Bruce Boudreau continues to take the high road.
The Anaheim Ducks head coach again addressed the criticism he was dealt in Teemu Selanne’s autobiography Tuesday when he appeared on Hockey Central @ Noon, saying he wishes to end discussion of the topic.
“I’ve had many conversations with Teemu [since the book was released],” Boudreau said. “I think we’re fine.”
Selanne blasted his former coach in his book, released September in Finland. The 44-year-old forward ripped Boudreau for not playing him enough and wrote that had he had another coach, he still might be playing.
Selanne retired last spring following a 21-season NHL career. He scored two goals and added four assists in 12 games during the Ducks’ 2014 playoff run, which was ended by the L.A. Kings in a seven-game Western Conference semifinal.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf came to the defence of Boudreau over the matter since Selanne’s comments caused a stir.
“He was captain when I got here and he really was trying hard,” Boudreau said of Getzlaf, who already has five points in the Ducks’ first three games. “He knows now that this is his team. He’s very in control of the room and we have a good relationship. And he plays every night like it’s a (Stanley) Cup game. So, he’s turned into one of the best players in the league if he wasn’t already one.”
Boudreau told the show Tuesday that Selanne called him after the book was released in Finland and translated passages that were published in North America.
“I think a lot of what he said [in the book] was in frustration to losing in Game 7. He didn’t play as much as he’d done the whole year. So I can understand it,” Boudreau said. “He is the icon of Southern California hockey and one of the greatest names in this game, so… I’ll never say a bad word about him because he’s never not nice to me to my face. So I hope it’s over, and let’s let it be over at that.”