<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The general manager of the first year, Bill Guerin, said he felt the timing was right to switch from Boudreau and replace him with interim coach Dean Evason, despite the fact that Wild had won seven of their last eleven games, and Boudreau was sacked after losing to the national team New York Rangers, “data-reactid =” 23 “> Bill Guerin, general manager of the first year, said he had found the right timing to switch from Boudreau and replace him with interim coach Dean Evason, although Wild had won seven of his last eleven games Boudreau was fired after losing to the New York Rangers.
” It’s not just a loss. It is not a week. It’s a number of things, ”Guerin said at a press conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. ” We have shown that we can be (one) the best teams in the league or the so-called best teams in the league. I think in some of the narrower game situations we could be a little bit better. ”
This is the eighth coaching change in the NHL this season, and Boudreau is the sixth to be fired for team performance reasons. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the best season in NHL history.
Minnesota is 27-23-7 and three points from a playoff spot in the Western Conference with 25 games remaining. Guerin hopes that a new voice from Evason will help Wild to return to the playoffs.
“This is just about winning games on the track,” said Guerin. “I expect this team to fight for a place in the playoffs.”
Boudreau, 65, was in his fourth season with the wild. He had been hired by Chuck Fletcher, who has since been released and when GM came to Philadelphia. Boudreau brought Minnesota into the playoffs in his first two seasons.
Guerin took over one season last summer after GM’s dismissal of Paul Fenton. He said it was not his intention when he was asked to fire Boudreau.
“We had a good working relationship and we also saw ourselves as people,” said Guerin. ” I like Bruce. He’s a good guy and I was going to go through with it. I came in frankly and had made no decision. It was just something I had been thinking about for a while and I felt that today was the day. ”
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Evason is in his second season with the Wild after coaching the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League for the past six years. He was an assistant under Boudreau for parts of five seasons in Washington.
Guerin said the front office would be looking for a full-time coach after the end of this season. At the moment it is Evason’s team.
“Dean has his own thoughts and beliefs and what he believes will bring us success,” said Guerin. ” I have complete confidence in him. The only thing I really like about Dean is his passion, his fire for the game. I hope that affects the players. ”
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