The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the dismissal of Guy Boucher as their head coach. His successor has yet to be named. Assistant coaches Martin Redmond and Dan Lacroix will coach the team for Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boucher becomes the second coach to lose his job this season, and one has to believe the Lightning will soon announce his replacement. Could it be former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was fired earlier this season? It’ll be interesting to see who gets the job.
As for Boucher, he had tremendous success in his first season behind the Lightning bench, coaching them to the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, but last season it appeared teams had figured out his defensive system, and after a quick start to this season the club’s been in free-fall in the standings. Part of the reason is injuries to key players, while young Anders Lindback has yet to blossom into a quality starting goalie. Still, something had to be done, and since you can’t fire the players, the coach is usually the one to take the fall.