Senators hire Guy Boucher

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The Ottawa Senators have announced that they’ve sign Guy Boucher to a three year contract to become the 12th head coach in franchise history.

“Over the past three weeks, Pierre Dorion and our hockey operations staff have undertaken a thorough and comprehensive search for our next head coach. Following a detailed evaluation of all coaching candidates, there was overwhelming consensus that Guy was our top candidate,” – Owner Eugene Melynk

Boucher’s Coach Career:
1996-97 McGill University Redmen (OUA), asst. coach
1997-00 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL), asst. coach
2000-02 Lac St. Louis Lions (Quebec Midget AAA), head coach
2003-06 Rimouski Oceanic (Quebec Midget AAA), asst. coach
2006-09 Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL), head coach
2009-10 Hamilton Bulldogs (QMJHL), head coach
2010-13 Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), head coach
2014-15 SC Bern (National League A), head coach

Boucher has a reputation of being an attention to details type coach, very systematic, which is something that could be beneficial to the team as long as they believe and buy into his system. If not he could lose the room, as was reported to have happened during his stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Update[09.05.16] – Boucher has brought on Marc Crawford to his coaching staff. I like this move, as Crawford is a players coach and can help offset Boucher.

“Hart” in Canada’s Capital

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Time may is running out for Senators GM Pierre Dorion to produce his list of two to three suitable Head Coaching candidates, as team Owner Eugene Melnyk told Prime Time Sports that he expects his team to have a short list by Friday.

As the playoffs roll along we’ve seen more teams letting go their coach, most recently Bruce Boudrea due to an early elimination, and yesterday the Calgary Flames announced that they had let go of their coach Bob Hartley.

Hartley was the toast of the league last season taking a weak rebuilding Calgary Flames team to the second round of the NHL Playoffs. He coached his team to a 48 – 28 – 6 record last year, winning the Jack Adams Award (as the leagues best coach.)

Perhaps to be expected, the Flames came back down to earth a bit this season going 35 – 40 – 7  I believe you could pin point it to poor goaltending.

We know that Mike Yeo, Guy Boucher, Randy Carlyle, Kevin Dineen, Marc Crawford, and Bruce Boudreau were all considered, but I think Hartley should be strongly considered and if he’s interested in the Senators he’d certainly be one of my top two choices.