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Bruce Boudreau on new Wild assistant Bob Woods: 'He gets me'

A year after many in the hockey world thought it would happen, Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods have been reunited.

Woods, Boudreau longtime confidante and friend, will be announced as Scott Stevens’ replacement as a Wild assistant coach this morning. He’ll join John Anderson, another of Boudreau’s best friends, on the bench. Darby Hendrickson remains in his role as assistant coach, too.

Woods, 49, a former defenseman, was Boudreau’s player assistant with the 1998-99 championship Mississippi Sea Wolves team in the ECHL. After Boudreau left for AHL Lowell then Manchester, Woods stayed in Biloxi to coach and be GM before joining Boudreau in Hershey as an assistant.

They won the Calder Cup together their first year in 2005-06, then lost in the finals the next year. Boudreau got “called up” to be the Washington Capitals’ coach in 2007-08 and Woods took over the Bears before winning a title in 2008-09. Woods joined Boudreau in Washington the next 2 ½ years before coming to Anaheim with him for two seasons.

Last season, Woods, after a stint as coach and GM with the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League, was an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres and largely credited for coaching the league’s top-ranked power play.

In his career, Woods has helped develop young defensemen like Cam Fowler, Karl Alzner, John Carlson and Mike Green..

“He’ll push me and I’ll push him,” Boudreau said. “He knows how to coach and mold young kids, and he knows the game well enough and he’s old enough that I think he’ll be a great communicator with the Suts’ (Ryan Suter) and the older guys that we have on our team.”

Woods will coach the defensemen and penalty kill. He’ll call the blue-line line changes from the bench. Anderson will continue to work with the power play, but as always, Boudreau said it’s a collaborative effort amongst the coaching staff.

“I thought long and hard about it and I think we’ll work really good as a group,” Boudreau said. "He’s very supportive of me and we’ve won everywhere. And he knows me. He knows when I’m going off the edges and stuff like that, he knows when to pull me in. It’s like an old girlfriend that you’ve been around for a long time. They know you after awhile. And he does. He knows me and he gets me.”

Boudreau also wanted it known that a report in Canada that Mike Kitchen turned down the Wild’s job is untrue. Boudreau and the longtime coach are friends and Boudreau talked to Kitchen about the job, but Kitchen said he doesn’t want to coach this season and the job was never offered to him.

Wild trades Jordan Schroeder to Columbus for minor leaguer

A few days after Jordan Schroeder was informed by the Wild that the team didn't plan to tender him a qualifying offer, the Wild's giving him a chance by sending him to the Columbus Blue Jackets for minor-leaguer Dante Salituro.

If QOed by Monday, Schroeder, 26, will be a restricted free agent rather than an unrestricted free agent.

The Lakeville native and 2009 first-round pick by the Vancouver Canucks is headed to his third team. He scored 11 goals and 25 points in 88 games over parts of three seasons for the Wild. He scored 13 points in 37 games this season yet didn't play in the playoffs.

Salituro, 20, is a 5-9, 175-pound right-shot center that will be a depth player in Iowa. He played 12 games in the ECHL last season and finished up with the OHL London Knights. He scored 37 and 38 goals his last two full seasons with OHL Ottawa.

He has two years left on a two-way contract that pays him $725,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the minors, per capfriendly.

If something big comes down with the Wild, it'll most likely occur closer to tonight's draft.

Marco Scandella is the most likely defenseman to go. I still think it would be mostly for futures (picks/prospects). Again, unless the Wild plans on trading one of Mikael Granlund or Nino Niederreiter, they don't have the cap space to re-sign them and conduct the rest of business this summer if a trade brings a significant contract back.

Also, as I reported in today's paper via sources, Bob Woods is definitely the Wild's new assistant coach. I hear he attended the Wild draft dinner last night and I saw him walk into the NHL coaching meeting today.

He'll change the D from the bench and coach the penalty kill. He has worked with young D before like John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Cam Fowler and Mike Green. He played for Bruce Boudreau in Mississippi and coached with him in Hershey, Washington and Anaheim.

More later.

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