Bruce Boudreau, fired by Ducks, could find another head coaching job in short order
It only took 3 days to find employment after last firing
The last time Bruce Boudreau was fired, it took him three days to find another NHL head coaching job.
This time around, it wouldn't be surprising to see the same type of time frame.
The 61-year-old Boudreau has a regular season record 409-192-80 in nine seasons as an NHL head coach. No coach has won 400 regular-season games faster than Boudreau in NHL history.
His regular-season success is remarkable. Despite his accomplishments, Boudreau only has a 38-35 record in the playoffs and is just 1-7 lifetime in Game 7s.
However, with several NHL teams looking for an experienced bench boss, Boudreau's lack of playoff success isn't likely to scare off any potential takers, a few of which are listed below:
The Ottawa Senators are certainly one of those teams given that one of general manager Pierre Dorion's first moves was dismissing Dave Cameron and his assistants on April 10. Dorion stressed that he was looking for NHL experience in a new head coach. He also hinted that the Senators would take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to who's available for the role.
The Senators are reportedly interested in 10-to-12 candidates, Boudreau's sudden availability certainly changes Dorion's thought process. The Senators have already expressed interest in former Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo but it is a highly probable that Boudreau has now jumped to the top of Dorion's list.
Ottawa has only made it past the first round once since 2007 and with a solid core led by 2016 Norris Trophy finalist Erik Karlsson, hiring Boudreau would send a message that the Senators are ready to be a contender.
The Minnesota Wild are another team that could be interested in Boudreau's services. The Wild fired the aforementioned Yeo in February after losing 13 of 14 games and immediately placed the interim tag on John Torchetti.
The 51-year-old took the Wild from five points out of a playoff spot into the post-season only to fall in the first round to the Dallas Stars in six games.
Torchetti coached the Wild to a 15-11-1 record in 27 games and general manager Chuck Fletcher has said he would consider Torchetti as his next head coach but also expressed an interest in looking around. The Wild have made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, including two appearances in the second round.
The Arizona Coyotes are a long shot to land Boudreau as head coach Dave Tippett still has two years left on his contract with the club. However, after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc fired general manager Don Maloney.
The Coyotes have yet to name a replacement GM which leaves some uncertainty that Maloney's successor may have his own ideas with regards to a head coach.
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