The Minnesota Wild and Bruce Boudreau have agreed to terms on a 4 year deal that will pay him close to 3 million per year. It became a two team race for the former Ducks head coach in the last few days but he told the Ottawa Senators on Saturday that he would be joining the Wild.
The Minnesota Wild started this past season with Mike Yeo behind the bench but after they began to struggle in the second half of the season he was relived of his duties. Interm coach John Torchetti righted the ship enough to help the Wild grab the 8th and final playoff spot in the west but were eliminated in the first round by the Dallas Stars.
Boudreau who is now onto his third head coaching job in the NHL has put together a 409-192-80 record, leading his teams to division titles in 8 of his 9 seasons behind the bench. His teams however struggle in the playoffs where he is only one game over .500 with a 41-40 record, only making the conference finals once in his 9 seasons. He was let go after a first round exit this year to the Nashville Predators who were the 7th seed in the west. You still can’t deny that he knows how to win in the regular season though, where he has the best winning percentage for a head coach with at least 400 games coached. The .659 winning percentage was enough for the Wild to pull the trigger on the 61 year old bench boss.
Is this the correct move for the Wild franchise to take them to the next level?