– Andrée-Anne Barbeau (@AABarbeau) July 20, 2023
For example? Dominique Ducharme is an assistant in Vegas, Joël Bouchard is the pilot of the Lightning’s training club (Syracuse) and Guy Boucher is an assistant to Sheldon Keefe in Toronto.
The only thing missing is Patrick Roy, who just won the Memorial Cup in Quebec City, but the right opportunity hasn’t presented itself. He’s not an assistant or an AHL guy, after all.
But in Boucher’s case, I truly believe that seeing him in Toronto is for the best.
Why is that? Because he’s not in his sixth NHL position like Peter Laviolette (New York) or out of date like Mike Babcock (Columbus), for example. In my opinion, anyone with a field hockey head is not a “recycled” coach.
The Babcock connection is ironic because it’s well known: in 2015, Boucher was well positioned to get the coaching job in Toronto, but this same Babcock changed his mind and took the job instead of going to Buffalo.
But clearly, Brendan Shanahan hadn’t forgotten his interviews with Boucher and hired him eight years later, this time in an assistant role.
What’s interesting is that Boucher had been in talks to return to the NHL in recent years (as an assistant or a pilot), but now his family timing is finally right.
But the fact remains that he will have to adapt to the assistant role, which he hasn’t held since 2005-2006 with the Rimouski Océanic.
However, I think he’ll fit in well in Toronto this year, as he’s good at making an immediate impact on his team. And since he’ll be in charge of a unit (the power play) that’s already running smoothly, he could make a splash.
Sheldon Keefe confirms that Guy Boucher will be in charge of Matthews, Marner and company for the Leafs’ power play! 😤 pic.twitter.com/GIg8YOVVoM
– RDS (@RDSca) July 20, 2023
If he does a good job with a good club (which he probably will), maybe the phone could ring to become an NHL head coach again – in Toronto or elsewhere.
– Too bad.
Canada settles for a draw verdict in their first match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™! 🇨🇦⚽️ pic.twitter.com/mlyIig0JAp
– RDS (@RDSca) July 21, 2023
– Not drafting Matvei Michkov in Montreal = learning from mistakes. [BPM Sports]
– Will you see the film?
The Barbie movie comes out today so this seems only appropriate. 💅 pic.twitter.com/CRxUyKWLfX
– BarDown (@BarDown) July 21, 2023
– Nate Thompson likes where the CH is headed. [TSN 690]
– The issue continues to be the talk of the town.