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Ducks Players React to Coaching Change

Thursday, 12.01.2011 / 6:09 PM / News
Several players commented after practice yesterday to the move to replace head coach Randy Carlyle with Bruce Boudreau. The Ducks had their first practice under Boudreau this afternoon at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE.

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Selanne
Teemu Selanne

On hearing the news,
I was shocked. I didn't really see this coming. Obviously with the situation we were in, we expected something. But I honestly was shocked. It's a tough business sometimes and you don't want to see anybody traded or get fired. It was a tough night last night. What Randy and Dave and Mike and Joe have done for this organization is unbelievable. I'm so thankful to Randy that he gave me a chance to come back here after my knee surgery and made me believe I can play in this league still. Winning the Stanley Cup together, it's been a great road. I really felt sorry for those guys, having to pay the price for what we did on the ice. It was tough to hear, and I know they are very disappointed too in the situation.

But we have to move on. I want to thank those guys, what they have done, and obviously we welcome Bruce here and a new coaching staff and start a new era.

"I was shocked. I didn't really see this coming. Obviously with the situation we were in, we expected something. But I honestly was shocked. It's a tough business sometimes and you don't want to see anybody traded or get fired." - Teemu Selanne
On whether players had stopped listening to Carlyle,
Not really. Every time Randy was talking, everybody really paid attention. We have so much respect for him. I didn't feel there were any issues with guys not listening or trusting the system in place. That's why it was shocking to me that it happened. Obviously Bob was very patient with the team, and not making any big moves until now. We have to move on. Tomorrow is another game and we have to focus on that.

On today’s practice with Boudreau,
Everybody is excited and they want to make sure to make a good impression in front of the coach right away. A new coaching staff wants to make changes with our system, which is something we have to learn quickly. I don't think it's going to be so big that it's going to take a long time. We have to start focusing on tomorrow's game and not worry about anything else. We have a job to do.

On whether he talked to Randy,
I talked with Randy last night, and the other coaches. It was a tough night for them, especially because we were celebrating after that win, a little more than normal. But what can you do? Those are things you can't really control.  I think we tried everything and I know the coaching staff tried everything. That's why I was so disappointed we couldn't do better.

On players’ reaction,
You could tell they were shocked and didn't see this coming either. It's always a surprise when someone gets fired or traded, even when there are rumors. The way we have played lately, it's something no one can be proud of. I'm really disappointed we couldn't do better. It's too bad they had to pay the price for it.

But we start a new era now and move on.


Getzlaf
Ryan Getzlaf

It was a shock last night. I had a lot of mixed emotions. The fact that Randy had been here my whole career, I had been through a lot with him, as well as our other coaches. It’s one of those things that was unfortunate, but we have a new energy around the rink today, and hopefully we can continue that tomorrow.

It’s going to be a little bit of a transition. It’s a different voice delivering the message. Guys have got to get used to that, and make a few minor adjustments that Bruce is going to bring.

I’m new at this. I haven’t experienced a new coach before. We felt like we let Randy down a little bit. He put a lot into things and did a lot of different things well, and we just weren’t able to turn it around. Now it’s up to us to buy into the adjustments we have to make and get on the page.

On Bob Murray,
He made a pretty big decision in getting rid of one of his best friends and a great coach. It shows he believes in our group as well and we weren’t getting the results we wanted.

"I’m new at this. I haven’t experienced a new coach before. We felt like we let Randy down a little bit. He put a lot into things and did a lot of different things well, and we just weren’t able to turn it around. Now it’s up to us to buy into the adjustments we have to make and get on the page." - Ryan Getzlaf
On when he found out,
We found out last night right after Randy found out. We had a meeting with our leadership group. I spoke with Randy briefly on his way out last night,. Overall, we wanted to let him do his thing. I’m sure I”ll talk to him in the next couple of days.

He’s pretty broken up. Like anybody would expect, it’s a tough time for him and his family. He did a lot for our organization and we were honored to have him as a coach. We wish him nothing but the best.

You never want to see your coach, or anybody, get fired. He’s not the guy on the ice. We let him down a little bit. He did a lot of things well and a lot of things right the last few years. We just couldn’t turn it around. That’s the nature of this business. It’s results-based, and the same goes for players. If they’re not performing, they leave.

On today’s practice,
It was weird. For me, I’ve only had one coach at this level. It was like the first day of school again. You had to meet the new teacher, the new coach, and learn some new things. We’ve got to pick up some things quickly and run with this thing.


