Bruce Boudreau will make a return to the Vancouver CanucksThe speculation that the coach and the team might split in the offseason is over, as it will be a new season.
“We are happy to see Bruce’s commitment to returning to the Canucks next year,” general manager Patrik Alvin stated. “He has done a tremendous job since arriving in Vancouver. We are excited to see the team continue to perform well under his leadership, as they did during half the season.”
After the firing of Travis Green, Boudreau was hired by the Canucks on Dec. 5. Boudreau, who is known for his regular season success, was last in the Pacific Division. He helped the Canucks to a 32-15-0 record during his tenure. But they were only five points away from a playoff spot.
Francesco Aquilini, Canucks chairman hired Boudreau. This was before Jim Rutherford, the president of hockey operations, hired Allvin as their general manager.
Boudreau stated, “My desire has been to return to coach this team.” I love the city, the fans, and the players. Jim and Patrik have given me the opportunity to continue building on what we started.
Boudreau was contracted for two years. A coach's option was available on the second. He had until July 1, to choose that option. Rutherford, despite his success as a coach, made it clear that there would not be a new contract and that the Canucks would accept him back on the contract he had originally signed.
“That's not to suggest that we won't be wanting him back at the beginning of next year, if he continues doing the job that he is doing. Rutherford stated that although he has done a good job, it wasn’t a complete season.
Boudreau's career record is 599-317-125 with the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota WildThe Canucks. In 2007-08, he won the Jack Adams Award for the top coach of the keague. Boudreau would be the 22nd NHL Coach to win 600 wins with his one win next season.