Bruce Boudreau might be in for his second straight half-season with the Anaheim Ducks. During the second half of last year, the newly-hired Boudreau was able to get the Ducks within striking distance of a playoff spot after an abysmal first half under previous head coach Randy Carlyle.
Boudreau is set to get another shot behind the bench. It's uncertain whether that shot will begin this year or next based on the resolution (or lack thereof) of the current NHL lockout.
Whenever the puck does drop, it's clear that Boudreau will have some interesting decisions to make, and will undoubtedly be required to re-work the strategy behind his largely unchanged roster from last season.
While Boudreau has only secondary influence when it comes to roster moves, the on-ice strategy and lineup of the team will be entirely within his jurisdiction. With Anaheim's 2011-2012 season unquestionably a disappointment, Boudreau will need to make several changes to both the Ducks offensive and defensive gameplan moving forward.