Bruce Boudreau

Ducks coach Boudreau fastest in modern era to 300 wins


Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau joined lofty company in the annals of coaching last night.

When the Ducks knocked off the St. Louis Blues, Boudreau earned his 300th career coaching win. By getting it in his 496th career game, he became the first coach in the modern era to do so before reaching 500 games.

The previous record holder? Hockey Hall of Famer Toe Blake who won his 300th game in his 525th game. Boudreau was also the fastest to 200 wins, but he was fired after losing his next game.

Things are likely going to turn out better this time around for Boudreau, but he was rather humble about his accomplishment last night.

Boudreau has more wins ahead of him as the Ducks are atop the Western Conference and hold a seven point lead on the Sharks in the Pacific Division.

Report: Kings, Richards nearing settlement

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The Los Angeles Kings and Mike Richards may be nearing a settlement in their dispute over Richards’ terminated contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting.

You can read the report for all the details, but we’re sure curious about this part:

If a settlement is reached, there’s no word yet on what salary cap penalties the Kings would still face. There’s bound to be something, but not likely as onerous as the full value of Richards’ contract, which carries with it a cap hit of $5.75 million. If there’s a settlement, Richards would undoubtedly become a free agent though there’s no telling at this point what monies he would be entitled to from the Kings in a settlement.

The issue here is precedent, and what this case could set. The NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door, and many are adamant that that’s what the Kings were attempting to do in Richards’ case.

Bettman to players: Don’t screw up ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ with drugs

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The NHL wants to take an educational approach — not a punitive one — to deter its players from using illicit drugs like cocaine.

“My interest is not to go around punishing people,” Bettman told Sportsnet today.

“My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they’ve been given, to play in the NHL.”

While some players have expressed surprise at hearing that cocaine use is growing, the anecdotal evidence of substance abuse has been very much in the news, from Jarret Stoll‘s arrest to Mike Richards’ arrest to, more recently, Zack Kassian‘s placement in the NHL/NHLPA’s treatment program.

“We don’t have the unilateral right to do things here. We need the consent of the Players’ Association,” Bettman said. “It’s not about punishment. It’s about making sure we get it to stop.”

Related: Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?