VANCOUVER – On the eve of his summer vacation, Bruce Boudreau looked Monday neither uncertain nor uneasy about his coaching future. This off-season should be a lot more enjoyable for him than the last one.
Despite the to-be-determined option year on his contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the 67-year-old head coach said at his season-ending press conference that he is confident he will be back with the National Hockey League team he led to a 32-15-10 record after he was hired in December.
Boudreau had spent the previous 22 months unemployed after being fired by the Minnesota Wild, and last summer was granted just two unsuccessful job interviews by NHL teams.
“It’s funny because when I when I left Minnesota, it was really a bad taste in my mouth,” Boudreau said after the Canucks ended their season six points short of a playoff spot. “And when you’re a year out and you interview for a couple jobs in the summer and you don’t get them, you just wonder, like: ‘Do people think the time has passed or what have you?’
“And then coming back and having that kind of record, and having the team play the way they did in a lot of different areas positively, it makes you believe when you go home that you did well. And that you still can do the job. The other thing is you know you still have the fire in your belly…