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LANCE HORNBY HINTS AT BRUCE BOUDREAU COMING HOME TO TORONTO

Toronto native and veteran NHL bench boss Bruce Boudreau may have his sights set on a return home, at least according to the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby, who suggested as much on Friday.

Boudreau's resume speaks for itself when it comes to his coaching ability, as the former Jack Adams Trophy winner ('07-'08) coached the Minnesota Wild to the lowest expected goals against per 60 minutes at 5v5 with a spectacular 1.94 expected goals against in that category, as well as the top expected goals share in the entire NHL at 54.5% from 2016-2019. To put that into perspective, the Leafs finished 27th/28th and 13th in those categories over that span.

Hornby indicated that Boudreau - who played parts of 7 seasons with the Maple Leafs through the late 70's and early 80's - might just be amenable to taking on a lesser role, such as the one vacated by former Leafs assistant coach Paul McFarland, working alongside Sheldon Keefe, a man 26-years his junior, if it means coming home and a chance at bringing Lord Stanley back to the city of Toronto.



Though Boudreau does not yet have his name etched on the Stanley Cup, he did come fairly close in 2014-15 when he coached the Anaheim Ducks to the Western Conference finals. The 65-year-old's no-nonsense approach to a responsible two-way game could be just what the doctor ordered in Toronto with a team that has struggled mightily to lock it down when it matters.

Toronto has not made it out of the first round in 15 years. Now, granted a good chunk of those years were seasons where the Leafs had missed the playoffs, but following four first-round exits to the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins (twice) and now the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boudreau does make a lot of sense for the Leafs, should the rumours prove true and should he be willing to take a demotion of sorts to return to his hometown team.

MIKE ARMENTI
AUGUST 14, 2020  (21H44)
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