Boudreau wants Wild to play ‘fast and physical’

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Now that he’s been hired, the real work begins all over again for Bruce Boudreau.

On Saturday, Boudreau agreed to terms to become the newest head coach of the Minnesota Wild, a move that quickly took one of the most sought after available bench bosses off the market. He goes from the Anaheim Ducks, a Stanley Cup contender when the post-season began only to have their playoffs end in disappointment, to a Wild team that also lost in the opening round.

“We want to play fast. We want to be physical. But I told (GM Chuck Fletcher) the style will depend on the type of team. … I will adjust to what the personnel is and we’ll find a way to make that work,” Boudreau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“In a perfect world, let’s score five goals every night. But when that doesn’t work, you better be able to defend.”

Boudreau taking the Wild’s coaching job wasn’t the only big news to come out of that franchise over the weekend.

Zach Parise, who didn’t play for the Wild in the playoffs due to a herniated disc in his back, will not undergo surgery. He was hopeful, at least in late-April, that he’d be ready for training camp.

“We decided not to do the surgery, and the doctors said that with how well I’ve been progressing — at the beginning they said that they would do it and after a while they said that the progress was going so well that they didn’t think I would need it anymore. That was a good sign,” Parise told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Wild agree to make Bruce Boudreau next head coach (Updated)

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Bruce Boudreau is set to become the new head coach of the Minnesota Wild, eliminating one of the available (and coveted) coaching candidates on the open market this off-season.

The Wild just announced they had agreed to terms with Boudreau to become the club’s next head coach. The news comes soon after reports surfaced Saturday that Minnesota had made a big push to land Boudreau after he interviewed with the Ottawa Senators.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune provided the detail of contract term just before the Wild made the announcement.

Updated:

Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray, who fired Boudreau after a first-round loss to Nashville, released a statement shortly after the Wild made the announcement.

“On behalf of the club, congratulations to Bruce and the Minnesota Wild,” said Murray, as per the L.A. Times. “Although coaching changes are extremely difficult, we felt that Bruce would be back behind the bench quickly. Everyone in the organization is very pleased he’s getting another deserved opportunity.”

Report: Wild making a big push to land Boudreau as next head coach (Updated)

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 25:  Head coach Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks speaks to the media after a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 25, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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It seems the competition for Bruce Boudreau’s coaching services has really heated up these last few days.

The Minnesota Wild have, according to reports, made a big push to land Boudreau, who was fired from the Anaheim Ducks after losing in the opening round to Nashville last week. He was scheduled to interview with the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Before the former Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals coach even left Canada’s capital city on Saturday after interviewing for the Sens’ job the day before, it’s believed the Wild extended a long-term contract offer.

General Manager Chuck Fletcher would only say Saturday that the “process is ongoing” and he doesn’t want to speculate further. Other sources, however, were optimistic Boudreau was enticed by the Wild offer, although one warned nothing was final. Boudreau had a flight scheduled back to California from Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

Update:

The report from the Tribune also states that Minnesota’s interim coach John Torchetti, who took over after Mike Yeo was fired, interviewed for the Wild coaching job on Monday.

As for Boudreau, it became evident right away that he wanted to quickly return to coaching in the NHL after he was dismissed in Anaheim. And it seems imminent a new deal is on the way.

 

 

One of the two? Sens will interview Boudreau on Friday

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Ottawa’s search for a new head coach is moving along quickly.

Just one day after owner Eugene Melnyk said the Sens would be down to a two-person shortlist by Friday, the Ottawa Sun reported that Bruce Boudreau would interview for the bench boss gig tomorrow.

Tomorrow… which is Friday.

Boudreau’s the latest in a long line of coaching prospects brought in GM Pierre Dorion. Others include Mike Yeo, Marc Crawford, Guy Boucher, Randy Carlyle and Kevin Dineen.

Boudreau, fired by the Ducks last week, is in hot demand. Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater reported Calgary has already made an offer, and it’s believed the Minnesota Wild have also reached out, though GM Chuck Fletcher remains unclear what he plans to do with interim bench boss John Torchetti.

