JAN 24, 2023 (4:11 PM)
REPORT: THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR BRUCE BOUDREAU'S FIRING IS REVEALED
Now that the move is done, new information is being released. One piece of information in particular is very pertinent - a main reason for Boudreau's firing was in hopes of keeping of one particular player.
The Canucks surprised everybody when they signed JT Miller to a seven-year, $56-million extension.
This move strapped them in with Miller long-term, and essentially ruined the chances of them re-signing captain Bo Horvat.
We now know that Tocchet was brought in to get Horvat to stay.
Tocchet was known as the Kessel Whisperer back in Pittsburgh, as he was known for his ability to calm tensions. Phil Kessel has a very strong personality, that some coaches couldn't manage. This type of drive would hopefully convince Horvat to stay.
Hopefully this works out, as the PR nightmare from the coaching change is going to be difficult to surmount.
Source: Hockey Feed
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