Blue Jackets offer Boucher coaching job

According to RDS, the Columbus Blue Jackets have officially offered Guy Boucher their head coaching position.

If he were to accept the job, Boucher would become, at 38, the youngest head coach in the National Hockey League.

The view from Columbus.

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Louis Leblanc’s rights have been traded from Chicoutimi to Montreal.

This paves the way for Leblanc to leave Harvard and play in the Q under the watchful eyes – albeit fewer of them, after the scouting purge – of the Canadiens.

Leblanc could attend McGill while playing for the Juniors.

Chicoutimi got Montreal’s first-round pick in the 2011 midget draft and 18-year-old forward Guillaume Asselin.


  1. Mark C says:

    FYI: per the new CBA there is no draft comp. for losing a head coach.

  2. crabvader says:

    I was just thinking. How about instead of signing Pleks, we use the money for a lesser (but not much lesser) centerman and winger like Colby Armstrong if he’s available?

    We have too much money already spent on individual salaries… We need to spread out our talent and having just 4 guys who you count on to get points or momentum going isn’t a good strategy.

    If we could free up space with Andrei K’s salary and Hamr’s too… That would be even better.

  3. habs03 says:

    Ya, I think a lot of people care since RDS shows all the Habs games. I know a lot of people don’t like Brunet, but I really like Joel Bouchard, even though my French isn’t the best I like him a more than Brunet, I think Marc Denis is very good too.


  4. crabvader says:

    Good. Brunet isn’t made for commentary.

    Bouchard s’exprime bien.

    He is also much less of a negative nancy, too. I mean, why complain when your team is winning?

    It’s alright to point out things that shouldn’t be done… but it gets tiring to hear when you just want to enjoy watching the W.

  5. crabvader says:

    Why would Chris Nilan be on HI/O when there are plenty of stores with enticing speedos to “look” at.

  6. Omit says:

    You’ll have to do better than that because you’re reasons are full of ****.

    1)  He is a mouthpiece for the owners and knows how and what to say to the public for PR purposes.  The Canadiens are a Quebec team where the majority of fans are french-speaking and they want some representation of that fact.  Therefore, he says things like this to assure the fans that he is with them on this subject.

    2) He is not involved with hockey operations because he has no hockey knowledge. He didn’t hire Gainey, Gauthier, or anybody else for that matter. He hasn’t drafted a player, waived a player, benched a player, or anything else directly related HOCKEY.

    3) Since he has nothing to do with hockey operations, it is not his fault that the Stanley Cup has not been brought to Montreal during his tenure.

    I know that you will continue to persist with this little fantasy while living in Hamilton, but I live in Montreal and the only time Boivin appears in public is to make announcements pertaining to charity events, statues outside the Bell Centre, etc…, etc…  I’ve learned that on this site, there is no changing someone’s mind.

    Btw, I’m still formulating a wager based on our previous discussion about the leafs and Habs. If you’re still interested.


  7. Ayan_SB says:

    Thanks … not sure if anyone realy cares.

    Nice backhanded compliment dude.

    Since RDS shows all 82 regular season plus playoff games, for the fans who watch the games (and you’re not much of a fan if you don’t) I’m sure there are quite a few people who care to know that Brunet will reportedly be replaced by Bouchard next year.

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    “The Ghost” may also have given Boucher certain promises/guarantees behind closed doors if he doesn’t join the Jackets though. Like we really know what comes out of the Canadiens front office, CSIS wishes they had the Canadiens ability to keep things quiet.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  9. Ayan_SB says:

    Actually, just found this quote by Gauthier concerning Guy Boucher

    «Non seulement on ne peut pas empêcher nos hommes de hockey d’améliorer
    leur situation, mais au contraire, on va les aider, a indiqué Gauthier.
    Car il y a très peu de jobs disponibles pour faire avancer leur

    That’s great PG, while you’re at it, why don’t you help couple of teams sign Plekanec too?

  10. Deano says:

    Thanks … not sure if anyone realy cares.  Personally I only care if someone can score, stop pucks or inspire a team to win.  All others are just passengers (just like me).

