VANCOUVER, British Columbia. Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau got emotional on Friday when asked about rumors that he could be fired soon.
“I would be a fool if I didn’t say I didn’t know what was going on,” Boudreau said with tears in his eyes. “But… you come to work and you know what a great game it is.”
Boudreau’s job guarantee has been in question since the Canucks (18-23-3) started 0-5-2. Vancouver was sixth in the Pacific Division, 12 points short of a playoff spot, entering Friday’s home game against Colorado.
Boudreau, 68, who previously coached the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild, was hired on December 6, 2021 to replace Travis Green. Vancouver started last season 8-15-2 under Green but went 32-15-10 under Boudreau, missing the playoffs by five points.
Success did not carry over to this season. The Canucks concede 3.96 goals per game, and their penalties have the worst success rate in the league at 66.9%.
Jim Rutherford, the team’s president of hockey operations, told reporters Monday that he’s had talk over the past few months about bringing in a new coach.
“Bruce is our coach now,” Rutherford said.
On Friday, when asked what it means to be an NHL head coach, Boudreau replied: “We’ll talk later,” turning away from reporters.
Earlier, Boudreau said he was trying to drown out the noise.
“It’s hard not to feel it,” he said. “But look, you like it, you want to go and do it. So I’m turning a blind eye to that, just realizing how much you care about the game, the players, and everything that’s going on.”