Minnesota Wild, vying for playoff contention, fires coach Bruce Boudreau


ST. PAUL, Minn. (Ambush Sports) — The Minnesota Wild organization announced Friday that they have fired coach Bruce Boudreau, despite being a mere three points away from securing a Western Conference wild-card spot.

Wild GM Bill Guerin announce Boudreau’s dismissal and has appointed assistant coach Dean Evason as interim coach, according to a report from UPI’s Alex Butler.

“I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and commitment to the Minnesota Wild during his tenure with the organization and wish him and his family the best in the future,” Guerin said.

Boudreau started his NHL career in 1975, when he was drafted 42nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks and Minnesota Fighting Saints, also getting playtime in the AHL and CHL, as well as stints in Eishockey-Bundesliga and the IHL. He retired as a player in 1992.

Boudreau started coaching after retiring but did not get a coaching opportunity until 2007 when he was hired by the Washington Capitals. He would be fired by the organization in the 2011-12 season after a 329-201-88-40 record and a 17-20 postseason record backed by four consecutive playoff losses.

He would later be hired by the Anaheim Ducks, who served as the team’s coach until his contract expired in 2016. The team would make it to the Conference Finals in the 2014-15 season, but would later lose. He left the Ducks organization with a 352-208-104-40 record with a 24-19 postseason record.

The Wild brought Boudreau on board in the 2016-17 season, losing in the first round his first two years and missed the playoffs last season. As of his firing, Boudreau had a 303-158-110-35 record with a 2-8 postseason record.

To date, as a coach, Boudreau has a 63% winning record in 13 years coaching in the NHL.

Evason, who was named the Wild’s assistant coach in 2018 after six seasons in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals, previously working as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Washington Capitals from 2005 to 2015 and as a coach in the Western Hockey League.

In their last six games, the Wild are 4-2 and 7-3 in their last ten prior to losing against the New York Rangers in overtime at home Thursday.

The Wild hosts the San Jose Sharks Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center, leading up to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which kicks off April 8.

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