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Tocchet, Boudreau, Horvat & More

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In this edition of the Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors, the organization makes a coaching change as they fired Bruce Boudreau and hired Rick Tocchet. Meanwhile, more teams are interested in trading for 2023 All-Star Bo Horvat. Lastly, goalie Thatcher Demko is expected to return soon.

Boudreau Fired, Tocchet Hired

The Canucks announced the organization made multiple changes to their coaching staff on Sunday. General manager Patrik Allvin said the club fired head coach Boudreau and assistant coach Trent Cull. Additionally, the Canucks hired Tocchet as the team’s 21st head coach, Adam Foote as an assistant coach and Sergei Gonchar as a defensive development coach.

Rick Tocchet, former Arizona Coyotes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The franchise fired Boudreau after 103 games behind the bench. He posted a record of 50-40-13 during his time with the organization. After weeks of reports stating a Tocchet will replace Boudreau, the Canucks announced the change. President of hockey operations Jim Rutherford apologized to Boudreau for being too honest about the organization’s plans to find a new head coach over the past few weeks.

Tocchet previously served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008 to 2010 and the Arizona Coyotes from 2017 to 2021. He has a history with Allvin and Rutherford during their time with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“Rick Tocchet brings a wealth of knowledge to this team from both a coach and player perspective,” Allvin said” “He has had more than two decades of coaching experience, guiding teams of various styles. As a player, he displayed a high level of character, grit and intensity, while recording impressive offensive numbers.

“We are also excited about the additions of Adam Foote and Sergei Gonchar to our coaching staff. Both individuals enjoyed long, successful playing careers as NHL defencemen and together provide a wide range of expertise on both sides of the puck. Tocchet, Foote, and Gonchar all bring a championship pedigree to the organization and we look forward to welcoming them to Vancouver.”

Tocchet held his first practice with the team on Monday and will coach his first game on Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He reportedly signed a three-year, $2.75 million per year deal with the Canucks.

Bruins & Wild Interested in Horvat

Rutherford has a reputation for making trades earlier than the trade deadline, and Canucks fans should expect that to be the case this season. Interest in Horvat is picking up…

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