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Blame Yzerman, Not Boucher

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

With 17 games to go and his team five points out of an Eastern Conference playoff berth, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman had seen enough. He made the decision early this morning to fire coach Guy Boucher with the hope the move would motivate his Lightning into a miraculous stretch run.

Here’s hoping he took a good long look in the mirror before he pushed him overboard, because it was Yzerman’s own failings that led Boucher out onto the plank.

There isn’t a coach in the world who looks good when his goaltending stinks. And considering the pair he was provided by Yzerman, it’s amazing Boucher was able to keep things as close as he did.

It was Yzerman who gambled last summer that Anders Lindback, an inexperienced back-up with Nashville who had all of 38 NHL games to his credit, was ready to step into a No. 1 job with the Bolts.


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NIVO's avatar

<cough> Lindy Ruff

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/24/13 at 10:50 AM ET

alukacs's avatar

@ HockeytownOverhaul - So you bash Ken Holland and defend Stevie, because “he can do no wrong”? That is just funny. The Tampa blue-line is everything but “proven” - unless mistakes and silly plays prove anything… I believe that Stevie must share some responsibility - and knowing him as a leader, he probably does… but he can’t fire himself.

Posted by alukacs on 03/24/13 at 12:03 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Steve, just come home

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 03/24/13 at 12:25 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

Posted by alukacs on 03/24/13 at 01:03 PM ET.

In case you didn’t notice you cannot question bandana boys superior expertise.  How dare you?

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 03/24/13 at 12:44 PM ET

alukacs's avatar

HockeytownOverhaul - absolutely, it would’ve been funny if you stop your first response after the second sentence. But you moved on to justify why it was the coach’s fault - while later acknowledging that you do not follow Tampa… That is the context to this. Sorry to point that out…

Additionally, I believe I didn’t challenge your character… only your opinion.

Posted by alukacs on 03/24/13 at 03:40 PM ET

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