Minnesota Wild Fire Bruce Boudreau

On Friday morning the Minnesota Wild parted ways with Bruce Boudreau.

Boudreau, 65, was in his fourth season as the head coach in Minnesota. Through 57 games the Wild have 61 points (23-27-7) and are three points ahead of the Blackhawks for last place in the Central Division. The Wild failed to qualify for the playoffs last year and are three points behind Arizona for the second postseason berth in the Western Conference.

47 thoughts on “Minnesota Wild Fire Bruce Boudreau

  1. The new G.M Billy Guerin is cleaning house in Minnesota.Lots of Wild players in trade rumors.That type of G.M could be in place here this spring.

  2. I dont understand the hate for McDonough. Hes not the gm. Hes not the coach. Hes a mouth piece and a marketer.
    I doubt he has much to say about operations drafting Etc. Maybe he does and I’m wrong.
    There is no way jc is not feeling the heat no matter what stanbo tell him. On paper this roster is better than last year. Yeah…I would say the biggest injury loss is Shaw.

    Just my opinion but stan should have used the dehaan/seabrook(/shaw?) Cap space to pick up an unwanted player in Hope’s for a turnaround here and a flip at the deadline. Bogosian comes to mind.

    They had a lot of space and used it on Marta (for a sophomore who had a not Terrible rookie year) , Shaw who in my eyes was not a bad pickup and in fact a good one, but why is he allowed to fight….seriously. Then there is deJaan who we all knew had health problems…his originally diagnosed time for return was November…isn’t that when he got hurt after returning to months early??? Have to ask some questions about all that.
    So yeah deHaan was got for a bag of pucks…but still that’s another big cap hit…a big cap hit of a question mark. Irritates me when I see people calling for Seabrook a Blackhawk legend to retire and cant wait for deHaan to come back….What!?
    Seabrook is overpaid got it. But hes done a lot and has Dach living in his house. Seabrook picked up Sharp from the airport after the trade from Philly. Talk about intangibles.
    I’m sorry but at this point you have to say the team has learned what they can from JC …thanks for the efforts but Next!
    Who? Hard to say….chelios?

  3. I have no hate for McDonough.My thought is that he is in the wrong position.He is about Marketing and selling the product.You would be hard pressed to find another Nhl Team President that does not have an extensive hockey background. The question is who evaluates Bowmans performance as far as personell moves,drafts,trades if the President has little hockey knowledge and no experience in Nhl Team management?The Hawks need McDonough to be a senior consultant and to bring in a experienced Hockey duo to take over operations.

  4. Honest, as Wrap has pointed often, McDonough is who Wirtz said wanted Q fired and new coach brought in. Signing the core long term to finish there careers with Blackhawks and bringing back former fan favourites are some of the type of moves have look of marketing side of things vs just hockey moves. Not blaming him for everything, but seems logical he is involved in anything that affects the bottom line.

  5. I don’t like McDonut because he’s not a hockey guy and reminds me of Pulford (you old timers will know who Pulford was). Plus I assume he has some of Rocky’s ear with respect to the team and Blowman. I thought when Rocky came in he set this team ablaze and did all the things his father would never do, great changes, but now he seems like he is stuck in a rut and Blowman and McDonut have something to do with it. I had hoped he’d gather his nutsack and fire these turds, but he hasn’t yet. It scares me to think of another TDL and draft with Blowman at the helm.

  6. Unrelated to Boudreau.

    I have a feeling that Colliton is a stop-gap. You never ever want to be the guy who follows a legend. In this case Quenneville. 3 Cups in a decade, parades, video tributes upon his return.

    But it’s okay to be the next guy. WHEN the Hawks miss the playoffs in April, that will be 3 years in a row. McD will NOT fire Stan. He has total faith in Stan. But in order to get to the next level ( which is in the playoffs with a deep run possible), they need a bench boss with a track record of taking a team there.

    I could be totally wrong but when the Hawks take the ice for the 2020-2021 season in October, the coach will either be Peter Laviolette or Gerard Gallant.

  7. If the Hawks miss the playoffs I thought Stanbo would be fired.

    But I dont feel that at all now. The seats are still selling out as well.

