What they're saying
"Why did (Guy) Boucher choose the Lightning? Hint: It's not just the sun and sand. Word is the biggest reason was time, as in he's got more of it in Tampa. When Steve Yzerman took over, he preached patience. 'It's going to take some time' was his mantra, repeating it often and to everyone. It's the right path for that organization, attempting to recover from Brian Lawton's Reign of Error. Clearly, (owner) Jeff Vinik understands Yzerman's path is the right one."
Elliotte Friedman, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reporter
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"Steve Yzerman, first-year general manager, has turned the keys to the locker room over to Guy Boucher, first-year AHL coach. Replace that first name with 'Brian Lawton' or 'Len Barrie,' and what's the reaction? Don't tell us there's no Yzerman Effect."
Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo Sports hockey blogger
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"(Boucher's) game system and methods of communication have piqued the curiosity of almost all decision makers in the world of hockey in the past two years. Rarely have we felt such a buzz around the appointment of a young coach."
Rue Frontenac, Montreal news website
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"Words you'll hear to describe Boucher's system include 'urgency' and 'up-tempo.' … Boucher also employs a risky 1-3-1 forecheck that requires mobile, puck-moving defensemen who can join the attack while also being capable of getting back quickly to cover up. … Whether or not Boucher's system can be successful in the NHL is up for debate … but the fact some team is willing to give it a try is testament to how far the game's progressed since the trap era."
Mike Halford and Jason Brough, Vancouver Province