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Guy Boucher Was The #1 Choice For Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

Speaking during a media tour in Ottawa Monday morning with GM Pierre Dorion, the 44-year-old Boucher told TSN 1200 he was confident about the possibility of getting this job after his first meeting with the Senators.

Boucher was named the 12th coach in club history Sunday and will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday at 12:30 p.m.

“I felt like his candidate throughout the entire process and I knew there was other candidates but the way he dealt with me it really felt like we had a connection from the beginning,” said Boucher. “We had been talking a lot. It wasn’t really a surprise. I’ll be honest. It ended yesterday in a rush to file the papers, sign and everything, but I think that process started (Saturday).”

Dorion told the station the 44-year-old was always his No. 1 choice despite reports to the contrary on the weekend. They met more than 12 hours in two separate sessions.

“No doubt. No. 1 from the get-go. He was the first interview I did and every other interview I did didn’t come to the level of Guy,” said Dorion, who spoke with nine candidates for the job. “To me he was the best candidate out there. What we’re looking for, Guy checks all the boxes. He definitely has a great defensive structure, he knows how to coach offensive talent, he’s an excellent communicator, he’s well spoken.

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Also, numerous reports this morning stating Marc Crawford will be named an associate coach for the Senators today.

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