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Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher takes head coaching job with Switzerland's SC Bern

After terrific early success under Guy Boucher, the Lightning struggled in its next two seasons and missed the playoffs.

DIRK SHADD | Times

After terrific early success under Guy Boucher, the Lightning struggled in its next two seasons and missed the playoffs.

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Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher is the new head coach of SC Bern in Switzerland, that team's web site reported early Monday. He has a contract through the 2015-16 season.

Boucher was fired by the Lightning in March 2013 with a 97-78-20 record in two-plus seasons and after leading the team to the 2011 Eastern Conference final in which it lost 1-0 to the Bruins in Game 7.

Touted as an offensive and defensive innovator when he was hired in June 2010, Boucher, 42, had terrific early success. But the team struggled in its next two seasons and missed the playoffs. By the end, Boucher had lost some of the confidence of the players and had what was described as "philosophical differences" with general manager Steve Yzerman.

Those differences were never explained, though it was believed some of it concerned the use of Steven Stamkos in late-game situations.

Boucher was fired after a 5-3 loss to the Senators, at the time the Lightning's 10th loss in 14 games. He was replaced by Jon Cooper, who, at the time, was the coach of Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y.

[Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 11:04am]

    

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