Guy Boucher Tabbed as New Columbus Blue Jackets Coach

June 6th, 2010 by Tyler Charles Leave a reply »
News leaked last Friday that the Columbus Blue Jackets have offered Guy Boucher their open head coaching position, despite no official word from general manager Scott Howson or the Montreal Canadiens, Boucher's parent club.  

Boucher, currently the head coach of the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs, is one of hockey's hottest coaching commodities.

He led the Bulldogs to a 52-17-3-8 record, best in the AHL Western Conference.  Hamilton made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they fell to the Texas Stars in seven games.

Jackets fans and analysts alike have deemed this offseason the most important in franchise history. 

When former coach Ken Hitchcock was fired in February, only 10 months removed from taking the team to the playoffs for the first time, it sent a message that mediocrity was no longer acceptable in Columbus.

Howson's decision to offer the position to Boucher is not surprising to anyone who has followed the Jackets' coaching search over the last couple of months. 

It is unfortunate that this news was leaked before a coach actually signed a co ...

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