assessing where your strengths are and work to your strengths.On his final conversations with Washington GM George McPhee,
I told George that I had tried everything that I knew with this group right now and it wasn’t working right now. It didn’t mean that it wouldn’t work a week from now. It just didn’t work right then for those two games I was talking about, the Buffalo and Winnipeg games. That hadn’t happened in the previous four-plus years that I was there. It was more of a surprise for me that it hadn’t worked. I was sort of taken aback a little bit by it and I told George that.On the difficulties of introducing a new system mid-season,
I just do what I do. I can’t say we’re not doing this. Randy is a great coach, a good teammate, good friend, all of those things. But I just have to do what I’ve done, what I’ve been used to and what I’ve done that has been successful. Those are the things that I know. You integrate those things. We did a couple of things today. There is no right system or wrong system. Coaches have faith in what they’ve done and what has been successful for them. What I was doing today might be different from what Randy did, but at the same time they were both successful. We’ll see whether if it was better for the group what I’m showing or whether it isn’t. We’ll adjust accordingly. I haven’t been with them, but one practice. We’ll see their strengths and weaknesses. I can’t go on and do things that aren’t me. I just have to be me and see how that works.On the team’s mood when he met them this morning,
Like all teams when there is a change, they are waiting to see how it affects them. It’s hard to tell. They listened really well I thought. It looked like when they went on the ice, that they had some jump. But I don’t know them individually well enough to know if that was the norm or if it was a different thing for them. Time will tell. For me, I thought it was okay.
"I want them to be very positive. I want to be aggressive. I want them to play the way they are capable of playing, with energy and thinking they are going to be successful the way they should be. This was a team before the season started, if you read a lot of the clippings, which they said would really contend for the Pacific Division crown. I think they are very capable of doing it. I want them to believe in themselves. That is the message for today is believe in themselves." - Bruce BoudreauOn what his plans were initially after being let go in Washington,
I was looking for something to do. It is always important, for me any way, to get out. I can’t lie around and not do anything. I was going to start watching games somewhere. At that time, I was making plans to go to Toronto and do some work with TSN or something. But this was much better.On the places he has coached,
Well, Manchester was the furthest from here I would think. Boy, I have been everywhere. Just in distance-wise, Manchester was the furthest. When you are coaching in Muskegon, Michigan or Biloxi, Mississippi, you really aren’t looking far enough ahead to think you are going to be coaching in Anaheim or Washington. I’ve been lucky.On beginning November against the Ducks and ending the month as their head coach,
If you could have a crystal ball, this wouldn’t have been something that I thought was going to happen.On his past with Randy Carlyle,
We played in Dallas and Toronto together. No, (we haven’t talked). It’s too early.On filling out the rest of his coaching staff,
I think we’ll talk to Bob when this is done and see where it goes.
On preventing the players from tuning him out here,
If I knew how to prevent it, I wouldn’t let it happen. I just hope it doesn’t happen. I hope they buy into the message and that we just surge from here.On his message that he wants the team to buy into,
I want them to be very positive. I want to be aggressive. I want them to play the way they are capable of playing, with energy and thinking they are going to be successful the way they should be. This was a team before the season started, if you read a lot of the clippings, which they said would really contend for the Pacific Division crown. I think they are very capable of doing it. I want them to believe in themselves. That is the message for today is believe in themselves.On playing Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan together,
I believe the first shift tomorrow they will be. Beyond that, we’ll have to see how they do.On his dealings with Ovechkin and Semin,
I think a lot of that was blown out. I got along really well with both of those guys. I’ve said that for the last week, that there was never a problem with either one of them. But we all tend to want to make something out of nothing and we did. There really is no story there.