    Stan will be a buyer. Making the playoffs is gravy money for owners.
    The Calgary Flames aboot 4 years ago kept everything static because ownership just wanted to make the playoffs. They kept barely missing.

    Now Chicago is following the same mentality. Get ready for more anger, frustration and heartbreak.

  8. Craig you are correct. You never want to be the guy that replaces the Legend. You want to be the guy that replaces the guy that replaced the Legend.

    How about Tony Granato? Thinking clubs want to start with a fresh face and develop their own Legend. Don’t like either Laviolette or Gallant only because they were part of our rivals. Gallant as a player and Laviolette as a coach. Would take Laviolette as the lesser of two evils.

    Granato a home town boy. I believe respected in the NHL circle. Like a coach that has played the game at an NHL level more than just a season, 774 games. Coaching in the college ranks where teams are looking for new blood coaches.

    I think Chelly has too much going on and probably doesn’t have a coaching ability. He would just chew out the players ala Mike Keanan and someone might get offended or have hurt feelings and cry to the media. Can’t do that now a days. Worked great before.

    Maybe try Chelly as the defense asst coach and Savy as offense and PP coach. Roenick available for an asst coach too but we might have too much fun. I’m all for that if the fun could be controlled but doubt it can.

  9. “That’s All Folks” is actually inscribed on Mel Blanc’s tombstone. A true giant of the 20th century.

  10. Bowman already has bags packed.
    When Spring comes and the West Side is quiet, he will board the Midnight Train to Georgia. (He is certainly qualified to be a Pip, but not a GM.)

    Coach Greg Brady will probably be in tow.

    Bowman finally crashed the Porsche he inherited, and does not know how he did it or how to fix it.

  11. Simply put, this team is not worth the outrageous price of admission, and the UC is nowhere near the hockey bldg the Stadium was.

    The Old Barn could sometimes get a crappy Hawks team a win due to the charged atmosphere.

    Not so at the UC.

  12. Someone mentioned Pulford.

    McDonough is nowhere near the SOB Pulford was.

    True Story: Bob Pulford hated Bobby Hull as player. So when he had Dollar Bill’s ear and Brett Hull wanted to come play in Chicago?
    That SOB made sure it did not happen.

  13. Would really love gallant as the next hawks coach.
    Really don’t understand Minnesota firing boudreau, even though he was going to be gone if the offseason anyway.

  14. Craig, I like your posts. When you say things about the organization and what were prob doing, there is Buzz to it.

  15. We want Buzz again, the last two yrs and now another top 5 skill pick is Buzz for the future, not right now-yet.

  16. MO,You want some Buzz.Get a new G.M. and Hockey Staff into place.(I would say President but I know Rocky will never get rid of McDonough) Hope that they can position themselves for a Lottery win at 1 of the top 3 picks.Go out and get 2 physical and mobile Defensemen,2 Centers,and 3 big,fast,and physical forwards.Save the Cap Space and trade Lehner.Offer Crawford a team friendly 2 year contract and scour everywhere for the next Binnington to take over.Hope that you can establish the playing status of Dehaan,Seabrook,and Shaw long before training camp.I would be shocked if any of those 3 are ready for the start of the season or are coming back at all.Move out Gus,Strome,and Smith.Nylander is required to make the team next year and not have a spot gifted to him.There is much work to be done by strong hockey men.Lets get down to it and stop wasting our time.

  17. Mario is president Pittsburgh
    Joe Sakic is GM/Pres in Colorado
    Shanahan in Toronto
    Neely in Boston
    And we have McDonut in Chicago! He’s a clown and needs to be shipped out to a travelling circus act and work his marketing genuis.
    Laviolette would fit in with Chicago and his USA hockey background. Get Tony Granato as his assistant. Doug Wilson as GM .
    Panarin 77 points
    Teravavainen 55 points
    Danault 40 points
    Schmaltz 40 points
    Duclair 34 points
    Kevin Hayes 32 points
    Nick Leddy 20 points
    Vinny H 20 points
    Kempny 17 points
    Justin Holl 15 points
    Ryan Hartman 14 points
    Jokiharju 14 points
    Panik 13 points
    Frolic 12 points
    That was fun!
    Waive or trade 22, 15, 36, 92, 91, 95, and trade Lehner and Sikura to Carolina for NINO, a 2nd round pick plus a prospect up front.

