In this week's edition of Bruce Bites, Wild.com's Dan Myers sits down with Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who answered Twitter questions and has a message for the fans in Anaheim:
Dan Myers: You've said in passing the last few days that one of the things you are most looking forward to during All-Star weekend will be chatting with some of the players on the 100 Greatest NHL Players list, expected to be announced before the game. Being the self proclaimed "hockey geek" you are, are there one or two guys that you would love to meet?
Bruce Boudreau: I don't think he's on the list, but Frank Pavlich, my hero growing up. He might be on the list, I don't know. But I would love to sit down and talk to him. I knew Gordie Howe a little bit, but it's unfortunate I won't get a chance to see him. I know Bobby Orr, and any time you get a chance to talk to him it's fantastic; what a great person he is. The Gretzkys of the world, I've been very fortunate and met a lot of these guys, but I know my son (Brady, 18) is almost a historian, he studies all of these guys. It would be really more exciting for him for the older guys from the 50s and 60s, he'd like to meet some of those guys if he does attend the game with us.
DM: We've talked about how coming off winning streaks, often times teams will start losing streaks. What do you think are the biggest challenges in righting the ship as quickly as possible and not allowing the losses to mount?
BB: The toughest part is usually you aren't playing very well at the end of a winning streak. You've gotta regroup, reset and depending on how much time you have to do that, it can be tougher than you think. Also, when you're in the middle of a streak, your adrenaline is up all the time, you're so tense all the time. Now you lost it, and all of the sudden, you're exhausted. And you get exhausted for a couple of days. So depending on when you play, that can be a big part of it. Look at Columbus. Once they lost, it was [by a score of] 5-0. And then they've got five against the next game after that. It was the same as us. We had four against a couple times after we lost. But I think we reset the button, I'm hoping, on Sunday in Anaheim.
DM: Several fans from Anaheim have reached out in recent days to express their disappointment that they weren't given the opportunity to welcome you back on Sunday. Is there anything you would like to say to them?
BB: I love the fans, the fans were great to me. I would have loved that, too. But it didn't happen, for whatever reason, [the Ducks] didn't want to do it. But I talked to a lot [of fans]. And there were a lot signs in the building thanking me. That means a tremendous amount to me. They'll always have a near and dear spot in my heart.
DM: We tossed out the call for a couple of Twitter questions this week. One was from Wild Nation on Twitter (@MNWild_Nation), who wanted to know: Would you ever be interested in writing another book?
BB: I would, but people would have to be dead before I'd write it because I'd be carving some people up pretty good.
DM: The next question comes from Alec (@WildStrong23), who wants to know: Over the course of your career, who has been the toughest team to beat?
BB: Well, before we we played the Sharks, I think my record was 3-13-1 in San Jose. I've always found them tough to play against. They are the No. 1 culprit. When I was in Washington, I don't think we won there once in my tenure and I think they went 15 or 20 years without winning a game there. That's the toughest team I've ever coached against.