ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Coach Bruce Boudreau's shortened debut season with the Anaheim Ducks was good enough to keep him around for a whole lot longer.
The Ducks signed Boudreau to a two-year contract extension Thursday, locking up their respected coach through the 2014-15 season.
Anaheim rewarded Boudreau for reviving the struggling Ducks after he replaced Stanley Cup-winning coach Randy Carlyle, who was fired Nov. 30. The Ducks went 27-23-8 under Boudreau, compiling one of the NHL's best records after the All-Star break.
"This team, we've just started going where we want to go," Boudreau said. "If we had started a little bit earlier, anything could have happened. These playoff teams, we competed with all these teams, going tooth and nail."
After a lifetime spent mostly on the East Coast, the Toronto native is finally getting used to California's sunshine and warmth as well.
"It's certainly nice waking up every morning," Boudreau said with a chuckle. "Being an East Coast guy my whole life, I didn't know what it would be like. It was a lot easier to come to work every day than I thought it would be. I used to think, 'How do they do it every day?'"
Two days before he took over in Anaheim, Boudreau was fired by the Washington Capitals, who won the 2010 Presidents' Trophy and made the playoffs four times during his four years in charge, but had little postseason success. Boudreau also won the 2008 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.
He is 228-111-48 in his NHL coaching career with Anaheim and Washington, winning 200 games faster than any coach in modern league history. He earned 184 wins in his first 300 NHL games, the most by any coach in league history.