During my post on the 10 reasons why Adam Oates was the perfect hire for the Washington Capitals, I made a reference to the Hall of Famer’s demeanor — specifically in contrast to former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau.
For those who missed it, here’s what I said:
How many times did cameras capture former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau looking as if he was on the verge of an aneurysm? While Gabby was beloved in this town for wearing his heart on his sleeve on a nightly basis, the message eventually wore thin because standing on the bench and blowing a gasket can only work so often. And sure, it was highly amusing watching Boudreau’s obscenity-laced locker room tirades on HBO, but those types of things are a lot less enjoyable when you’re on the receiving end of one of them.
I spent seven and a half years in the U.S. Army and had no problem with a drill sergeant putting me in check, if need be. But not everyone responds to that type of “motivation.”
Well, since the Capitals don’t drop the puck against the New York Rangers until Thursday night, I figured I’d help pass the time by digging up a clip of that highly-amusing locker room tirade.
So, as long as you’re not someone who is easily offended by adult language, then please feel free to take a stroll down memory lane with Boudreau and then we can all cross our fingers and hope that the Caps players can get their ass out of their head.