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Jacques Demers, Pat Quinn like Guy Boucher choice

Guy Boucher, who spent last season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, the Canadiens' top minor-league affiliate, is expected to be named the Lightning's coach sometime in the next few days, according to multiple reports. Media reports say he turned down the coaching job in Columbus on Monday to accept a four-year deal with the Lightning.

This would be Boucher's first NHL job, once he and the team iron out the final details. He would also be the youngest head coach in the league.

Outside the Lightning, GM Steve Yzerman's decision to eschew the safety of going with an NHL graybeard to help him revive the franchise was trumpeted.

Read the rest of Brian Landman's story here.

Boucher could be a major coup or tremendous risk, sports columnist John Romano writes.

[Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 12:15am]


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