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by Paul on 10/12/10 at 10:28 AM ET
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
“I’m sure it’s going to be emotional, but the players need me to be calm,” Boucher said. “The thing to remember is that I didn’t coach the Montreal Canadiens. I coached some of the players and I know some of them. I worked for the organization and I’m grateful for the opportunity of working with Jacques Martin, Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey.
“We played two games in the Bell Centre and I’ve watched some games, there so I have an idea of what to expect,” said Boucher, who is the youngest coach in the NHL at 39.
He said the important thing is that Tampa has veteran players from Quebec like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.
“They have experience in playing in Montreal and they’re the ones who have to put on the show,” Boucher said.
Boucher is part of a major overhaul in Tampa. New owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman as his general manager and he raided the Canadiens’ organization to sign Boucher, who brought along assistant coaches Martin Raymond (another Mc-Gill grad) and Dan Lacroix from Hamilton. Yzerman also added Julien BriseBois, who was the Canadiens’ point man in dealing with the salary cap. BriseBois had a prior working relationship with Boucher because he served as the Bulldogs’ general manager.
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