After almost 4 years as head coach of the Minnesota Wild, Bruce Boudreau was relieved of his services earlier today. In his place steps assistant coach Dean Evason as interim head coach, for the remainder of the season, while they find a suitable replacement.
The sacking of Boudreau has raised a lot of eyebrows in the hockey world. Especially over the timing of it, as the Wild are pushing for a playoff spot, being only three points shy of one with three games in hand. In the last ten games, they have gone 6-3-1, so form looked to be picking up for the Wild. Players like Kevin Fiala are currently on a tear and the overall game looked better as of late.
However, yesterday, the Wild lost a heartbreaking game in a shootout to the New York Rangers, and that became the last straw for Bruce Boudreau. In an interview with Micheal Russo of the Athletic, Bill Guerin said that the game was one that needed to be won. With the playoff race going into the final stages, he felt the Wild required a new voice.
This voice will be Dean Evason, who has been an assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild for the past 2 seasons. However, prior to that, he spent six years as the head coach for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, where he managed to reach the playoff 5 times. He’s an interim head coach, so speculation for the new head coach has started. Names like Gerard Gallant, Mike Babcock and Peter Laviolette are all available and they all seem to be the most mentioned as the frontrunners for the position.
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