Patrick Roy

Wait, there’s more: Roy calls out ‘classless’ Boudreau for lying

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Oh, this is getting good.

Shortly after getting fined $10,000 for Wednesday night’s heated altercation with Bruce Boudreau, Patrick Roy fired back at the Ducks head coach, accusing him of lying.

“What Boudreau said was all lies,” Roy told the Denver Post, in response to Boudreau’s accusations Roy was yelling at Anaheim’s players. “I don’t talk to players, I respect all the players.

“I’m certainly not going to get too involved in this one, but when you talk about classless — when you’re lying, this is classless.”

Following the game — a 6-1 Colorado victory — Boudreau told reporters Roy was chirping various Ducks players, and video replays showed him getting in an altercation with Corey Perry.

“I didn’t expect that,” Boudreau said. “It’s not our job to go back and forth with their players. All of a sudden, I told him, ‘That’s bull, that’s bush league,’ and he did what he did.

“(He’s) going to be in for a long year, if he’s going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It’s not the way the game is played.”

Here’s the video so you can watch again, and again, and again…

In case you’re wondering, it does appear Roy has caught the attention of other NHL coaches as well. Here’s what Barry Trotz had to say to The Tennessean:

“I can tell you this, there’s no room for coaches yelling at opposition players in this league. That’s not professional and it shouldn’t be tolerated. I’d hate to see (St. Louis Rams coach) Jeff Fisher, who is a friend of mine, yapping at some football player, and he comes over and whacks him.

“There’s no place for that in the game, and I don’t think it should be tolerated at all. If you want to be professional, we’re the best league in the world, we’re the classiest league in the world, and we should act that way.”

Video: Bruce Boudreau calls Patrick Roy’s actions ‘bush league’

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Hey everyone, Patrick Roy is back in the National Hockey League.

The new head coach of the Colorado Avalanche declared his presence Wednesday night, thanks to a confrontation at the benches with Anaheim Ducks bench boss Bruce Boudreau at the end of the game.

The video below shows Roy, former Avalanche goalie and one of the greatest puck stoppers of all time, yelling and pointing at a player on the ice, before his attention turns to Boudreau.

Roy, who collected his first career win as an NHL head coach, bashed the glass with two hard shoves, as a melee at the bench ensued.

“A coach has no right to start yapping at players. I told him it’s bush league,” Boudreau said after the game, according to the Ducks official Twitter account.

Avalanche-Ducks: Patrick Roy has words for Bruce Boudreau, Twitter erupts

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Twitter erupted Wednesday night at the conclusion of the Colorado Avalanche victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

The digital uproar was the result of a heated conversation – perhaps being a bit diplomatic about it – between Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau at the end of the game. Oh yeah, the Avalanche won by a score of 6-1.

The photo of the two coaches jawing between the benches was a screen grab, posted on Twitter by TSN’s Kate Beirness.

Boudreau rips Ducks after blowout loss to L.A.

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Anaheim was blasted 6-0 by in-state rivals Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and head coach Bruce Boudreau was none too pleased by it.

“We were bad from the goaltender out,” Boudreau told the O.C. Register (paywall) following the game. “I gave them crap about their lack of compete.”

The loss, in which the Ducks were out-scored, out-shot and generally outworked, was only their second game of the preseason following a 6-2 win over Phoenix on Monday.

While some might see the L.A. loss as a blip on the radar, Boudreau pointed to an overall lack of work ethic — dating back to the start of training camp — as the culprit.

“We’ve had some guys that haven’t worked hard in training camp,” Boudreau explained. “They got to get back to the grindstone and start working.”

What’s more, the Ducks had a number of key players in the lineup: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri, Mark Fistric, Nick Bonino and Ben Lovejoy.

Penner said it was a pretty disappointing effort overall.

“They played fairly well and we played fairly poor,” he said. “Obviously it’s preseason. It’s a lot of guys first games.

“That being said, it’s not an excuse.”

Is Bruce Boudreau an elite NHL coach?

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When you look at Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, it’s tough not to grin.

Unfortunately, his expressive, amusing personality might obscure the fact that he’s put together an impressive run in his still fairly brief NHL coaching career. Considering the Ducks’ surprising run to the 2013 Pacific Division title and his track record of success – at least in the regular season – one must ask: is he one of the league’s best bench bosses?

A good barometer

The 2013-14 season could be a great test for that question, for one thing. Despite coming into what is technically his third campaign with Anaheim, it will mark a few firsts. It will be his first chance to coach the team for a full 82 games. Considering the lockout and taking over the team in the middle of the 2011-12 season, this will mark Boudreau’s first chance to run a traditional training camp.

With Bobby Ryan traded out of town and Teemu Selanne mulling over retirement, he might inherit a weaker roster.

It’s also well-documented that many stats bloggers believed that the Ducks’ 2013 successes was fluky.

Impressive results mixed with postseason disappointments

Even so, it’s tough to deny that success has followed Boudreau around.

In 435 games coached between the Ducks and Washington Capitals, Boudreau has compiled a 258-123-54 record and five division titles. Hockey reference places his points percentage at .655, which ranks just behind Dan Bylsma (.671) while besting a varied group of coaches that include Mike Babcock (.635), Ken Hitchcock (.596) and 2013 Jack Adams winner Paul MacLean (.566).

Again, he’s still relatively new to the gig compared to guys like Babcock and Hitchcock, but it’s worth noting that he’s had such a distinguished start.

Naturally, many focus on the way he finishes, instead. Despite those five division title runs, Boudreau’s teams haven’t gotten to a conference final series yet.

For many, the ice-cream loving coach won’t be named among the best until he wins bigger games.

Who knows when – or if – he’ll make a deep playoff run, but one thing seems certain: it’ll be fun to watch him try.