The Anaheim Ducks coaching staff will see at least one change next season, as assistant coach Brad Lauer has been let go by the club following coaching evaluations made by GM Bob Murray. Coach Bruce Boudreau and assistant Trent Yawney both remained in their posts.
Three consecutive Game 7 exits had some wondering whether or not Bruce Boudreau would be back as Anaheim Ducks coach next season, but it looks as though Boudreau’s job is safe, as GM Bob Murray finished his review of the coaching staff and has decided the only change needed is at the assistant post.
Anaheim and Murray announced Tuesday that assistant coach Brad Lauer, who has been with the team since July 2012, will not return to the Ducks next season following Murray’s, “complete review of player, staff and coach evaluations.”
“We’ve spent the last week evaluating everything from top to bottom, including all player and staff performance,” Murray said in a release. “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.”
Before joining the Ducks in 2012, Lauer had previously been the assistant with the Syracuse Crunch, Ottawa Senators, Milwaukee Admirals and Kootenay Ice. Lauer, a former second-round pick of the New York Islanders, suited up for 323 NHL games and scored 44 goals and 111 points.
There has been no word on who, exactly, will replace Lauer behind the bench. Trent Yawney, another Ducks assistant, remained in his post, which leaves some wondering if Scott Niedermayer, already an assistant, will step in and take over some of the duties vacated by Lauer’s dismissal.
As for Boudreau, that he has maintained his post likely signals the Ducks wanting to give him at least one more shot at getting over the hump in the post-season and leading Anaheim to Stanley Cup glory. In each of the past three campaigns, the Ducks’ season has ended with a Game 7 loss at home. However, the consistent regular season success – the Ducks have won the Pacific Division for three consecutive seasons – has set Anaheim up in a great position every season.
Following the Western Conference final loss to the Chicago Blackhawks this season, Murray told reporters he was, “fairly happy with the overall performance of (the) coaching staff this year.”
Last season, Murray gave Boudreau a two-year contract extension that runs through to the end of the 2016-17 campaign.