07 June 2010
As per TSN tonight, Guy Boucher has accepted the job as head coach of the Lightning.
Earlier today, Boucher turned down an offer from CBJ over the weekend after having spent the weekend thinking about it. After only one year as head coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate) he had a 52-17-11 record. He will become the youngest HC in the NHL next year at the age of 38. As per Bob McKenzie's twitter, the deal is believed to be for four years.
If you think about the Lightning team as compared to CBJ, if Boucher also had the Lightning offer on the table at the same time, based on team roster alone, you can see why he would prefer a team like the Lightning with young guys like Stamkos and Hedman over CBJ. I was expecting the hire to be either Dineen, Boucher or Arniel, so it's not surprising that he has been hired. I don't know enough about him to comment on if I think he will be a good coach or not, but I can say with confidence that nothing can be as bad as what we've just had these past two years.
A formal announcement by the Lightning is expected to be made in the next day or two by the organization.