"I'll start by first apologizing to Bruce. There was no reason for me to use his name in that quote in any way," Zucker said to the media on Saturday. "My intention with the quote was to state that everybody needs to be better ... 99.9% of that is on the players."
Zucker's comments were made after the Minnesota Wild lost 4-0 to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, dropping their record to 1-6-0.
Despite the harsh criticism, it seems Boudreau understood where his player was coming from.
"His whole thing was that everyone has to be better. He didn't intend, or want to center me out," Boudreau said.
The veteran forward clarified he still wants to see a stronger effort from his teammates.
"I stand by the fact that A) it was my mistake, but I also stand by the fact that everybody does need to be better."