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Bruce Boudreau | Center

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (61) / 1/5/1955
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 175
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Minnesota's penalty kill has struggled following a hot start to the season.
The Wild were 26-for-27 on the kill in the first 10 games of the year, but in the last 12 contests the team has gone 27-for-37. As a result, Minnesota has slipped to 16th overall in situations when they have been down by a man. Dec 2 - 9:58 AM

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Minnesota's power play has gone 5-for-34 this season, which ranks 20th in the NHL.

The Wild have been abysmal on the road, where the team ranks dead last with one goal on 20 opportunities. "Well, we're trying to be cute. We don't shoot the puck. We don't shoot the puck enough to score," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "And I was always taught, if things aren;t going in for you, you shoot all the time from everywhere, go to the front of the net, get one off your butt or something."
Nov 7 - 3:04 PM

Bruce Boudreau is expecting his team to play a more physical style.

Camp isn't even over yet and Boudreau is already addressing the lack of jam in his team's game. He put them through a pretty physical practice on Friday. "We're going to have an awful lot of practices like that," Boudreau said. "We went over a lot of video [Friday] morning, more than I like to do, but it shows that you can't play the game without making contact with people. You just can't do it. But what is taking time to get used to a little bit is we're nowhere near as physical as the teams I've coached. So I'm trying to find sort of a halfway medium that they become more physical but don't get out of what they're good at. Like, I can't make them into a bunch of Alex Ovechkins hitting everything that moves."
Oct 8 - 8:15 AM

The Minnesota Wild might be looking to bring some forwards to training camp on PTOs.

The Wild have 10 forwards on one-way contracts, which could become problematic if injuries strike. "Before we sign anybody, I think we'd like to have a better idea of what we have internally," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "There are a lot of guys that either have played or on the cusp of playing, so I think we want to be careful we don't box guys out. You want to make sure you have enough depth, but you also want to leave some flexibility." Potential forward options include Tuomo Ruutu, R.J. Umberger, David Jones, David Legwand, Lauri Korpikoski and several others.
Sep 2 - 10:08 AM

Minnesota is expected to target a scoring center in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Wild need some talent in the AHL, where Iowa has been the worst team for the last two years. Minnesota holds the 15th overall pick, so they could end up with Michael McLeod, Kieffer Bellows or Tyson Jost.
Jun 20 - 11:53 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired Derek Lalonde to be the next head coach of the Iowa Wild (AHL).

Lalonde will be introduced on Monday. He'll become the team's fourth head coach in four years. Lalonde spent each of the last two seasons with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, leading them to two consecutive Eastern Conference and North Division regular season titles.
Jun 19 - 10:02 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired John Anderson as an assistant coach.

Anderson spent the previous three seasons as the bench boss of the AHL's Chicago Wolves. He's also the former head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, which posted a 70-75-19 record with him in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The Wild also hired Scott Stevens as an assistant coach on Tuesday.
Jun 8 - 2:52 PM

The Minnesota Wild have released their preseason schedule.

Minnesota will play in a total of six exhibition contests with two games against Colorado and Winnipeg each and one contest versus each of Buffalo and Carolina. The Wild will play in their first preseason game on Sept. 26 and wrap things up on Oct. 8.
Jun 8 - 8:54 AM

New Wild coach Bruce Boudreau will have new assistants with him on the bench next season.

Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor have been told they won't be returning next season, according to multiple sources. Assistant coach Darby Hendrickson and goalie coach Bob Mason will be back, though. Andrew Brunette, who has a year remaining on his contract, is expected to rejoin the front office. Bob Woods and Brad Lauer, who were assistants to Boudrea in Anaheim, could be candidates for the jobs.
May 23 - 6:12 PM

New Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau will meet with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on Friday.

Unsurprisingly, Boudreau plans on meeting with captain Mikko Koivu too, but he'll wait until after the World Championship is over to do that. Boudreau also needs to decide what to do with the rest of the Wild's coaching staff, which predates his arrival. If he doesn't plan on retaining their services, he will likely let them know soon.
May 20 - 9:04 AM

Bruce Boudreau's four-year contract with the Wild is believed to be worth just under $3 million per year.

This means that the final year of Boudreau's deal with the Ducks is no longer valid. The Wild made the hiring official on Saturday night. Boudreau has won eight division titles with the Capitals and Ducks and the Wild are hoping he'll be able to stabilize things behind the bench in Minnesota.
May 8 - 10:51 AM

The Minnesota Wild have hired Bruce Boudreau as their next head coach.

He will be the fifth head coach in the history of the Minnesota Wild. For the most part, Boudreau seems to get the most out of his offensive players, which should be good news for the Wild from a fantasy perspective. The Wild's new head coach also showed an ability to adapt his coaching style when the Ducks got off to a slow start in 2015-16. His contract is believed to be a four-year deal. He has a career record of 409-192-80 (.659).
May 7 - 8:57 PM

Bruce Boudreau doesn't appear to feel any ill-will towards Ducks GM Bob Murray following Boudreau's firing.

"Quite frankly, I’m glad Bob did it when he did it and not waited too long," Boudreau said of Murray firing him shortly after Anaheim's elimination from the playoffs. "I thought that was pretty classy. It wasn’t not expected. We expected a lot from us on our team and I expected a lot from me. And we didn’t get to where we wanted to be." Boudreau also appreciated that Murray didn't fire Boudreau earlier in 2015-16 when Anaheim struggled out of the gate. Boudreau also acknowledged that he's been attracting interest now that he's available. He'll probably end up with a new job for the 2016-17 campaign.
May 3 - 8:47 AM

Don't be surprised if the Ottawa Senators go after Bruce Boudreau to be their next head coach.

Boudreau, who was just fired as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, has the highest regular season winning precentage of any NHL head coach with a minumum of 500 games at .659. It is .002 better than the legendary Scotty Bowman. Of course, the regular season isn't Boudreau's problem. Rightly or wrongly he has been tagged as a coach who can't win in the playoffs. Stay tuned.
Apr 30 - 10:24 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Boudreau has a 1-7 record in Game 7s and you can debate whether or not he's to blame for that or even if that was on the Ducks' minds when they decided to fire him, but it would be hard to argue there's not a clear link between that record and Anaheim's decision to let him go. The reality is that the Ducks have seen four straight playoff runs end in a Game 7 loss and if Anaheim had won one or two of those, thus allowing them to go further into the playoffs, perhaps that would have been enough to save Boudreau. Because if nothing else, this can't be about his regular season results. Sure the Ducks got off to a rough start in the 2015-16 campaign, but they rebounded in a big way. Anaheim had a 208-104-40 regular season record under Boudreau and have won their division for four straight years under him. They just couldn't get it done in the playoffs, which was also the case with Washington when Boudreau was overseeing them.
Apr 29 - 12:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Eric Staal
3Erik Haula
4Tyler Graovac
LW1Zach Parise
2Mikael Granlund
3Jason Zucker
RW1Charlie Coyle
2Jason Pominville
3Chris Stewart
4Nino Niederreiter
5Zac Dalpe
6Zack Mitchell
7Kurtis Gabriel
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Marco Scandella
4Matt Dumba
5Jonas Brodin
6Christian Folin
7Nate Prosser
8Gustav Olofsson
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper