The Vancouver Canucks are actually unhealthy this season. Sporting a 17-22-3 document, Vancouver sits sixth in the Pacific Division, above solely San Jose and Anaheim. Their massive weak point is their penalty kill, whose 66.1-percent kill fee is lifeless final in the league.
So you could possibly definitely perceive why the group is desirous to make modifications, significantly relating to the head coach Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau’s firing appears to have already been determined, however the group will preserve him round, teaching in limbo, for a number of extra weeks.
During a radio spot on Saturday, reporter Rick Dhaliwal advised that Boudreau will not get replaced till later in January.
“Later in the month is what most individuals are listening to,” Dhaliwal mentioned. “I heard Rick Tocchet‘s title final weekend, and they’re speaking to him [. . . ] Most folks in the trade that you just speak to are considering two, three weeks away. It’s their resolution.”
There was no point out of a attainable interim coach.
A former NHL participant, Tocchet beforehand coached Tampa and Arizona. Currently he is a studio analyst for TNT, which can be the purpose why Boudreau may linger for a number of extra weeks.
“Someone informed me he is gotta give a four-week discover at TNT or one thing to that impact,” Dhaliwal mentioned. “It’s a course of. It takes time.”
Following Vancouver’s 4-3 loss to Florida on Saturday evening, Boudreau gave an audible grunt when requested about his job. Seeming each grim and plucky at the similar time, Boudreau mentioned, “I simply get up on a regular basis and go to work till they inform me to not.”
Assuming nobody else will get fired in the subsequent few weeks, Boudreau would grow to be the first NHL coach fired this season.
Boudreau is on the second yr of a two-year contract, a reality that will have initially been a shock to General Manager Jim Rutherford, who joined the group one yr in the past. “It was my understanding that he was going to get a contract for simply [2021-22],” Rutherford informed CBC’s After Hours in October. “He received a contract actually for 2 years, and so he is nonetheless received his contract. It wasn’t that we prolonged him one yr, it was that we simply lived by the contract he had.”
Prior to his time with Vancouver, Boudreau spent 4 years with Minnesota, 5 years with Anaheim, and 5 years with Washington. His groups haven’t made a playoff look since 2018. Boudreau is additionally the proprietor of the Hershey Cubs, a United States Premier Hockey League group, alongside along with his spouse Crystal.
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