Bruce Boudreau has basically been on the hot seat since before the season started. When the Canucks opted not to extend his contract last summer, it created a situation where he was entering his ‘lame duck’ year. With a management team in place that inherited the veteran bench boss instead of hiring him, it felt it was going to be a year of uncertainty for the 68-year-old.
That’s exactly how things have played out. Vancouver’s first half of the season was largely underwhelming with the team collecting just 37 points in their first 41 games and are well outside the playoff picture as things stand. Between that and a perceived desire for management to hire their own coach, there has been an expectation of change basically all season long.