Former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has met with the Minnesota Wild and is expected to meet with the Ottawa Senators next week to discuss their coaching vacancies, TSN reported Wednesday.
"I can say that I've had conversations," Boudreau told Sportsnet on Tuesday without identifying the teams. "… You always wonder if you're doing good work. So when other teams are interested in talking to you, sure, that's a good thing."
Boudreau was fired by the Ducks on April 29, two days after losing to the Nashville Predators in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.
"I was sort of waiting to be fired," Boudreau told Sportsnet writer Damien Cox. "I expected it to happen. I was worried about it all the time. ... So in the end, it was more of a relief than anything."
The Wild have not made a decision on coach John Torchetti, who replaced Mike Yeo during the season (Feb. 14). The Senators fired coach Dave Cameron on April 12, and the Calgary Flames fired Bob Hartley on Tuesday. The Ducks are the only other NHL team with an opening.
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"There are only 30 of these jobs," Boudreau said. "For me to be holier than thou and think I can pick and choose, well, I just hope I'm lucky enough to be offered one job."
Boudreau was out of a job for three days after being fired by the Washington Capitals before being hired by the Ducks during the 2011-12 season. In 10 seasons with the Capitals and Ducks, Boudreau is 409-192-80. His teams won nine division titles, but he is 1-7 in Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s and has never reached the Stanley Cup Final.
"I don't know if I would say I'm confident I'll get another job," he said. "After 33 years in the minors you don't take anything for granted. You just hope you're given an opportunity.
"I've always had to fight for everything. So I'm not about to start thinking people are going to be knocking down my door."