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Canucks finally get clarity on who will coach their team next season

Published May 13, 2022 at 4:13 PM
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It was confirmed today on the Vancouver Canucks website that Bruce Boudreau will continue to coach the team into 2022-2023.

After Travis Green was fired with a dismal start to the year, with 8-15-2 Boudreau was brought in to revamp the team, and he turned it around with the Canucks being in playoff contention until the final week of the regular season.

Under Boudreau, the Canucks posted a record of 32-15-10, a 106-point pace over a full 82-game season.

Despite the successful start with the team, they remained five points out of a Wild Card spot this year.


"My desire has always been to come back to coach this team," said Boudreau in statement released by the Canucks. "I love the organization, city, fans, and the players. I'm also grateful for the opportunity provided to me by Jim and Patrik to continue building what we started."

Jim Rutherford wasn't willing to budge on a long-term deal due to a sampling size of 57 games. Despite Boudreau's impressive turnaround, Ruthford dug in on the team performance.

"We'd like to see our team play a more structured game and not depend on our goalie as much,'' he said. "But we certainly feel that there are enough good players here to continue to build here in the next year or two toward getting to be a consistent playoff team and a contender.''

Boudreau immediately made an impact after being put behind the Canucks bench as head coach, securing seven wins and his record of 32-15-10 earning the Canucks 74 points in the standings.

In 1,041 career regular-season games, he has a .635 points percentage, which ranks third among coaches who have coached at least 500 games — trailing only Scotty Bowman and Jon Cooper.

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