"What have you done for me lately?"—A question that too often is the measuring stick by which the sports world determines the effectiveness of its managers, coaches and players.
Hockey is no exception.
Managers or coaches can have a team in the playoffs year after year only to see one bad season cost them their credibility and eventually their paychecks. Accomplishments are quickly forgotten and they are gone before they even have time to correct their mistakes.
This year Bruce Boudreau has been both the victim and the beneficiary of this mentality. He saw his head coaching tenure with the Washington Capitals terminated only to be hired by the Anaheim Ducks a few days later.
What the Ducks organization did was perhaps an effort to stem the tide of trade rumors that surrounded their star players. Since conventional wisdom dictates that you must try a coaching change before a drastic player move, the firing of Randy Carlyle seemed imminent. With Bruce Boudreau immediately available and interested in continuing to coach, he was an easy first pick.
Now begins his evaluation.
Is he actually a "new voice" and an improvement, or is he just a knee-jerk decision that leaves Anaheim in the same situation they were in under Carlyle -- or worse?
Here are five reasons why Boudreau should not be the coach of the Anaheim Ducks next season.