Ruefrontenac.com reports Guy Boucher has taken the head coaching job with the Lightning.
At 38, Boucher becomes the youngest coach in the NHL – and possibly the best-educated..
Earlier today, the Columbus Post-Dispatch reported Boucher had turned down an offer to coach the Blue Jackets.
“Montreal”, posting on the Post-Dispatch story, says Columbus turned down two requests by Boucher: “bringing
with him his coaching staff and having carte blanche on ‘hockey’
Martin Leclerc’s exclusive story at ruefrontenac.com reports Boucher’s assistants, Martin Raymond et Daniel Lacroix, will accompany him to Florida.
There’s a McGill connection to all of this.
Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman worked with Mike Babcock in Detroit.
Babcock is a McGill grad and played for the Redmen, as did Boucher.
Raymond was Boucher’s teammate at McGill and coached the Redmen for 12 years before joining Boucher in Hamilton this season.
It seems those options included at least two two NHL offers.
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