Canucks president Jim Rutherford apologizes for how Bruce Boudreau's firing was handled

The Vancouver Canucks fired head coach Bruce Boudreau and changed him with Rick Tocchet on Sunday in a relocation that was reported to be on the horizon for weeks.

In the month leading up to his shooting, Boudreau more than as soon as fielded concerns about his task security and got psychological in interview on numerous events. His impending shooting was such a badly concealed that Canucks fans even dealt with Saturday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers as a wholehearted send-off for the 68-year-old coach.

During the Canucks’ interview to reveal the training modification, group president Jim Rutherford confessed to having remorses about how the circumstance was dealt with. He blamed his own bluntness for the limitless speculation around Boudreau this season.

Here’s what he needed to state:

“Now, part of this process, and I will apologize to Bruce for this, is probably in my interviews over the course of the season. When people ask me a question I’m probably too direct and too honest. That goes back to my comment about the team playing with more structure and things like that. I’ve done that my whole career. I’ve tried to be honest. I’ve tried to answer the best I can, and sometimes that affects certain people. In this case, it probably did affect him.

“I’m sorry I did that, and I’ve gained from it, so I’ve chose that I require to zip it. I’m not gonna speak about the group. I’m gonna let (GM Patrick Allvin) and Rick Tocchet speak about the group and simply keep away from those things.”

Rutherford stated he still thinks about Boudreau a buddy, and he said sorry on behalf of the whole franchise for leaving him out to dry.

“Unfortunately, it turned out the way that it did,” Rutherford stated. “No one takes great pride in this. I’ve known Bruce for a very long time. He’s been a friend, and I feel very bad about it. If I’ve offended anybody in the process, I apologize personally on behalf of the Canucks.”

As current as Jan. 16, Rutherford talked to press reporters about Tanner Pearson’s season-ending injury and the instructions of the group as a whole. Rutherford kept in mind that Boudreau was the head coach “right now,” however he likewise verified that he had actually been talking to possible training prospects.

“I’ll say I have, and I’m not gonna get into names,” Rutherford stated. “This is even going back a couple of months ago. I have called a few people to talk to people, yes. But with that, it was clear that I’m calling and talking, but I don’t know that we’re making a change. And don’t want to make a change.”

Boudreau was employed by the Canucks in the middle of a frustrating 2021-22 season after Travis Green was fired, and he offered the group with a much-needed increase. However, Vancouver left to another unpleasant start once again this season, and the heat showed up on Boudreau quickly. He leaves the Canucks with a general record of 50-40-13.

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