Ryan
Bobby Ryan

On whether he was stunned by the decision,
Yes and no. We were heading down a route where a chance needed to be made. You could speculate that it would either be a coaching change or a player trade. Yes, I was surprised, because we had just won and played probably our most complete game of the season. But that’s the nature of the game and sometimes things need to be moved around. It’s all about moving forward at this point.

Randy wasn’t the problem. Randy is a very methodical coach and he provided us with the Xs and Os. There was a lack of something in between those, getting it from him and executing. There was just an overall underachievement to the start of the year and unfortunately Randy had to take the axe for it. That’s the way sports goes. I’ve never played under any other coach. He’s all I’ve ever really come to know in the NHL. I’ll move forward and go to work.

Not to say Randy’s words were stale or falling on deaf ears. I think we were trying to play for him, but I just don’t think things were quite working out. Sometimes all it takes is a new spark.

"He told me that things were going to be settled down now, and hopefully this change is the right change. A lot of times players are left in the dark, and it’s tough. I appreciate Murph being honest with me and letting me know ahead of time, so I can come to the rink and focus on the right thing – wins for the Ducks." - Bobby Ryan
On whether the team is re-energized,
The win last night does a lot of that re-energizing. It’s refreshing to wake up and come to the rink this morning. Even under the circumstances, with a win, things always feel better. There’s that and Bruce came in and told the guys the direction of the team and what we need to do to move forward. I think guys are excited for that too.

On trade rumors,
You try and put things in the back of your mind as much as you can, and focus on the good, and not all the things that are coming with the slump we’ve had lately. It’s tough. It creeps into everything. For me, it’s nice to step away from it a little bit and get ready to play hockey under a new coach and hopefully turned this around.

On Murray telling him he’s off the trading block,
He told me that things were going to be settled down now, and hopefully this change is the right change. A lot of times players are left in the dark, and it’s tough. I appreciate Murph being honest with me and letting me know ahead of time, so I can come to the rink and focus on the right thing – wins for the Ducks.

It’s been a nightmare. But you do your best. You rely on teammates in some sense, but you don’t want to let it creep into their mind as well. I relied on friends in the area and people you can talk to . It seems like every time I turned on the TV or Twitter or whatever, it was out there. I tried to block as much of that as I could, but it’s there.

On coming to the rink today,
It was weird. You always know what you’re getting when you come to the rink, and you know the flow of how things are going to go. It’s a different feel driving to the rink today. There was a little nervousness about what kind of impression you’re going to make on our first day. It’s almost like a first date, but I think it went well.


Gordon
Andrew Gordon
(Played for Boudreau in Washington)

I think he’ll bring a fresh outlook on things. We were beating ourselves up a bit and having a new attitude come in and change things, even if it’s just small tweaks it gives us something new to look forward to and build forward on as opposed to looking back on our struggles. We can build things from the ground up all over again.

The last few games, our results haven’t been what we wanted, but our desire level has always been there. We want to in. no matter what people see out there on the ice, we’re trying hard. This won’t change our effort level, but it’s like training camp all over again. We all want to go out and impress the new coach now, and step up and impress the new guy. Our desire will stay the same, but maybe our attention to detail will be even finder.

"As long as we’re playing within the system, he wants to play offense. When he was a player, he scored beyond belief, so he knows what it’s like to be an offensive guy and want to play to your style. All the coaches are going to come together and let our big guns play offense. When you’re one of those guys expected to score, that’s a green light, and that’s good news." - Andrew Gordon
On what kind of coach Boudreau is,
He likes to play a lot of offense. I was just trying to explain this to a couple of the guys. In the defensive zone, you want to play tight coverage and give up as few opportunities as possible. He wants us to play with the puck and he wants us to go up and down and be creative, support the puck and play offense. We have a lot of guys with a lot of talent on this team and that is going to fit well. Once we grasp these systems, there a little tougher to get than the ones out there where you just back upo and try not to make mistakes. He wants to push the pace a little bit, so once we grasp this, it’s going to be good and generate some offense for us.

On Boudreau’s offensive system,

He wants you to support the puck as opposed to pushing it down there and dumping it in. He’s going to allow someone like Bobby to make a move and beat a guy one-on-one. As long as we’re playing within the system, he wants to play offense. When he was a player, he scored beyond belief, so he knows what it’s like to be an offensive guy and want to play to your style. All the coaches are going to come together and let our big guns play offense. When you’re one of those guys expected to score, that’s a green light, and that’s good news.


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