Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Washington Capitals on Monday, November 28th. On Wednesday, November 30th, he was named Head Coach of the Anaheim Ducks in place of the fired Randy Carlyle. Today, the Ducks announced a two-year contract extension that will take Boudreau through the 2014-2015 season.
Even though it took a while for the Ducks to adapt to Boudreau, he became a breath of fresh air that the team desperately needed. Boudreau brought an offense first system, but more importantly, a positive attitude. The team he inherited was broken on and off the ice. He managed to pull the guys together, get their confidence back, and make a very strong push for the playoffs, ultimately falling short.
The one player that benefited the most from Boudreau's arrival was Jonas Hiller. Bruce knew that Hiller's confidence was gone and he was trying to carry the team on his back. He gave Hiller significantly more rest time in between starts and it worked wonders for the goalie.
The next step for Boudreau is to work with GM Bob Murray on building a team he needs to win. Boudreau's team in Washington was more finesse than overpowering physical play. The Ducks are far from that type of group. It will be interesting to see how the lineup transforms and how much pull Boudreau has over Murray (who MUST put a winner together or he can kiss his job goodbye).