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Ducks Extend Bruce Boudreau's Contract through 2017

After months in the desert, and Saku Koivu's official retirement earlier today, the Ducks have announced another big piece of news with the signing of Bruce Boudreau to a two year contract extension.

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The Ducks have announced that Head Coach Bruce Boudreau has signed a two year contract extension to keep him with the team through the 2016-17 season.

I don't think this should be much of a surprise to anyone.  His contract was set to expire at the end of this year and NHL teams generally don't like to let their coaches sit on lame duck contracts, no pun intended.  But this extension is not just for appearances (see: Ron Wilson in Toronto).

With a team that has been at the top of it's conference during the regular season two years in a row and had less success in the post season, I guess there could be thoughts of the coach being on the proverbial hot seat, particularly considering Boudreau's history in Washington.  However, I never really got the sense that was the case here in Anaheim.  Neither of the Ducks' playoff disappointments under Boudreau were really that unexpected, and really the only reason for the loss to the Kings is considered a disappointment is because it was to the Kings (and how disgustingly terrible that Game 7 was).

The next couple of years seem pretty bright for the Ducks, with Ryan Kesler coming in on a wonderful contract for two more years and a stocked pool of highly regarded prospects.  Now is not the time to over-react to a couple of playoff failures, and Bob Murray hasn't.

Here is the link to Boudreau's comments during his conference call with the press today. Maybe the most interesting/unexpected point of which is where he says they expect either Rickard Rakell OR William Karlsson to step into the big club this season.