Pretty much to be expected after a round one exit. Boudreau just can't seem to make it out of the playoffs, but he has done a great job with the Caps and Ducks of building a team. I don't expect him to be out of a job for long. Meanwhile, Anaheim will need to search for someone who can pull this team together while they are still able to compete and make a drive for the Stanley Cup.

The Anaheim Ducks announced Friday morning that head coach Bruce Boudreau has been relieved of his duties. The move comes on the heels of the team's fourth consecutive playoff ouster in a Game 7 on home ice, this time in the first round to the Nashville Predators.

Boudreau is now 1-7 all-time in Game 7 situations, having coached in four with the Washington Capitals and four with the Ducks.

Boudreau is quite possibly one of the best coaches in the game today despite that ugly Game 7 history. His regular-season record puts him among the all-time greats in terms of winning percentage, but his teams' continued struggles in the postseason have done him in once again. Maybe it's just bad luck, but whatever the reason, Boudreau's teams have had the hardest time coming up with wins in the biggest games of their season.

The Ducks won four consecutive Pacific Division titles with Boudreau, the last being the most unlikely of the bunch after the team was sitting in last place at the Christmas break. They ended up being the best team in the league from that point on in terms of record. The only season they didn't win the division with Boudreau at the helm was when he took over with 58 games remaining in the season in 2011-12. He was hired that year two days after being let go by the Capitals.

In each season Boudreau has had a full 82 games with a team behind the bench, his teams have won their division. The Capitals also won in his first season when he took over the team with 61 games remaining. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year that same season.

Looking at the full body of work, there are a few coaches that can match Boudreau's regular-season success. There are the eight division titles right off the bat. He was also the fastest coach to both his 300th and 400th wins and now has 409 in 681 games over his career. His regular-season points percentage is highest among all coaches in league history (min. 300 games coached). Even Scotty Bowman, the all-time winningest coach in NHL history, trails his .659 mark by just .002.

Boudreau led the Ducks to a 208-104-40 record in his four-plus seasons with the team. Despite his Game 7 struggles, the Ducks did manage to win three playoff series under Boudreau. With the talent they've had, they probably should have done better. Last year, they were a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, but fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Games 6 and 7 to miss out on the opportunity.

There are 681 games in the regular season as a body of work that says he is a good coach. Boudreau also actually has a winning record in the playoffs with a 38-35 mark. However, it's that 1-7 record in Game 7s that very well could motivate teams to pass on him; eight games out of the 754 he's coached.

There's no question that when the stakes are higher, you have to find a way to win. Bowman's success wasn't measured in the many wins he built up over his career, but the many Stanley Cups his teams collected. Boudreau is still seeking that elusive trophy, but he deserves another shot to get there.

As of right now, there is only one other job that is officially open. The Ottawa Senators have a vacancy and have already begun interviewing candidates. Boudreau probably should slide up higher on their list. The Minnesota Wild job could also become available. Interim head coach John Torchetti has not been given the full-time job yet, though he remains a candidate to stay in the role heading into next season. Boudreau's availability may change that as he could bring a fresh perspective to the lower-scoring Wild.

The Ducks had no choice but to make a change. It's tough to know if it's the right one, but you can only try the same thing so many times with the same results. They have multiple players on big contracts and many more to get signed this offseason. GM Bob Murray is going to have to figure out if he has the right mix and who out there might be the best man to get a talented roster over the hump in the playoffs.

Among the available candidates, both assistant coaches in Anaheim -- Paul MacLean and Trent Yawney -- have head-coaching experience in the NHL and would seem to be good options if the team wants to maintain some level of continuity. Free agents on the market include Guy Boucher, former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach; Marc Crawford, who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche; Mike Yeo, formerly of the Minnesota Wild; ex-Ducks coach Randy Carlyle and a number of others.

It will be interesting to see where they go, but they'll be hard pressed to find a better coach than Boudreau even if his postseason struggles are well documented. The Ducks still have to believe they're well within their Stanley Cup window, so this decision couldn't be more important.

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