The Toronto Maple Leafs are in need of both a GM and a head coach going into the offseason. The Leafs search to fill these openings will be a major story all offseason with every name mentioned sure to be scrutinized and analyzed by Toronto media and fans. The first name to surface in connection with the Toronto coaching vacancy emerged Tuesday.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher was reportedly contacted by the Leafs about their coaching need.
Guy Boucher was fired during his third season in Tampa Bay and has been coaching Bern of the Swiss league since January of 2014. Boucher made it known during a radio interview with TSN 1050 Toronto that he is both interested in returning to the NHL, and has been contacted by teams in the league.
“I’ve never hid the fact that I definitely do want to go back. I have another year on my contract here. Family’s happy, had a terrific year, saw a lot of good things, learned and grew. I’ve got no problem staying here. Last year I couldn’t accept it because I didn’t have an out-clause. This year I do have an out-clause.”
“But it would certainly be in the right situation, with the right people. And if I fit, it would certainly interest me, but like I said, it has to be in the right situation because I have a very good situation right now. But I’ve been approached, so I mean it’s a possibility. We’ll see what happens.”