After being fired by the Minnesota Wild, Bruce Boudreau is once again on the open market as a head coach. If he wants another job, these three teams would make the most sense for him.
Another head coach has bitten the dust. On Friday, the Minnesota Wild announced they have parted ways with head coach Bruce Boudreau. He’s the eighth (!!!!!!) head coach fired this season. And Boudreau might be the most intriguing of a massive lot of head coach candidates. With numerous interim coach situations, it wouldn’t be surprising if he gets snatched up quickly.
That said, Boudreau said back in 2016 that the Wild would be his last team. He’s 65 years old too, so maybe he’s serious about ending his coaching career. However, times change and so do people. Also, as the sayings go, “money talks” and “everybody has a price”.
Boudreau’s resume is an impressive one, so it wouldn’t be shocking if a team is willing to pay that price. He has a regular season record of 567-302-115 with a point percentage of .635%. That’s the 15th highest of all-time.
His postseason record needs to be addressed because, well, it’s not good. Boudreau has a career record of 43-47 in the postseason. His teams have been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 10 times in 11 full seasons. Six of those times, Boudreau’s team failed to get out of the first round.
But even with Boudreau’s warts, he’s undeniably a good coach. He doesn’t have a Stanley Cup on his resume, but keep in mind Barry Trotz didn’t have one before 2018. Also, you have to make the playoffs to win the Stanley Cup, and Boudreau gets his teams to the playoffs. That is irrefutable.
It’s going to take a special team to persuade a 65 year old man to stay behind the bench. These three teams have what it takes to do it.