  11. SeriousFan09 says:



    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  12. Ayan_SB says:

    Don’t know if this has been posted yet but

    me chuchote que Benoit Brunet ne serait pas de retour aux matchs du CH
    sur RDS la saison prochaine. J.Bouchard serait son successeur.


  13. Deano says:

    Drafting is a crap shoot.  I will take a 10% chance of getting a PK (2nd round) for a coach that has a year or two left on a contract (not sure what Boucher has).

    What I am sure about is, that coaching in the pressure cooker like MTL is is not easy.  Cut your teeth somewhere else and then come home.

    I do not think (IMHO) that even GB will turn around a below average team into a Stanley Cup winner.  However, I do believe they will turn him in to a veteran.


  14. Chris says:

    “Players simply had more character back then than they do know.”

    And that line is the biggest BS in history.  Players have no more or less character today than they did before.  What they DO have is a lot more leverage…head coaches can’t act like tyrants anymore, or they are gone.  There have always been gentlemanly hockey players, and there have always been coaches scourges…that hasn’t changed with the times.

    Another thing that hasn’t changed since pre-historic times is the ranting of the older generations about the lack of moral fibre, the lack of manners and the selfishness of the generation behind them.  There was a great article in the Globe and Mail a while back about this, and people had a lot of fun in the comments section coming up older and older versions of with “Kids these days don’t know how easy they’ve got it!”  They managed to get back to a few centuries B.C. with attributed quotes to that effect.

  15. Tis Himself says:

    Given Timmon’s drafting record, are you sure about that?

  16. Tis Himself says:

    Given Lamoriello’s respect for the Canadiens organization, it wouldn’t be a surprise. I do, however, think that John MacLean deserves that job.

  17. Chris says:

    No, but your argument is based solely on that experience will make them ready for the next step.

    To be honest, experience coaching in the OHL and even AHL is largely irrelevant for the NHL.  Look no further than Brent Sutter or Craig Hartsburg as guys who were tremendously successful junior hockey coaches but whose NHL coaching record was spotty.

    You’ve got to give the young guys a chance and see how they handle millionaire egos, the pressures of the media and the high level of preparation that every NHL team brings to the table.  You can’t learn that stuff in junior hockey or the AHL…it is apples and oranges.

    Is Guy Boucher ready to be a good NHL coach?  No idea.  But if he doesn’t take his chances early in his career, as guys like Laviolette, Maurice, Clouston and Bylsma have done, than he runs the risk of being stuck as an AHlL coach or NHL assistant coach forever or he gets passed up for the next hot young coaching prospect.

    People should read about Perry Pearn’s frustrations with trying to break into the NHL coaching ranks.  He was often interviewed for head coaching positions but never hired.  Those interviews suddenly dried up and he no long has any realistic aspirations for an NHL head coaching job.

  18. Deano says:

    Thank god for the offer … maybe he will accept.  I’d rather have a draft choice than a first year coach with lots of promise.  Give me a 20 year coach with lots of scars any day.  Maybe (hopefully) he will learn a lot in Columbus (at their expense) and come back to God’s Country (Montreal) when they are done with him.

  19. Tis Himself says:

    Only Paul André Boutilier knows!

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    If they have, we won’t know what was said/not said between MTL’s front office and Boucher.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  21. Ayan_SB says:

    Have the Habs done anything to try to keep Boucher? It just seems like Columbus’ GM Scott Howson has been very persistant in trying to land Boucher.

  22. sidhu says:

    I wonder if the NJ Devils next will offer Muller their head coaching position….

    GB obviously can go where he pleases, but I selfishly hope he stays in the organization. 

  23. habs4ever2894 says:

    Is the guy that has the account name Chris Nilan actually Chris Nilan? 

  24. RetroMikey says:

    1.  The coach has to be a Francophone for the Habs according to him.

    2.  He gets involved in the hockey operations of the club,  peddles in the affirs of the GM (watch out Pierre!) while he should be strapped in his office and do what he is good at, being a pencil pusher that;s all.  Another Ronald Corey clone but worse!

    3.   He has not brought a Cup Montreal as Prez and never will, dollars are the only thing that matters to him and not the fans.

