Boudreau gets contract extension; now it’s time to deliver

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Bruce Boudreau has some additional financial security heading into the 2014-15 season. The Anaheim Ducks have extended his contract two years, guaranteeing the head coach a paycheck through 2016-17.

“Bruce has done a very good job over the last several years, and deserves the opportunity to take this team deep into the playoffs,” said Ducks GM Bob Murray in a statement. “We’re happy to have this contract complete before training camp, so our complete focus can be on winning hockey games.”

Boudreau is an impressive 312-143-62 as an NHL coach. The former Capitals bench boss, hired by Anaheim after being fired by Washington in 2011, said in a statement that he is “determined not only to win, but to do it here, for this organization that has treated me so well. I can’t wait for training camp to get started.”

Now the pressure’s on Boudreau to deliver. With an extended contract, plus the addition of center Ryan Kesler, the Ducks head into the season with Stanley Cup aspirations, but also with just two playoff series victories since winning it all in 2007.