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Wild abruptly fire head coach Bruce Boudreau despite recent surge in playoff standings

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Wild abruptly fire head coach Bruce Boudreau despite recent surge in playoff standings

The Minnesota Wild announced Friday they've fired head coach Bruce Boudreau, who was in his fourth season with the team.

"I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and commitment to the Minnesota Wild during his tenure with the organization and wish him and his family the best in the future," Wild GM Bill Guerin said in a statement.

The Wild recently moved within three points of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, winning seven of their last 11 games, posing a question to Bodreau's sudden firing. According to The Athletic, Guerin has been thinking of firing Boudreau for "awhile," and Minnesota blowing a two-goal lead and losing in a shootout Thursday against the Rangers was enough to make the move reality.

In over three seasons with the Wild, Boudreau went 158-110-35 (.579). In 13 seasons overall as an NHL head coach, Boudreau is 567-302-115 (.634) and has made the playoffs 10 times.

Meanwhile, the Wild also announced the hiring of Dean Evason as the interim head coach, who joined the organization as an assistant coach in June 2018.

Boudreau was in his final season of a four-year contract with the Wild before his dismissal. Minnesota sits three points ahead of the Blackhawks in the wild-card standings.

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Listen to your captain: Jonathan Toews reminds everyone to stay home

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Listen to your captain: Jonathan Toews reminds everyone to stay home

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is showing off his leadership skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Toews appeared on the Blackhawks’ Instagram to remind fans of the importance of social distancing as part of the "We Are Not Playing" movement.

Toews has been doing his part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home, as well as donating $100,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund through the Jonathan Toews Foundation. 

Patrick Kane has decided to join Toews to encourage fans to practice social distancing. Kane posted a video to Twitter for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzger’s All In Illinois campaign, thanking healthcare workers and reminding Illinois residents to do their part and stay inside. 

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Top 10 Blackhawks we wish stuck around longer

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Top 10 Blackhawks we wish stuck around longer

    Hockey is a business, and because of that, players get moved frequently.

Salary caps, trades, free agency; all of that factors into player movement and often results in fan-favorites leaving a team.

We took to social media and asked Blackhawks fans which players they wished they saw more of in a Blackhawks sweater.

From Bobby Orr to Rick Vaive to Robin Lehner, the responses stretched across decades.

Here are the 10 Blackhawks players fans wish would have stuck around a little bit longer

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