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Bruce Boudreau | Center

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (62) / 1/5/1955
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 175
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Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold isn't happy with how Minnesota did in 2016-17.
For the second straight season, the Wild were booted out in the first round, this time in a 4-1 series loss to the St. Louis Blues. "I was terribly disappointed [by our finish]. … I’m not over it," Leipold said. "Not over it. I watch these games now and go, ‘That could be us.'" He added that he likes the way the team's built, but he also feels they took an unexpected step back in the playoffs. That being said, he doesn't blame GM Chuck Fletcher for their playoff collapse. As mentioned before, Fletcher's job is safe for now. May 18 - 10:31 AM

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Despite another disappointing showing in the playoffs, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher's job is safe for now, per owner Craig Leipold.

Fletcher has been the general manager of Minnesota since May 2009. Under his watch the Wild have made the playoffs for five straight seasons, but haven't gotten past the second round in any of those runs. This year the Wild suffered a disappointing 4-1 series loss to the underdog St. Louis Blues.
Apr 24 - 10:53 AM

Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau has coached teams that have been down 2-0 in a playoff series before.

Boudreau has been in that position three times before, winning one of those series with the Capitals against the Rangers. He is going to have work that magic again if the Wild are going to overcome their 2-0 deficit to the Blues. Boudreau's calming manner may be just what the Wild need. "It’s the third time that it's happened. Successfully we've won it once. Unsuccessfully we lost in seven both other times. Just trying to explain to (the Wild) that it's not as dire as they think."
Apr 16 - 12:19 PM

The Wild set two franchise records of note this season.

The Wild won 49 games, the most ever for this franchise and recorded 106 regular-season points, also a record. Minnesota will have a tough first-round opponent in the Blues. It should be a good opening round playoff series.
Apr 9 - 12:13 PM

Minnesota forwards seem to all be slumping at the same time.

Nino Niederreiter has scored only one goal in his last 19 games, while Jason Zucker has one goal in his last 12. Mikko Koivu has registered only goals in his past 23 games and Charlie Coyle has two goals in his past 19. This is not a recipe for success. No wonder Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau is in a bad mood.

With Zach Parise and Jason Pominville back from the mumps, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his forward lines for Sunday's game against San Jose.

Eric Staal will play between Parise and Chris Stewart, while the Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund line remained intact. Newly-acqyuired Martin Hanzal willskate between Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle, and Pominville will flank with Erik Haula and Ryan White. Chris Stewart might be the fantasy winner here.
Mar 5 - 12:12 PM

Don't be surprised if the Wild add some depth up front before next Wednesday's trade deadline.

"I think that’s fair," GM Chuck Fletcher said of needing depth. "I think we’ve got more unproven depth up front than we do on defense. We have [Jordan] Schroeder and [Tyler] Graovac, who are here, but the guys behind them [in Iowa] are a little more unproven." Don't expect Fletcher to pull off a major trade, as he probably feels he doesn't need to overspend. But adding one or two bottom-six guys is realistic.
Feb 25 - 9:22 AM

The Minnesota Wild have picked up at least a point in 11 straight road games.

The Wild are 9-0-2 over that span. That's just one short of the franchise record, which they'll consequently have an opportunity to tie on Sunday in Chicago. It'll be an interesting game overall as the Wild and Blackhawks are tied in terms of points (59) for the lead in the Central Division. Chicago will also be eager to step up after being blown out by Washington on Friday.
Jan 15 - 4:59 AM

Bruce Boudreau downplayed the significance of Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets.

It's the first time in major North American sports history that two teams riding winning streaks of at least 12 games will go head-to-head. "It’s not the Super Bowl, it’s not the Stanley Cup," Boudreau said. "It’s Game 36. It’s got a good, little story line, but that’s all it is." It's a shame that one of these two winning streaks has to end, but this should one should be entertaining to say the least.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:45:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild are one of the best five-on-five teams in the NHL.

The Wild gives up a league low 1.94 goals per game while at the same time scores a fourth-highest, 3.06 goals per contest. That results in a plus-36 goal differential second best in the NHL. As well, Wild players hold six of the top 11 plus/minus rankings. Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau has been very happy about his team's overall game this season, including a current 10-game winning streak.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 11:40:00 AM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 09:58:00 AM

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."
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 03:04:00 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."
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 08:15:00 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.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 10:08:00 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.
Mon, Jun 20, 2016 11:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Martin Hanzal
4Erik Haula
5Joel Eriksson Ek
LW1Zach Parise
2Mikael Granlund
3Jason Zucker
4Jordan Schroeder
5Ryan Carter
RW1Nino Niederreiter
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Chris Stewart
5Ryan White
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Marco Scandella
6Christian Folin
7Nate Prosser
8Victor Bartley
9Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Alex Stalock