The Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway and the Vancouver Canucks are not in it.
With the offseason just beginning for the Canucks, there will be lots of work to be done. What kind of moves will be made? We shall see.
It will be the first offseason for General Manager Patrik Allvin. He along with Canucks President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford sat down with the media on Tuesday to talk about the season that was and the offseason.
You can watch the full press conference here if you missed it.
Let’s go over some of the key quotes from Rutherford and Allvin’s year-end presser.
On Boudreau’s contract extension
Rutherford was asked about a potential contract extension for head coach Bruce Boudreau and if they want him back next season. Well, it turns out, an extension isn’t in the cards for Boudreau. For now.
“We would be willing to have him back under the contract that he agreed to when he came here and that’s certainly not to say that at the end of next year, we wouldn’t want him back if he continues to do the job he’s doing,” said Rutherford. “He continues to do the job he’s doing, we have an exclusive time period to negotiate a new contract at the end of next season and I just feel as good a job as he’s done, It wasn’t a full season. I feel that giving him a chance to take the team from training camp all the way through next season, you know, I guess we could get to a point where, partway through the season, we may decide to talk about that.”
So it looks like Rutherford and Allvin will decide if they want to keep Boudreau around after next season. Boudreau enjoys coaching in Vancouver and said there are talks.
“I told Patrik and Jim that I wanted to coach here next year,” said Boudreau to the media on Wednesday. “We’re just talking right now. Hopefully, things get done, I think they want me back and I know I want to be back.”
“I don’t view him as a lame-duck coach,” said Rutherford on Boudreau. “If you have a strong enough organization that supports the coach, and people that suggest he’s a lame duck because the players will decide not to listen to him. That won’t happen. The players who start not listening to him will be gone before him.”
Rutherford also revealed that the date for Boudreau to decide if he will return for his option year is June 1st.