Ryan Kesler has offered his take on what the Anaheim Ducks need in a new coach.
In doing so, it certainly sounds like the veteran forward also had some criticisms of former Ducks bench boss Bruce Boudreau, and his in-game adjustments or the lack of.
“We just need a good bench coach, a coach that does things on the fly and makes changes during the game and not just between periods,” Kesler told The Province newspaper in Vancouver. “We need a coach that holds everybody accountable — not just certain guys. We need a coach to come in and just be a good motivator and do what a coach does.
“The biggest thing is we need a good bench coach for strategies. But it’s not my job to pick a coach because there are a lot of good ones out there.”
Boudreau lost his job after the Ducks were eliminated in the first round of these playoffs, marking another post-season disappointment for the franchise. His time on the open market was brief, as the Minnesota Wild hired him eight days later.
Meanwhile, the Ducks are still searching for his replacement.
It was previously reported that the Ducks had interest in Travis Green, who coaches the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.