Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch is reporting in Puck Rakers this morning that the offer to become the next head coach of the Jackets was extended to coaching wunderkind Guy Boucher. Boucher will get back to the Jackets early next week with his decision on whether or not he will accept the job.
I have been a Dineen backer thus far, but I have to say I think I was backing Dino for the wrong reasons. I wanted him because I loved him as a player, whereas Boucher is the consumate coach. He is skyrocketing up the coaching ladder, having success at every level. I am really hoping for Boucher to accept the offer.
On top of his pedigree, there is one other very important factor to consider- Boucher was the head coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs when Derick Brassard was lighting up the Q for them. Brass is such an important piece to the puzzle in Columbus, so here's hoping he can be reunited with his junior coach and they can work together to make Brass a star.
Remember, Boucher could pass on the offer. In fact, many think he will pass for one or two reasons, one being he wants to remain in the Canadiens organization, the other being he wants more experience in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL.
At any rate, if you are a Boucher-backer, cross your fingers!