Bruce Boudreau Was Let Go after a Disappointing Finish, Ducks Ex-Head Coach Should Be Highly Coveted by Ottawa Senators
After another disappointing game seven result, the Anaheim Ducks have parted ways with Head Coach Bruce Boudreau.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Anaheim’s bench boss after this group fell short of expectations yet again. Many experts had picked the Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup favorites heading into the 2015-16 season.
After dwelling with the bottom feeders at the beginning of the year, Anaheim went on a great run en route to capturing a Pacific Division title.
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They walked into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the number one seed facing off against the first Wild-Card occupant Nashville Predators. After dropping the first two games at home, Anaheim clawed back to win the next three. They failed to close thing out in game six, and ultimately met their fate in game seven.
Bruce Boudreau began his tenure with Anaheim back in 2011-12. He led the team to four straight Divisional Championships in each year since 2012-13. Boudreau had a record of 208-104-40 during the regular season, and 21-15 in the postseason behind the bench for Anaheim.
Ottawa Senators the Logical Fit
There aren’t a ton of teams looking for new coaches, but there’s one fit in particular that seems most logical; the Ottawa Senators.
In fact, there may be no reason to speculate on any other organization. Sens owner Eugene Melynk made clear his intentions to bring in a defensive-minded bench boss with NHL experience. Boudreau fits the bill, and then some with his career .659 win percentage.
This would be a move in the right direction for the Ottawa Senators. For a team that struggled in their own end at times, Boudreau can instill a structured system that stresses tight defensive play. Just think about what he did with a cast of purely offensive blueliners in Anaheim.