On exit interview day at Honda Center, less than 24 hours after former Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was relieved of his duties, some of the players reacted to his dismissal.
Boudreau compiled a regular season record of 208-104-40 with Anaheim and helped the franchise to the last four consecutive Pacific Division titles. Ryan Kesler
He’s a good man and he’s a good coach, obviously. I think losing that Game 7 was a nail in the coffin. It’s tough to see your coach fired, and I think the onus goes on us.
He was a coach who really cared about you as a player and a person. I think that’s rare to find nowadays. Every day, he’d ask you how your day was the day before. He’s a quality guy, and to see him fired sucks. At the end of the day, he was our leader and our coach, and he took the fall for us.
For whatever reason, he has that kind of record [1-7 in Game 7s], and I have no idea why. The last two Game 7s were completely different. With Nashville, we should have won. There is no doubt in my mind we should have won that game. We outplayed them, we outhit them, we outshot them. We were the better team that night. We just didn’t win. Ryan Getzlaf
The speculation has been there. Obviously with the first round exit, it was the tipping point for Bob and the organization, and they made the choice to move on.
I’ve only been part of one other coach getting fired, and I felt the same way in that situation. Coaches can only do so much. They can only put so much on the ice. They have a responsibility like everybody else, as do we. We have to absorb a lot of that. When you talk about playing and performing at the level we should have been this year, throughout the whole year. With the start we had, there are always different reasons for different things, but at the end of the day, the players have to be able to perform and do what we need to do. A lot of that falls on our shoulders on why he’s out the door. Corey Perry
It’s tough. He did a lot for this organization. He was a friend, you could talk to him at any point and time. The door was always open. He coached this team, and I can’t say enough about him. He did a lot for my game.
It’s tough when you know the reason somebody got fired is because we as a team and as individuals didn’t perform to where we needed to perform, and that’s the hardest thing. Andrew Cogliano
He gave me a very good opportunity. I thought my first year here wasn’t the way I planned, and when Bruce came in, his trust in me brought my career to another level. I’m very thankful for that.
When there’s disappointment, when there are high expectations, there is going to be change. You knew it was gonna be tough for Bruce to survive this.
I’ve been through coaching changes before. You don’t point at him, like Murph said. The players feel responsible, we feel bad. Bruce is a good guy, and he took the fall this time. Hampus Lindholm
I think everyone is accountable for it. The head coach is kind of the head of the snake, and I guess he’s the one who had to go. I have a lot to thank him for.
He played me a lot my first year and believed in me. He’s shown faith in me, and I have a lot to thank him for. When you have an organization that has a goal to win, if you don’t succeed, stuff’s going to happen.