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Ducks retain coach Boudreau, fire assistant Lauer

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks announced Tuesday they will retain coach Bruce Boudreau but assistant coach Brad Lauer will not return next season.

It was the only staff change made by Anaheim general manager Bob Murray, who earlier this month was non-committal about the return of Boudreau before he completed his evaluation of players and staff.

"We’ve spent the last week evaluating everything from top to bottom, including all player and staff performance," Murray said in a statement. "This process is something I believe is essential each and every year, no matter the results of the season. We’ve decided to refocus and change the responsibilities of one of the assistant coach positions. We want to thank Brad Lauer for his hard work and dedication, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

Lauer was responsible for the Ducks power play, which was ranked 28th in the regular season and 22nd last season. Anaheim was eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final in seven games, the third straight season the Ducks lost Game 7 at home.

Lauer was hired with Boudreau on Nov. 30, 2011. Lauer previously was an assistant with the Ottawa Senators. Anaheim’s other assistant coach is Trent Yawney, who completed his first season with the Ducks.

Boudreau’s contract runs through the 2016-17 season.

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