Ramblings: Boudreau Fired, Kassian Suspended Seven Games, Zucker Impressing in Pittsburgh (Feb 15)

Ian Gooding

2020-02-15

First time posting on the new-and-improved site. Let’s see how it goes. 

Another day, another coach firing. This time, the axe fell on Bruce Boudreau as coach of the Minnesota Wild, who replaced him with assistant Dean Evason. Mike Clifford filled you in on the Fantasy Take.  

I'm with Mike and a whole lot of others in that Boudreau wasn't the problem in Minny. This was a team that went for it all back in 2012-13 when it inked both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to mammoth long-term deals. Since then, the Wild have remained in the league's "mushy middle" – not strong enough to be a Western Conference power, yet not weak or fortunate enough to benefit from a franchise player at the top of the draft.  

Now they're stuck with an aging core, which includes four players 30 or older signed for at least four more years after this one, and a group of young players that lacks a high-end gamebreaker (Kirill Kaprizov notwithstanding). Yet BB managed to get his team to 7-3-1 in its last 11 games and still within striking distance of the last Western Conference playoff spot. This is probably about new GM Bill Guerin wanting to bring in his own guy, possibly long-time teammate Doug Weight.

Do you want to keep your job as an NHL head coach? It might all depend on your team's goaltending.

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