Minnesota Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau Getting New Job?
Is Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau getting a new job?
Boudreau learned of his termination on Friday morning. The team will replace him on an interim basis with assistant Dean Evason.
General manager Bill Guerin informed Boudreau that he was out early in the day as the head coach prepared for his team’s looming morning practice.
Boudreau spent four years with Minnesota before his abrupt firing.
The move comes on the heels of Minnesota blowing a 3-1 third period advantage just one day earlier against the New York Rangers.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) February 14, 2020
Despite holding a lead late in the outing, the Wild would go on to lose 4-2 in a shootout.
Minnesota is 27-23-7 this year with 61 points – three less than what the team needs for the last postseason berth in the Western Conference.
As one of the winningest coaches in the sport’s history, Boudreau will likely bounce back and find another job reasonably soon.
Over the course of a 984 career games for Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota, Boudreau has recorded 567 wins, 302 defeats and 115 overtime defeats.
It appears the final one was the last straw for Wild owner Craig Leipold, who dispatched Guerin to do the deed on Friday.
With the Wild, Boudreau amassed a record of 158-110-35. Although he made the postseason in his first couple pf years with the organization, each time was punctuated by a defeat in the opening round of the playoffs.
Last year, the Wild indicated that things needed to change when they fired general manager Paul Fenton after just one season on the job.
Prior to coming to Minnesota, Boudreau made it to the posteason on four occasions with both Washington and Anaheim.
This was the final season of Boudreau’s deal anyway.
Evason, who will slide into Boudreau’s role temporarily, played for five different teams and amassed a record of 139 goals in 803 career games.
The 55-year-old previously served as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals for six years before being brought on as Boudreau’s top assistant.