If you asked me to rank the surliest or saltiest coaches in the National Hockey League I would probably put Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher right at the top of that list.
Now I know that many of you would argue that Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella deserves to be the undisputed number one man on that list, but in recent years Tortorella has begun to show a softer side of himself both on and off the ice. Not only that but it's also become readily apparent that the experiences Tortorella had as both the head coach of the New York Rangers and the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks convinced him that he needed to tone things down if he was going to keep coaching in the National Hockey League.
Boucher however has never changed for anyone and the mean streak that he showcased when he made his debut in the National Hockey League has remained with him this entire time, even when his style and attitude saw him forced to go coach outside of the NHL.
Boucher of course debuted in 2010 as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning where he introduced the 1-3-1 system, a style of play that to this day is widely recognized as one of the most boring styles of play ever implemented in the history of professional hockey. However to Boucher's credit there's no doubt that his system did play dividends at times and he refused to change for anyone.
That was never more apparent then during an infamous match against the Philadelphia Flyers in which the Flyers' openly mocked the Tampa Bay Lightning's trap by effectively refusing to play the game.
That's why when Boucher made his return to the National Hockey League as head coach of the Ottawa Senators during the 2016-2017 season no one expected him to be any different, and he lived up to those expectations. Not only was Boucher his usual short-tempered self when speaking to the media, but he once again implemented a heavily defensive style on the Ottawa Senators roster.
Again to Boucher's credit the result were immediately obvious and the Senators came just one game away from making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, this despite the fact that their star player Erik Karlsson was basically playing on just one leg during the entire series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Unfortunately for Boucher his team took a very shocking step backwards for the 2017-2018 season, going from a serious Stanley Cup contender to bottom feeder in one of the fastest turnarounds in recent memory. Naturally with his team playing poorly Boucher's usual demeanor was made even worse and that came to a head on Friday when Boucher just outright humiliated a reporter during a press conference.
Perhaps it's due to the fact that Boucher is concerned about his job with Pierre Dorion and Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk looking to make a massive overhaul of their team, or perhaps it's just Boucher being Boucher, but this reporter never knew what hit him.
The reporter made a comment in which he suggested that the Senators could play "spoiler" as they head down the final stretch of the regular season, and Boucher just completely murdered him with words.
"I'll be honest with you that's kind of a loser comment," said Boucher.
Perhaps the worst part for the unidentified reporter was how nonchalant Boucher was about absolutely gutting him in front of all his colleagues in at the Senators podium, it looked like Boucher didn't even give the brutal insult a second thought.
It's probably for the best that we don't know who the man making the comment was.