Bruce Boudreau will reportedly be hired as the next head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have a record of 8-15-2 under Travis Green, who is in his fifth season as the head coach. This start is by far the worst record the Canucks have had during Green’s tenure as head coach.
Bruce Boudreau to Replace Travis Green as Head Coach of the Canucks
Lack of offense could lead to roster overhaul
The team has struggled to score goals, scoring only 60 in 25 games played, which ranks 24th out of the 32 teams in the NHL. J.T. Miller leads the team in scoring with 8 goals and 15 assists. This is 3 points ahead of defenseman Quinn Hughes. Hughes is in the first year of a six-year $47 million contract. The veteran from East Palestine, Ohio was originally drafted by the New York Rangers 15th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft. Recently Miller has been the subject of trade rumors.
Our Conner Dempster wrote that "the most obvious of bright spots is goaltender Thatcher Demko. The Canucks 25-year-old stud goaltender is locked up for five seasons with an annual average salary of $5 million per season." Goaltending is the most important position in the sport and the team can lean on their young netminder as they continue to rebuild.
The Canucks are also missing the defensive play of veteran Michael Ferland who was put on long-term injured reserve after suffering yet another head injury during the 2020-21 NHL playoffs. Unfortunately for the team, this was expected as he was still suffering from concussion symptoms in January of this year.
Miller needs to recapture the magic of this type of goal if he wants to stick around with the Canucks. The 28-year-old certainly has the talent. The Canucks are certainly counting on Boudreau to bring this type of play out of Miller. That says nothing about the play of the team’s younger players like Hughes and Demko.
Boudreau is certainly a well-known name as far as head coaches in the NHL go. The 66-year-old has previously coached the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild. Outside of his latest tenure with the Wild, Boudreau’s teams have finished no worse than fifth in their division, making the playoffs in 10 out of the 13 seasons that he has coached in the NHL. Boudreau won the Jack Adams award for coach of the year in the NHL after the 2007-08 season.
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