    And many other issues which I can write a book on him based on meeting him at serveal charity and golf functions in Ontatio.

    Happy now?

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  25. RetroMikey says:

    Can’t compare  a head coaching job  in 1986 to the present.

    Most players listened to the coach back then and had respect for the coach not like now being a head coach as with the case with Martin and little Sergei this season, it;s happening everywhere in the NHL and head coaches will tell you it is not an easy task to coach players today.

    Players simply had more character back then than they do know.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  26. camel_larry says:

    A shame. He joins the list: Souray, Streit, etc. and now Boucher.


    Go Habs Go!

  27. yathehabsrule says:

    Eric’s pretty reliable……most of the time.  Muller would be great in developing the young guys, but he is on record that his goal is an NHL head coaching position. He was pretty much the voice to the players, so going to the Bulldogs might be taken as an insult.



    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  28. RetroMikey says:

    I don;t trust what Eric Engels says or writes in his blog.  Gossip by Engels, that;s all.


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  29. RetroMikey says:

    Experiemce coaching the junior ranks yes but lacking at the pro level.  Impressive resume for a team looking for a coach to start at the ECHL, AHL level but not in the NHL.

    He still has to prove himself as a Head Coach which has more responsiblity than being an Assistant Caoch.

    His resume stats you supplied is similar to someone like Jacques Laperriere, a great Assistant Caoch in all levels of hockey but not good enought take the jump and become a head coach n the NHL.

    Those stats of Boucher as Assistant coach, what specific areas of the game did he specialize in?

    Bobby Boughner, coach of the Windor Spitfires, now that’s an up and comer who will be a fine head coach in the NHL based on being a head coach, making major decisions on the club and winning 2 Memorial Cups.  He’ll make that jump in the AHL, coach in the AHL for 2 or 3 seasons and be a fine NHL coach based on his experience being a head coach in junior and the semi-pro level.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  30. tippytoes says:

    Give us 3 reasons why you don’t like Pierre Boivin

  31. Treefingers says:

    think Columbus would accept Martin + AK for Boucher?

  32. Bill J says:

    Till he accepts – I am still hopeful.



  33. thepriceiswrong says:

    I am no Jacques Martin fan….


    BUT — when the habs were looking for a new coach, werent we all saying get someone with EXPERIENCE, we want to stop the trend of giving young french coaches their first shot in the NHL.

    Now all of a sudden we want Boucher? Columbus has more issues than just coaching. Boucher will be around in a few yrs if the habs are still interested in his services.

  34. ooder says:

    i agree exit.. it’s pathetic.. the blue jkackets have not contributed a single thing to the NHL


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  35. TripleX says:


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  36. MikeMcLaren says:

    So what’s the going contract for a rookie coach these days?  Two years?  Three years?

    I’m sure everyone here hopes it’s only two years, if Boucher accepts it.  I think there were many who were excited to see Boucher coach the Habs.  His players, to a man, seem to say he’s a special coach.

    But do we need to go through the recent list of rookie coaches in Montreal?

    Mario Tremblay
    Alain Vigneault
    Michel Therrien
    Claude Julien
    Guy Carbonneau

    French Canadians, first job in the league… maybe we let some other team break this one in for a change?


  37. Chris says:

    As a follow-up…

    Pater Laviolette started his NHL head coaching career in 2001-02 with the New York Islanders.  Prior to that, he had been the head coach for one season in the ECHL (1997-98), head coach for one season in the AHL (1998-99), followed by one season as the assistant coach in the NHL with Boston (1999-2000).  So he had a lot less experience than Boucher when he made his jump to head coach.

    When Paul Maurice was hired as head coach of the Hartford Whalers at age 28, he had 2 years of head coaching experience in the OHL plus 1 year as an assistant coach in the NHL.

    Even our boy, Jacques Martin, wasn’t all that experienced when he got his first job…  Martin had been an assistant coach for 2 seasons in the OHL and a head coach for one season in the OHL when he was given the reins of the St. Louis Blues in 1986.

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boivin has built a cash machine for the Canadiens owners, he’s not going anywhere.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

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