Boudreau will re­turn as Ducks coach

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - Staff and wire re­ports — L ance Pug­mire

As ex­pected, Bruce Boudreau will re­turn for a fourth sea­son as coach of the Ducks, but a mem­ber of his staff was fired Tues­day as Gen­eral Manager Bob Mur­ray con­cluded player and staff eval­u­a­tions.

Brad Lauer, an as­sis­tant coach re­spon­si­ble for for­wards and the power play, was fired af­ter Ana­heim fin­ished a sur­pris­ing 28th in the NHL in pow­er­play suc­cess (15.3%) dur­ing the regular sea­son.

Mur­ray ex­plained that his de­ci­sion was par­tially made to help re­shape the as­sis­tant coach’s role.

“We’ve spent the last week eval­u­at­ing ev­ery­thing from top to bot­tom, in­clud­ing all player and staff per­for­mance,” Mur­ray said in a state­ment emailed to re­porters.

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