NHL Jerseys Canada on Tap: Boudreau will be back at Minnesota Wild as Canucks coach

Immediately following the NHL lockout, the Vancouver Canucks fired head coach Travis Green on Sunday and hired former Boston Bruins coach Bruce Boudreau. The two sides have not played in almost three months, but Boudreau is expected to take over the team after the season ends on March 31. In his first game as a Canucks coach, Boudreau will face the Minnesota Wild for the first time since being fired by the team in October.

A former assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, Bruce Boudreau will lead the Minnesota Wild in their first game in the 2019-2020 season. The first two games will be held on October 16 in Minneapolis. On October 5, the Canucks will visit the United Center for the NHL On Tap Fan Experience. The new arena will feature the Canucks’ alumni from the 2010-11 season.

Boudreau will be the Canucks’ first coach under a new ownership group. He joined the Wild in 2009, and was subsequently hired as GM of the organization. His previous role was as an analyst for the NHL Network and NBC Sports Washington. In 2007, Boudreau took over the Washington Capitals, and guided them to four consecutive Metropolitan Division titles. The Washington Capitals fired him 22 games into the 2011-12 season. Then he went on to work with the Anaheim Ducks, and the Minnesota Wild. The team’s current ownership group has no plans to hire him.

After the Canucks fired Travis Green, the Wild were 8-15-2. The new team was led by assistant coach Scott Walker after Jim Benning was fired and replaced by GM Jim Rutherford. As the second-place team in the Western Conference, the Canucks lost to the Dallas Stars in six games. The Canucks are 3-5-1 against the Minnesota Wild in their last 10 games, and center J.T. Miller has 31 points in his last 17 games.

After a back-to-back against Colorado, Boudreau has led the Canucks to a win-loss record of 23-11-6 under the new coach. The Canucks have lost four straight games to the Wild, and now he is looking to avoid that occurrence. But the Canucks will try to salvage some respectability and improve their record.

In addition to Boudreau’s coaching duties, the Canucks have a new assistant coach. The Minnesota Wild reassigned the former coach to the team’s bench. The GM, Fred Fletcher, is the newest member of the coaching staff and will be the new general manager. He will be the head coach of the Canucks. The team is also headed for the Stanley Cup final this weekend.