We know who the prime candidates are for the Rangers' vacant head coaching position. Alain Vigneault, Lindy Ruff, Dallas Eakins are at the top of the list and, if certain unfortunate dominos fall into place, Dan Bylsma could be following his team's playoff ouster at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
One name that's barely getting a sniff is former Lightning bench boss Guy Boucher. The same Guy Boucher who, in his first season as head coach, took Tampa Bay to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and lost -- to the Bruins, ironically. The same coach whose team went 7-16-1 before getting the ax March 24 this season, prompting Lightning GM Steve Yzerman to assert 'philosophical differences' arose and a change was needed.
Whether he got a bad wrap (and judging from lack of goaltending and defense in Tampa during his tenure, he did) or the blame is solely his, Guy Boucher deserves another shot in the NHL.
Why not with the New York Rangers?
In New York, Boucher would have the No. 1 goalie, young defense and the skaters necessary to play his style of hockey to be successful. His infamous 1-3-1 forecheck, the very formation that gave the Flyers fits in the past, could be a nice wrinkle with forwards like Carl Hagelin at his disposal. Boucher also demands solid two-way play from his forwards -- Derek Stepan sounds like just the player to lead the charge in that vein.
The biggest change would be Boucher's approach. He's a players coach (the anti-Torts the team apparently covets at the moment) and relies on communication with his players. His youthful exuberance and energy might be the shot in the arm the team needs after a disappointing season.
Pundits have said Glen Sather is targeting a coach to maximize the talent over the next 1-2 years, which leads everyone to a name like Vigneault, rightfully so. He's gotten to within a game of winning a Stanley Cup and has had accomplished regular seasons. Experts have also claimed New York doesn't want a coach that will grow with the team, hinting the next coach is just a short-term solution.
Guy Boucher would satisfy both.
At 41, Boucher is much younger than some of the ideal candidates yet boasts an exceptional 17-year coaching career. Rising up the ranks from 1996-97 with the McGill Redman as an assistant, Boucher has two President's Cups and two Memorial Cup appearances in the QMJHL as an assistant and head coach. He led the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) in 2009 to a 52-17-11 record in his first season as head coach (also won Coach of the Year). Boucher's record in his first season as NHL coach was 46-25-11, including the aforementioned Eastern Conference finals run.
Sounds like maximizing talent from the outset if you ask me.
What it will come down to is if Sather believes Boucher can get the job done and if certain top players (Henrik Lundqvist) would respond positively to this type of coaching move. The team's championship 'window' could close as early as the 2014 offseason depending on certain personnel decisions. The Rangers, essentially, are looking to hit a home run next season.
Guy Boucher could be the homerun hitter New York needs behind the bench.
I truly dont understand why you seem to be endorsing every retread coach that is out there, yet you continue to be against 1 of the greatest leaders in sport history as coach.
How about this for a trade if Pitt sees the writing on the wall and decides to get something in return for Malkin at any point.
Teams and who they recieve:
NYR- Evgeni Malkin + Carolina dman (lower caliber)
CAR- Marc Staal+ NYR prospect + NYR 1st rounder
PIT- Jeff Skinner + Justin Faulk + Carolina prospect + Carolina 1st rounder
Now that would be a trade...
This post will probably be forgotten, but remember I said it... Next year is going to be a great year for hockey... America is going to win the Olympics... and the Rangers will win the Stanley Cup.
Maybe this is just out of spite because if not for Toronto blowing a 3 goal lead, who knows where they would be right now... but next year is going to be a great year. America beats Sweden for the gold, and Rangers beat (idk yet, but I foresee someone from Cali like an LA, San Jose or Anaheim)
You heard it here...
Look who Boucher had to work with on the Tampa Roster (other than Stamkos and St. Louis, who is 37). The Lightning's defense/goal tending was AWFUL, Lindback/Garon ranked 38 and 39 out of 45 in goals against...Even Bishop was out of the top 25
I had a friend who was a big Tampa fan, so I watched a lot of games. The Lightning had a horrible team with a couple of really good offensive players. The rest of the Lightning was seriously on AHL level. I think Boucher only used 1-3-1 so that the top players could win the games for the team.
I wrote a comment awhile ago with a quote from Brassard saying how much he loved Boucher. If Brassard is happy and playing like he did in the playoffs, than the Rangers won't miss Richards very much. Not that you should pick a coach based off of one player. Then again, you shouldn't pick a player just because the coach likes him...ahem Richards.
Get it over with. Hire A.V. and Doug 'The' Weight as power play man. A.V. Has been there and now wants it as much as we all do. Only goalie issue is how much rest Hank gets. Pull the trigger Slats so we can enjoy our summer!
Isn't GB the guy (no pun) who insisted on playing the 1-3-1 and the Flyers wouldn't skate it out of their own end as a protest? GB's team didn't show up way too often in the last two years and he seemed at a loss to remedy the situation. If we're gonna bottom fish, why not Paul Maurice, a safer and perhaps better bet than GB. Far better yet would be Tippett who consistently gets the most out of mediocrity.
looks like slattypants has a broad selection of candidates. hope he doesn't lose his faculties before making his decision.
Werbel is right. Boucher is the best choice. Use your influence Ken and twist Sather's arm or anything else you can find to twist and demand he signs Boucher!!
He's been my number one candidate since day 1. I feel if you can't pry Tippett loose, then Boucher is the best "available" candidate.
I love Boucher and hate how he gets a bad rap cause of the last two seasons. He has NO defense or goalie, what was he supposed to do?
@BulldogLine Really AV? And what exactly has he done as of late? I mean besides 2 straight seasons where Vancouver choked in the first round or was it choking in the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins? or maybe it was failing to earn more than just 1 appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals despite having a ton of talent?
The Rangers just fired their coach because he wasn't moving the team forward and you want to hire a guy who was fired for the same reason. That makes no sense at all.
@PenaltySh0t He'd have arguably the best goalie in the NHL and a good, young D to work with in NY. Intriguing to say the least.