Report: Guy Boucher Picked to Take Over Blue Jackets
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday that the team has chosen Boucher, and it's a matter now of working out a contract.
Portzline reports Boucher had two interviews with general manager Scott Howson, and it appears his lack of experience won't be a deterrent to making a hire.
For a coach with so little experience, Boucher does have an impressive resume.
He took over the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2008, after two years as an assistant in the Canadian major junior league. Boucher led the team to a 54-10-4 mark in 2008-2009, marking a 40-win improvement from the previous season.
The Voltigeurs won the Presidents Cup, which goes to the QMJHL playoff champion, and advanced to the 2009 Memorial Cup. They fell to eventual champion Windsor in the semifinals.
That huge season caught the eye of the pro ranks. Boucher was hired to take over the Hamilton Bulldogs -- Montreal's affiliate in the American Hockey League. He led Hamilton to 52 wins and a berth in the AHL's Western Conference Finals. Hamilton lost in seven games to Texas.
At only 38, Boucher would be the youngest coach in the NHL if he ends up taking the job. What's even more notable than his age is his lack of head-coaching experience at any level. Boucher is an attractive candidate because of his record in two years as a head coach (106-27-15).
The question is whether his methods will apply to the NHL. The Blue Jackets appear prepared to find out.
Boucher would take over for interim coach Claude Noel, who went 10-8-6 in 24 games after taking over as interim coach for the fired Ken Hitchcock.