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10:38 AM ET 03.24 | The Lightning have fired head coach Guy Boucher less than three years into the his tenure behind the bench. Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman made the announcement early Sunday morning. Assistant coaches Dan LaCroix and Martin Raymond will run the bench for the Lightning's game Sunday night in Winnipeg. The top early candidates to replace Boucher include long time Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, who was fired by the Sabres earlier this season, and Jon Cooper, who led Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate to a Calder cup Championship last season. With 17 games remaining in this season the Lightning sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a 13-17-1 record, five points out of a playoff position. But since starting the season 6-1, Tampa Bay has stumbled to a 7-16-1 record that started many to wonder if a change was needed to help turn the team's fortunes around. That change came on Sunday.

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March 24, 2013  10:51 AM ET

I heard Al Pacino called with condolences.

March 24, 2013  10:53 AM ET

What the puck did he do wrong???

March 24, 2013  10:56 AM ET

That first period yesterday was the straw that broke the camel's back

March 24, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I heard Al Pacino called with condolences.

LOL

March 24, 2013  10:59 AM ET

They always blame the coach, maybe the players need a wakeup

March 24, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I heard Al Pacino called with condolences.

Trouble is his 'little friends' were all St. Louis size.

March 24, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Team Canada's new coach?

March 24, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I heard Al Pacino called with condolences.

Saw the game yesterday. Talk about 'Dog Day Afternoon' !!!

March 24, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Saw the game yesterday. Talk about 'Dog Day Afternoon' !!!

So Guy received 'Justice for All.'

March 24, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So Guy received 'Justice for All.'

I think he got 'Shawshanked' .

March 24, 2013  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So Guy received 'Justice for All.'

Nice!!!

Something had to be done. I would've thought for all their talent, the Bolts should be in a better position right now.

March 24, 2013  12:20 PM ET

Perhaps if Yzerman gave him a goalie to work with he'd have had a little more success.

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March 24, 2013  12:45 PM ET
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Perhaps if Yzerman gave him a goalie to work with he'd have had a little more success.

This is a team that has never been known to play a tight forechecking, disciplined, defensive type of game. Their play can look pretty ragged at times and they don't have the kind of goaltending that can cover for their mistakes night in and night out.

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March 24, 2013  01:23 PM ET
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This is a team that has never been known to play a tight forechecking, disciplined, defensive type of game. Their play can look pretty ragged at times and they don't have the kind of goaltending that can cover for their mistakes night in and night out.

When he first came to the NHL he was defense first and everybody hated it!

Did take the Bolts to game 7 of the conference finals...but in the first round they played the Pens with no Crosby or Malkin.

People felt that he was responsible for the defensive downward spiral that had occurred in the QMJHL...he didn't allow his players to open up offensively and the people felt that he was killing the game.

They were happy to see him hired in the NHL.

March 24, 2013  01:50 PM ET
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When he first came to the NHL he was defense first and everybody hated it!Did take the Bolts to game 7 of the conference finals...but in the first round they played the Pens with no Crosby or Malkin.People felt that he was responsible for the defensive downward spiral that had occurred in the QMJHL...he didn't allow his players to open up offensively and the people felt that he was killing the game.They were happy to see him hired in the NHL.

Since winning the Cup in '04' they have only had one season where they scored more goals than they gave up, and that was only a +7 back in '10-11'.

March 24, 2013  02:01 PM ET

I'm not going to gloat and say "I told you so!" (:-) But, I was excoriated by more than a few at that time when I expressed my doubts about him being ready for prime time. He did well for a while because every new broom sweeps well for a while but, it's the old ones that know the corners. Guy Boucher is Steve Y's first big mistake as a new GM.

 
March 24, 2013  02:04 PM ET
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I'd rather gargle with broken glass and rinse my mouth with battery acid.

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