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Boudreau believes Wild can win quickly

New coach calls Minnesota 'a really good team'

by @NHL

Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau likes what he sees on the roster he inherited after being named their fourth full-time coach Saturday.

Boudreau will replace John Torchetti, who served as the Wild's interim coach the final 10 weeks of the season after Mike Yeo was fired Feb. 13. 

Boudreau was fired by the Anaheim Ducks on April 29 after failing to win a Game 7 at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight season. He led Anaheim to the Pacific Division title each of those seasons.

Boudreau is expected to be formally introduced as Wild coach Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn.

"I think they're a really good team, and I think they can win," Boudreau told NHL Network on Sunday. "At my age, I think they can win in the next two years. I know they're in the toughest division in hockey, which in itself is a great challenge. But I think they can win and I'm hoping I can be a little bit of a help and assistance there."

Video: Boudreau on being hired as Wild Head Coach

Boudreau, 61, signed a four-year contract worth almost $12 million, according to reports.

In five seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau was 208-104-40. He also coached the Washington Capitals from 2007-12 and won the Jack Adams Award in 2008. He is 409-192-80 in nine NHL seasons.

After Boudreau was fired by the Capitals on Nov. 28, 2011, he was hired by the Ducks two days later. Boudreau was hired by the Wild eight days after being fired by the Ducks.

"I want [the Wild players] to know about me," Boudreau said. "I will be reaching out to all of them and talking to them, especially the ones that are in the area where I'm going to be. I'll drive up and have good conversations. So before we get to camp, everyone will know what to expect and we can hit the ground running."

Video: Bruce Boudreau off to Minnesota

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