Let me translate this...a few players contacted me that they were annoyed Bruce was playing the 3rd and 4th line last night because even though their line hadn't done a damn thing all game they thought they should be playing. Those players may have recieved power play time...and threw it away with sloppy passes and mishandles of the puck...but they feel Bruce should've spent more time working on the power play said a player who wished to remain anonymous.
The two players
Nah, Boudreau was making a pretty crappy Wild team into a club that was probably closer to the playoffs than it should've been considering how terrible their goaltending has been. He wasn't the problem, but as per usual, the vets can't own their mistakes so the coach gets the axe, again.
Its just scapegoating...plain and simple. Vets don't want to be second fiddle and too much praise was being pushed on the younger players like Fiala, Eriksson Ek, Greenway...and true leader Folig
I don't disagree with anything you said there, and you and most on this thread know much more about the Wild --and Bruce's tenure -- than I would dare pretend to.
But I'll stick with my "most overrated" statement because it precedes his Wild days. I really thought he and the Wild were a bad move both for club and for him. Just not a good match at all--a lot of that for the reasons you state. More from his POV than even from the Wild. The situation in Minnesota is not Bruce's fa
I don't discredit your claim on Bruce either. I just know seeing the core for so many years that honestly Bruce was able to get something a whole lot more out of them for years and we are seeing what the team really should have looked all those years.
I honestly think Bruce would be a good coach to start a team on the right path. I do agree I don't know if he could get them over the hump. But I honestly can't look at Bruce in Washington and say he could or couldn't have won a cup there with
From the article about Boudreau's firing:
And, from a hockey perspective, it just felt to him that Guerin had been distant with him lately and not including him in hockey decisions. Guerin was also starting to voice his displeasure after losses with some of Boudreau’s deployment of players and lineup decisions and Boudreau said “it’s quite possible” the decreased ice time amidst the development of players like Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek, Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway were rubbing