After another disappointing playoff result, Bruce Boudreau has been fired by the Anaheim Ducks, the team announced on Friday. Anaheim was ousted from the postseason in the first round on Wednesday with a Game 7 loss to the Nashville Predators.
“I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray via a statement released by the team. “This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”
The move came after Boudreau led the Ducks to their fourth consecutive division title only to lose in the playoffs. In each of the last four seasons, Anaheim has lost in a Game 7 at home after leading the series 3-2.
Boudreau, 61, started his NHL head coaching career with the Washington Capitals in 2007, leading the Caps to their first postseason berth since 2003. He would win the Jack Adams award as coach of the year for that 2007-08 season. The Caps, however, failed to advance past the second round in the playoffs in his four seasons and he was fired in 2011 after a slow start by the Caps.
Boudreau was hired by Anaheim in Nov. 2011. Anaheim failed to reach the playoffs in that season, but have made it every season since.
Just as in Washington, however, Boudreau's regular season success did not translate into the postseason. Only once were the Ducks able to advance past the second round, in 2015, when they were eliminated in the conference finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim was twice eliminated in the first round under Boudreau.
Despite a regular season record of 409-192-80, playoff success has remained elusive for Boudreau and is the one knock on his otherwise sterling coaching career.
“On behalf of the Ducks organization, we would like to express our appreciation to Bruce and his wife Crystal for their commitment to our community,” said Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “Bruce led us to four division titles with tremendous passion and pride, and we will always be grateful for his contributions both on and off the ice.”