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Boudreau in Minnesota: 'This is the last place I'm going'

Bruce Boudreau's teams have been remarkably consistent and successful over nearly a decade on the bench in the NHL.

They've also had a history of early exits from the playoffs. Otherwise, the 61-year-old coach would not have been available to the Minnesota Wild.

Though the Wild have qualified for the postseason four straight times, this is a bunch that is badly in need of stability after several years of sudden sharp turns along the chase for a championship.

"They need a different voice," general manager Chuck Fletcher said, "and Bruce's experience, as well as his tremendous passion for the game and his hockey IQ, I believe will allow him to push this...

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