Patience is running out with Canucks management’s Boudreau: report

Bruce there he is, Bruce there he is.

Bruce Boudreau warned us about this at the start of his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks. That as soon as you can be the toast of the town, you could be pushed aside.

Such is the life of a head coach in the National Hockey League.

But given his success last season, few expected Boudreau to be in the hot seat so quickly.

The heat has flared up on the Canucks head coach, after a disastrous start to the season. The Canucks’ 4-9-3 record not only puts them second to last in the entire league, but gave them the franchise’s worst 16-game start to the season in 25 years.

Boudreau was hired by the property last December, before the arrival of Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin. The Canucks’ new management didn’t seem impressed with Boudreau last season, despite the team’s .649 point percentage under his leadership. They are even less enthusiastic about Boudreau’s tactics this season, with Rutherford publicly criticizing his head coach on several occasions.

It certainly seems to be a question of if, not when, Boudreau will be fired.

And according to NHL insider Darren Dreger, the decision to leave Boudreau could come sooner rather than later.

” It changes. The preference would be to wait [to fire Boudreau] but Vancouver Canucks executives are also increasingly concerned that the longer they wait, the greater the effect on players will be,” Dreger said in today’s edition of Insider Trading on TSN.

“You can see in Vancouver that there are players who are struggling, so is that going to become a bigger problem in the future? Also, we know that Bruce Boudreau likes to rely on a small group of players, which is contrary to a team concept – another problem.

On Monday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman described Boudreau’s impending dismissal as “inevitability”.

Rutherford had a 45-minute one-on-one meeting with Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini in Toronto Monday night, according to a report by VancouverHockeyInsider.com’s Rob Simpson.

The Canucks have two days off after tonight’s game in Buffalo, the final game of a five-game road trip East.

If the Canucks decide to let Boudreau go, many have speculated that Rick Tocchet could be the man to replace him.

Tocchet has ties to Rutherford and Allvin from their time together in Pittsburgh.

The 58-year-old won two Stanley Cups in three seasons as an assistant coach for the Penguins, before becoming head coach of the Arizona Coyotes for four seasons (2017-2021). The Coyotes job was Tocchet’s second NHL head coaching job, following two seasons as the Tampa Bay Lightning coach (2008-10).

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