Reports: Guy Boucher To Be the Guy For Tampa Bay Lightning

June 8th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
It's not official, but numerous outlets are reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning are about to name AHL Coach of the Year, Guy Boucher, head coach.

After 12 seasons in Quebec Major Junior, Boucher took over the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, a Montreal Canadiens affiliate. He led the team to an impressive 52-17-11 record for 115 points, and won the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award for Coach of the Year.

Some reports indicate that Boucher turned down the head coaching position with the Columbus Blue Jackets to join new Bolts General Manager Steve Yzerman in Tampa Bay.

When he was hired, Yzerman made it clear he wouldn't be married to the typical retread coaches that seem to bop from team to team.

"What I'm looking for is a strong leader, someone who will make decisions," Yzerman said. "I know some young potential coaches that may be available."

It was believed that Kevin Dineen, head coach of AHL's Portland Pirates, was the leading candidate to get the Lightning job.

Others mentioned included Scott Arniel, who took the Columbus Blue Jackets job, former Lightning Player Gerard Gallant, who coaches Canadian Junior ...

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