By Michael Walters
After Bruce Boudreau was relieved of his duties last week, it appears that he has been receiving plenty of phone calls in the meantime. According to Curtis Zupke of the LA Times, Boudreau has nearly lost his voice as a result. It comes as no surprise that once Anaheim’s GM Bob Murray made the decision to let Boudreau go that there would be plenty of NHL GMs interested in him.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Minnesota GM Check Fletcher was seen in California today. Speculation among some is that Fletcher is meeting with Boudreau and/or Randy Carlyle today. Carlyle’s name has also been mentioned in Anaheim’s search for a new coach as well.
Additionally, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune is reporting that GM Fletcher is also interested in Anaheim’s Assistant Coach Paul MacLean. MacLean was one of the first to be mentioned as a replacement for Boudreau if Anaheim GM Murray was to make an change from within the organization.
Senators To Consider Boudreau
Another leading contender for Boudreau is the Ottawa Senators. According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Senators have asked permission to speak to Boudreau. Even though he was relieved of his position, he still has one year left on his contract. Senators GM Pierre Dorion is likely to speak with Boudreau within the next few days if not sooner.
Calgary Relieves Hartley of Coaching Duties
In other news around the league, the Calgary Flames announced today that they have relieved Head Coach Bob Hartley of his duties. It is not known if Anaheim is interested in him, but Hartley is very familiar with the Pacific Division having coached the Flames for the past four seasons. He received the Jack Adams award last year, which is awarded annually to the NHL coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” He led the Flames into the second round of the postseason last year only to be eliminated by Anaheim. In the 2000-01 season he led the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup.
If GM Murray decides to stay within the organization then possible options could be Paul MacLean, Trent Yawney, or San Diego Gulls’ Head Coach Dallas Eakins. The list of candidates outside the organization is much longer and includes, but is not limited to the following: Guy Boucher, Marc Crawford, Mike Yeo, Travis Green, Dave Cameron, Travis Green, and even former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.
Murray stated last week that he would take time to find a replacement for Boudreau. With interest from Minnesota in MacLean that could speed up the process in finding Anaheim’s new replacement. The Ducks need to get a new coach in place because it’s likely the system in Anaheim could change especially if the coach is brought from outside the organization. Hopefully Murray doesn’t take too long as Minnesota, Ottawa, and now Calgary have all joined the coaching carousel in trying to find replacements for each of their respective teams. It’s not clear how these coaching positions will be filled, but one thing is certain, it will be an interesting time around the league especially in Anaheim during the offseason.
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