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Guy Boucher rejects Blue Jackets head coach job offer, hilarity ensues

Jun 7, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

Guy Boucher turned down the Columbus Blue Jackets’ offer for their head coaching job, reports Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

My immediate reaction ranges from “hysterical laughter” to “yikes!” When a minor league coach rejects an NHL head coaching opportunity, there really are only two possibilities: 1. your team is horrible or 2. no, actually it’s just that your team is horrible.

Seriously, though, the Blue Jackets must be insulted and concerned. Really, the only example I can think of coaches rejecting head coaching jobs happens with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. Does this make the Blue Jackets’ the NHL’s answer to the Raiders? Is Al Davis wearing a Rick Nash jersey?

Ouch, sorry Blue Jackets fans. Hey, you know, Ken Hitchock is looking for a … oh, right. My mistake.

  1. Josh - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Pretty sad you’re associated with NBC. Maybe you’ll bite your tongue when this team challenges for the Central Division title next season, no matter who is coaching.

  2. SanJoseCupCrazy - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    No, Josh…. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. This IS hilarious. At least Ohio State football starts in a couple of months, right? ;-)

  3. JAL - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    This is irresponsible reporting for anybody, let alone somebody nominally assoicated with NBC. Have you actually spoken with anybody involved? Have you read any of the numerous articles generated in the past week about why Boucher might very well do what he did — none of which involve the Blue Jackets? Try using facts next time. People come to NBC for journalism, not smart ass remarks.

  4. Matt - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    I’m upset because now the Sabres are probably going to lose Kevin Dineen to the Jackets.

  5. Michael - Jun 7, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Yeah, keep your smart ass comments to yourself. All the real journalists out there said it would not be embarrassing if he turned them down. He was the top candidate. You offer the top guy. Plain and simple.

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  7. Anne - Jun 7, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Seems at least a few other sports writers differ with your so intelligently reasoned argument:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/For-the-Blue-Jackets-and-Arniel-it-s-OK-to-hire?urn=nhl,246364
    Not to mention Brian Burke certainly didn’t think it would reflect badly on the Jackets either. By the logic you employ here, Scott Arniel must be the coach no one else wanted.

  8. Gregg - Jun 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    It seems like you’re going out of the way to insult folks. I assume you’re too young or inexperienced to know that real employers try to hire the absolute best and are secure enough to get turned down. When you are so scared of being turned down by real talent, your company only picks mediocre folks. Maybe that’s why NBC Sports has you instead of some real journalist who was hired by ESPN or TSN.

  9. NBC - Now thats hilarious - Jun 8, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Keep writing great articles like this James and maybe ESPN will offer you a job. No they won’t you are horrible you are stuck at NBC where no one will see you.
    Next time try using facts or come to the conclusion that a lot of other people came to was he was playing 2 teams against each other which turned out to be the truth.

  10. Robert - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Idiot apparently is on this guy’s resume.

  11. Abby - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    The only thing amusing I find from this is the fact that the guys getting payed to write this crap.

  12. James - Jun 8, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    That’s pretty big talk from a guy who works for a “network” who’s big marketing push seems to be “our shows are in color.”
    BTW, Jay Leno still sucks!

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