Why Guy Boucher Needed to Be Fired (And Why It Should Have Happened Sooner)

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Why Guy Boucher Needed to Be Fired (And Why It Should Have Happened Sooner)
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It’s not hard to be a fan of Guy Boucher. The man comes through the screen like the ultimate nice guy, always full of positive energy, always full of positive reflections in even the most negative situations. He makes you feel good. It doesn’t hurt that the man really knows hockey. Guy Boucher might very well be a great hockey coach, and he may go on to coaching greatness and go down in the history books with the likes of Scotty Bowman and Toe Blake and Al Arbour. These things are impossible to know. It’s also impossible to know if Jon Cooper will be the right coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning, or if he was a better choice than the more experienced and recently fired Lindy Ruff. Time will tell. And time, I would argue, has made it crystal clear that Guy Boucher was no longer the right man for this job.

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