Sens GM Dorion says Boucher was first choice to fill vacancy
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Pierre Dorion said he knew he had found the next Ottawa Senators head coach after his first meeting with Guy Boucher.
The new Senators GM said Boucher was the first candidate he interviewed for the position and was his front-runner from the start, countering reports that the Senators were snubbed by new Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau.
''I want to make it clear to everyone that this was my candidate,'' Dorion said Monday at a news conference to introduce Boucher. ''No doubt in my mind, from the first time that I met him I felt this would be the guy to lead the Ottawa Senators.''
Boucher becomes the Senators' 12th head coach, replacing Dave Cameron who was fired April 12.
The Senators also announced that Marc Crawford would join Boucher's coaching staff as an associate coach.