Canucks fire Bruce Boudreau, hire Rick Tocchet as replacement

Bruce Boudreau has been fired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who’re once more on monitor to overlook the playoffs with one other underachieving season.

The crew introduced the change Sunday, lower than every week after president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford mentioned “main surgical procedure” was wanted to repair the Canucks, who’ve made the playoffs solely as soon as up to now eight years. Rick Tocchet was employed as Boudreau’s replacement for a Vancouver crew that has misplaced 28 of 46 video games this season.

Assistant coach Trent Cull was additionally relieved of his duties Sunday. Adam Foote was named as an assistant and Sergei Gonchar a defensive growth coach on Tocchet’s workers.

“We wish to prolong our honest due to Bruce and Trent for his or her contributions to this group,” normal supervisor Patrik Allvin mentioned in a press release Sunday. “We respect their dedication and want them nothing however the most effective shifting ahead. This was not a straightforward resolution to make, however one which we felt was needed for this franchise.”

Boudreau waved to the gang after the Canucks’ newest defeat Saturday night time, their third up to now 4 video games. Chants of “Bruce, there it’s!” to the tune of Tag Team’s “Whoomp! (There It Is)” echoed across the enviornment as a tribute to the well-respected 68-year-old hockey lifer who ranks among the many high regular-season coaches in NHL historical past.

He had acknowledged the hypothesis surrounding his future Friday forward of a back-to-back towards Colorado and Edmonton — each Vancouver losses.

“I’d be a idiot to say I do not know what is going on on,” Boudreau mentioned. “But like I’ve mentioned earlier than, you come to work, and also you understand how nice the sport is.”

He was additionally emotional following the loss to the Oilers and subsequent send-off from followers.

“You by no means know if it is the tip,” Boudreau advised reporters after the sport, tears welling in his eyes. “So while you’ve been in it for nearly 50 years — you recognize, nearly all of your life — and now if it is the tip, I needed to keep on the market and take a look at the gang and simply attempt to say, ‘ OK, attempt to bear in mind this second kind of factor.'”

Boudreau is the second coach Vancouver has fired in lower than 14 months. Boudreau took over in December 2021 when earlier coach Travis Green and normal supervisor Jim Benning have been let go 25 video games into the 2021-22 season.

The Canucks have missed the playoffs the previous two seasons since reaching the second spherical within the bubble in 2020.

Boudreau was along with his fourth NHL crew after stints with Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota. He received the Jack Adams Award as coach of the yr in 2007-08 when he was elevated from the minors to teach the Capitals on Thanksgiving and acquired them to the playoffs.

Teams coached by Boudreau for a full season have made the playoffs 9 out of 10 occasions. His .626 factors proportion ranks fourth amongst coaches with at the least 500 video games behind the bench, and his 617 wins are tied for twentieth in league historical past with Hall of Famer Jacques Lemaire.

But a Canucks crew in disarray didn’t give him a lot of an opportunity to maintain that success going. Rutherford in a information convention Monday mentioned huge adjustments can be coming within the offseason, citing the necessity for the crew to get youthful.

They may occur earlier than that, particularly with captain Bo Horvat unsigned past this season and attracting consideration forward of the March 3 commerce deadline.

Tocchet is 178-200-60 as a head coach after main the Tampa Bay Lightning for components of two seasons from 2008 to 2010 and the Arizona Coyotes for 4 years from 2017 to 2021. He received the Stanley Cup as a participant with the Pittsburgh Penguins after which twice as an assistant for them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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