Every housewife in America with a retired husband can sympathize with what Crystal Boudreau has been going through.
``I walk around and she can be working at her computer, and I'm looking over her shoulder,'' Anaheim Ducks coach and former Komet Bruce Boudreau said. `` `Who are you texting? What's going on?' We have our routine. It's strange. She's used to being alone during the day and has her stuff to do. I'm used to not being home because sometimes you only get Sundays off and that it.''
As he waits for the NHL lockout to end, Boudreau is bored. He's always been addicted to hockey, either playing, coaching or watching it on TV. A couple weeks ago he begged the Ducks to send him on an East Coast scouting trip to check out their American Hockey League prospects in Norfolk. After seven days, he reluctantly came home.
Other than that, he doesn't have any hobbies or projects that need done. Because the Boudreaus just moved to Anaheim this summer, the house doesn't need any work, either.
``I don't want to be retired,'' the 57-year-old said. ``Sitting around the house doesn't seem like it would be a lot of fun.''
Right now, his workday consists of going to the Ducks' offices, watching a game from last year to track trends.
``Then we watch `The Price is Right,' go out for lunch and go home,'' he said. ``There's just not much to do. You can only go over practice plans so often. We all want to work. There's not a hockey guy alive who doesn't want to work, because that's what we've done our whole lives.''
One of minor league hockey's all-time greatest scorers, Boudreau played for the Komets from 1990 to 1992 and coached them 1993-1994. Despite being an NHL head coach, he doesn't know anything more than anyone about the status of talks to end the lockout.
Besides playing golf, one thing he's been able to do more of than ever during the lockout is watch his son Brady play hockey. Brady, to Boudreau's shame, is a 14-year-old goaltender.
``Believe me, I don't know how that happened,'' Boudreau said. ``I never realized how hard it is to watch a game if you are a goalie's dad. You are so nervous all the time. He loves it and they play a lot out here, so it's all good.''
Along with watching Brady's games, the Boudreaus have had lots of time to watch movies. He's also been watching a lot of football but realizes that season will end soon.
``I've already had enough vacation,'' he said. ``We've been off for seven months. It was great to get out on the road and watch some games.''
As for whether he'll get to come to Fort Wayne to check out some more Ducks prospects, Boudreau said there's a budget meeting in Anaheim next week, and he's hoping the Ducks allow him to get out on the road some more.
Crystal may be willing to donate toward that.