  18. Nothing like picking your spots and crying and complaining again.
    Doug Wilson as GM? What has he done so great in San Jose? Somewhat compete yearly.

  19. MrFenn92, imagine when he wakes up and realizes he is on tail end of the greatest era of franchise history and instead of realizing how fortunate he was to live through it. Creating bs to whine and cry about daily and trying continually to tarnish their legacy was his main priority.

  20. Kane 69
    Toews 46
    Saad 27
    Smith 11
    Cags 28
    Carp 14
    Kampf 14
    Dach 17
    Kubalik 33
    Nylander 17
    Strome 30
    DCat 36
    Kieth 15
    Gus 25
    Them 403 goals Us 364
    Them 772 games played Us 732
    Them .522 goals per game Us .497
    Them 54 mil payroll Us 45 mil
    Really not far off.

  21. What stands out on the list of players is that Saad and Debrincat are going to have to perform up to their Cap hits.Next year both will be making over 6 Million a year.At minimum they both should be over 30 goals for the year.Saad provides the penalty killing aspect but he has to be a powerplay forward also and finish more chances.Debrincat needs a strong quality Center and a big winger on his line to get him some space to open his game up.

  22. Anisimov 14
    Hammer 3 only 17 games
    Osterle 10
    Brouwer 1 only 13 games
    Motte 5 only 24 games
    Nordstrum 7
    Kahun 27
    JVR 5
    Perlini 3
    Ruuta 7
    Wiess 4 only 15 games
    Hayden 3

    Everyone else over 30 games
    Just wondering why our guy didn’t use any of these players. He should have used Kahun but he’s an AHL player I guess.

  23. In my first list should have been point totals not goal totals. Also points per game not goals per game. Pretty sure you guys realized that. My bad.

  24. Both Saader and Bob Lee Swagger Cat should be 30/30 players. Different style. Swagger cat could have more assists and score 30, he should always have between 25-35 goals every yr-like Shapry did.

  25. Kubalik 33
    Kahun 27

    Hey on a roster thats +20 games over .500 and we should be at least +5 but are +1, that Kubilik guy is the better player.

  26. I wouldn’t put too much effort into defending Bowman. He gets a high passing grade on his first half, and a solid C-/D+ on the second half. I still believe it’s best to have a break from him, and therefore his scouting staff. Will that happen, who knows?

    Having consistency is a good thing, but sometimes you need a change. (only if something better is waiting on the other end)

  27. The dynasty was the top era for the Blackhawks. We still have business left to achieve. We want a 4th Cup with 19 88 and maybe with 77 a 5th Cup.

    Get the roster adjustments done by the time the young wave is ready to rock.

  28. Don’t look now but the Sharks are now 2 points behind the Hawks and the Ducks are 5 points behind them.The draft is looking better by the game.

  29. GUS is the most gifted offensive dman on the team…exhibit A was on that 3rd goal tonight by Saad when he and Kane put on a show in puck possession resembling Panarin /Kane days of old.

    Now why is 22 playing with Saad and Kane? If you replace Anisimov by Carpenter than don’t make that trade Mr. Bowman, spend 5 Million on a center instead! Even a Brossard or Pavelski would have helped, anybody but Carpenter. Why? Because even with the Goalies playing great they are 31st in the NHL in shots against, inner slots shots against, PP shots against, thus if you have better, bigger and skilled forwards you have the puck most of the time! And you also need a better coaching system.

  30. Turned it on after I saw score 2-2 on website.. By the time I get to the canal its 4-2. Then I see 12 fumble a clear-enough breakaway, ohh man come on get your shit together-for next yr and on.

  31. Man how good are going to be once 27 77 become elite and we get those 2 Defensemen and a few FW with size that you talked about.

    We ll have the Islanders D-with Lehner and and dang good OFF with rookie of the yr Kubilik at 25? or how many goals.

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