New Jersey Devils: 4 Coaching Situations Team Should Pay Attention To

Head coach of the New Jersey Devils Lindy Ruff (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Head coach of the New Jersey Devils Lindy Ruff (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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Head Coach Bruce Boudreau of the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

Vancouver Canucks – Bruce Boudreau

It’s pretty much known at this point that Bruce Boudreau’s contract is basically a one-year deal with a ton of different options. Jim Rutherford and Patrick Allvin are going into their first offseason in charge, and Boudreau is the main reason why this Vancouver Canucks team even had a sliver of hope to make the postseason. He is going to come up short in the end, but he got people in the building, got the most out of Elias Petterson, and turned a lot of the star players around. He’s getting the best out of J.T. Miller, and the team has a lot of promise going into next year.

Despite all that, there are rumors the Canucks could look elsewhere to find a new coach. Should the Devils jump on the chance to have Bruce Boudreau be the team’s head coach?

Boudreau might not be the head coach to take the Devils to the Stanley Cup Championship, but that can’t be the goal right now. The Devils made the playoffs once since going to the Cup Final in 2012. They’ve won one playoff game. Can’t Boudreau get them to two playoff wins at least?

The Devils need to figure out what’s next before making a decision like hiring Bruce Boudreau. Maybe they would rather have a coach grow with this squad after taking a chance on Ruff, but there isn’t really patience for that at this point. The Devils are paying the big bucks to Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. They can’t just waste time anymore. Boudreau can at least get a positive regular season out of this group. At this point, that needs to be the goal.