DETROIT -- David Steckel’s history with Bruce Boudreau goes well beyond their time together in Washington, winding all the way back to tours of duty in Manchester, N.H., and Hershey, Pa.
Steckel, who was a first-round draft pick of the Kings in 2001, was reunited with his old coach in Anaheim when the Ducks acquired the faceoff specialist from the Toronto Maple Leafs in March in exchange for a minor-league player and a future draft pick.
Boudreau long has been the quintessential communicator with his players, and remains so. But Steckel said he has noticed some subtle differences since rejoining Boudreau almost two months ago.
“He’s still the same Bruce,” Steckel...