The Vancouver Canucks have announced that head coach Bruce Boudreau will be back to coach the team next season. While it was believed he would accept the terms of the option on his current deal and come back with no guaranteed future beyond next season, there was some chatter he might explore his options. Whether that happened or it didn’t, Boudreau will be back.
There it is.
Bruce Boudreau will return to the #Canucks bench this coming season.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 13, 2022
Boudreau said in a statement: “My desire was always to come back to coach this team. I love the organization, the city, the fans and the players. I’m also grateful to the opportunity provided to my by Jim and Patrick to continue building what we started.”
Boudreau is referring to Jim Rutherford and GM Patrick Allvin, who many believe like what Boudreau did with the team when he took over as coach this season, but were not prepared to renegotiate his deal or commit to anything longer-term. Boudreau had a great record to close the year and got the Canucks into the conversation about playoffs, but ultimately the Canucks didn’t get in and Boudreau doesn’t exactly have the greatest post-season coaching record.
As per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Boudreau’s option year for next season pays him $2.5 million in salary. It’s slightly lower than the average coaching salary, but it’s not a lowball amount of money that would have Boudreau complaining and willing to jump to somewhere the conditions might not have been as good.
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