Report: Blue Jackets extend offer to Bulldogs' Boucher Staff

6/5/2010 12:13:12 PM

It appears the Columbus Blue Jackets have decided on their next coach and now must wait for an answer.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Guy Boucher, the curent head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.

NHL sources told the Dispatch that Boucher is sitting on the offer this weekend with plans to give his response to Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson sometime next week.

In his first year in the AHL, Boucher guided the Bulldogs to a first place finish in the Western Conference with 115 points. The team was upset by the Texas Stars in the Conference Finals last month.

The report indicates that Boucher was interviewed twice by Howson in the last few weeks.

Before joining the Blue Jackets, Howson was the general manager of the Bulldogs as a member of the Edmonton Oilers organization.