As for the Senators, there could be one more coach in the running to crack said shortlist:

Bob Hartley.

Dismissed by Calgary earlier this week, Hartley is seen as a good fit for the Sens gig. He speaks French, which is a bonus for a bi-lingual city like Ottawa, and has ties to player development coach Shean Donovan (Hartley coached Donovan in both Colorado and Atlanta)

Hartley’s also liked by former GM and current special advisor Bryan Murray, who nearly hired Hartley back in 2008 — but instead opted for Craig Hartsburg.

From the Globe:

[Murray] narrowed his search to Hartsburg, former Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup championship coach Bob Hartley and highly regarded junior coach Peter DeBoer of the Kitchener Rangers. DeBoer beat Hartsburg in the OHL Western Conference final this season, 4-1. They emerged as the two finalists for the job.

Both met earlier this week with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who said he wanted to become familiar with both as well as “have a couple of beers and pizza.” The final decision was up to Murray, and Hartsburg became the man.

“I was impressed with all of them,” Murray said. “[Hartley’s]presentation was excellent and I can see why he’s had success.

Other candidates believed to be in the running for the Ottawa job are Kings assistant John Stevens, and Blues assistant Brad Shaw.

Boudreau wants a new job right away, and it sure looks like he’ll get one

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Bruce Boudreau doesn’t like being unemployed.

“I’ve always worked,” Boudreau said this week, per the O.C. Register. “Since I was 17 years old, there was never a time I never had a job. In the hockey jobs when I’ve gotten fired, I’ve tried to get back into work right away.”

You don’t say.

Back in 2011, Boudreau was out of a job for 48 hours when — after getting fired by the Caps on a Monday — Anaheim hired him that Wednesday.

Now he’s looking at a similar situation.

Last Friday, Boudreau was fired after Anaheim’s disappointing opening-round playoff exit to Nashville.

Today, the Ottawa Sun reported the Senators have officially received permission to speak with Boudreau about their vacant head coaching gig.

Oh, and guess what else happened today? Calgary fired Bob Hartley, just one year after Hartley captured the Jack Adams as NHL coach of the year.

Almost immediately, Boudreau was floated as a potential replacement in Calgary — or, depending how you look at it, part of the reason GM Brad Treliving decided to turf Hartley.

There’s another team believed to be interested in Boudreau’s services as well — Minnesota.

Sportsnet reported that Wild GM Chuck Fletcher reached out to Anaheim about interviewing Boudreau. But the Minnesota situation seems to be on hold, until all discussions have wrapped with interim bench boss John Torchetti.

There’s little surprise teams are clamoring to get Boudreau on board.

Playoff failures aside, his resume is stacked. He won eight division titles in nine years with Washington and Anaheim, boasts a 409-192-80 career record, and won the 2008 Jack Adams Award.

In firing Boudreau, Ducks GM Bob Murray lauded him as a “good coach” and “very passionate hockey guy.” Boudreau’s also earned the reputation as a player’s coach, largely because of his communication skills — he comes by that “Gabby” nickname honestly — and open door policy.

“He was a friend, you could talk to him at any point and time,” Corey Perry said following Boudreau’s dismissal, per the Ducks website. “The door was always open. He coached this team, and I can’t say enough about him.

“He did a lot for my game.”

So yeah, all signs certainly point to Boudreau being back behind a bench next year.

Unless he’s not.

The coaching world is fluid, and constantly changing. Ottawa’s got a lengthy list of candidates aside from Boudreau, Minnesota could easily stick with Torchetti and, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Calgary’s decision to turf Hartley wasn’t about who’s available, but rather about getting a new voice behind the bench.

So it’s probably too early to say what the Flames want to do next.

Boudreau, though, knows exactly what he wants to do next.

“I love the game,” Boudreau said. “I love the people involved in the game. There’s no place I’d rather be than a hockey arena.

“I just know that’s me.”