Evason behind the bench in Wild's game on Saturday versus San Jose

Boudreau fired with 25 games left

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February 14, 2020 - 10:19 am
Dean Evason

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Dean Evason is behind the bench on Saturday night when the Wild take on San Jose at the Xcel Energy Center.

He takes over following Friday's firing of head coach Bruce Boudreau

Boudreau was in his fourth season with the Wild, who fell to 27-23-7 after Thursday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild squandered a two-goal lead with the Rangers sending the game to overtime with a goal at 1:06 remaining in the third period.

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Since he was hired prior to the 2016-17 season, Boudreau's record leading the Wild was 158-110 with 35 overtime losses.

Boudreau also was head coach of the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.

His career coaching record in the NHL is 567-302 and 115 overtime losses.

Boudreau's playing career included time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

He also put in one season with the old Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association, scoring three goals and adding six assists in the 1975-76 season.

The black mark against Boudreau is his inability to win on the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In ten postseason appearances, Bourdreau's teams has made it past the second round of the playoffs just once.

That came in 2015 when he was with Anaheim.

Four times Boudreau has taken a team to a deciding game seven in a playoff series, and has come up empty all four times.

In each of those heart-breaking series, Boudreau's team held a 3 games-to-2 lead.

In each of his first two seasons with the Wild, the team was ousted in the first round.

The Wild failed to make the playoffs last season and is now making a late surge at a wild card spot.

Boudreau was hired by the Wild one week after he was let go by the Ducks, agreeing to a four-year contract.

He replaced interim coach John Torchetti, who was brought in after Mike Yeo was fired midway through his fifth season.

Evason becomes the sixth head coach in Wild history.





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