Bruce Boudreau named Wild head coach

The Minnesota Wild have found their coach.

Former Anaheim Ducks bench boss Bruce Boudreau has finalized a deal to become the new head coach of the Minnesota Wild, the team announced.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the 61-year-old’s contract will be for four years and worth just under $3 million per season.

He made $1.5 million last season with the Ducks.

Boudreau replaces interim head coach John Torchetti, who led the Wild to a surprising playoff berth with a great late-season run after Mike Yeo was fired in February.

After guiding the Ducks to a Pacific Division title despite a disastrous start to the season, Boudreau was relieved of his duties after losing in a Game 7 for the fourth consecutive year.

Though his postseason struggles are well documented, Boudreau’s regular-season success with the Ducks – and previously with the Washington Capitals – has ensured he’s never had to wait long when he’s found himself

The Wild beat out the Ottawa Senators for the former Jack Adams winner’s services. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Senators were unwilling to offer Boudreau a long-term deal.

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