The Vancouver Canucks may not be playing hockey games until after the holiday break, but that won’t stop the mailbag from making its return to The Canuck Way. So let’s get after it and dive into your questions!
COVID-19 seems to be the only thing that can stop Bruce Boudreau right now. The Canucks’ new head coach has gone a perfect 6-0-0 behind the bench. Through that winning streak, Vancouver has outscored their opponents 21-10, and it’s largely due to Boudreau’s ability to get his best players back to playing exactly that – their best.
After one of the worse starts in franchise history (8-15-2), one of the NHL’s most winningest head coaches of all time (990GP-573W-302-115) has been able to turn that hockey team upside down and completely rejuvenate the roster from top to bottom. The team is currently one win away from getting back to even, and the playoff picture that was once thought invisible is now somewhat of a possibility.
It would be difficult for Boudreau to be awarded the Coach of the Year award given the fact that he didn’t coach his first game with the Canucks until game 26 of the 82-game regular season, but with the way he’s winning hockey games, the question is definitely warranted.
As entertaining as the streak has been, I expect things to settle down and even out as the season goes on. That’s not to say that Boudreau isn’t worthy of the conversation, I just think it might be too little too late to capture the award. But if the Canucks make the playoffs, all bets are off and Boudreau could very well be in the mix.