Anaheim Ducks Fire Bruce Boudreau; Exited the Playoffs in the First Round
The Anaheim Ducks fired their head coach, Bruce Boudreau, on Friday. The announcement came just two days after their disappointing first round exit from the playoffs.
“I just think the last four years, the way they’ve ended, all very similar, that I didn’t think it would be a good situation to go forward in,” Murray said. “In no way, shape or form is this pointing a gun at Bruce’s head. Let’s make that perfectly clear. But you’ve got to start somewhere.”
While announcing the move, Ducks general manager Bob Murray expressed much more anger at his players than at Boudreau, who hasn’t been able to pair postseason success with steady excellence in his two NHL jobs in Anaheim and Washington. Boudreau has won 409 regular-season games and eight division titles, but just five playoff rounds in his coaching career. The furthest Boudreau was able to guide the Ducks in the postseason was the Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks last year. The Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup.