Boucher waves goodbye

Only hours after it appeared that maybe Guy Boucher would indeed remain in the Canadiens family he so glowingly spoke about last Thursday, it appears the talented young coach is going to be joining Steve Yzerman,Stamkos, St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa Bay.

Ruefrontenac.com ‘s Martin Leclerc reported late Monday night that Boucher is indeed taking Yzerman’s offer to become his first coaching hire. And it’s a mighty good one, I might add.

Monday Night NHL News

CANES GM RUTHERFORD NOT OPTIMISTIC AT RE-SIGNING WHITNEY

Keenan off Devils’ coaching list

Boucher Says No

Scott Arniel to Coach Columbus Blue Jackets

Burke won't pay up for Kulemin

Brian Burke has no problem spending every penny he’s allowed under the NHL salary cap.

But the Maple Leafs general manager refuses to reward players with bloated contracts based on one decent season on a team that finished well outside of the playoffs.

“When the team stinks, (players) get ice-time they don’t deserve,” Burke said Sunday in an interview, referring to the stalemate in contract talks with restricted free agent forward Nikolai Kulemin.

Could the Bruins move Bergeron?

One Eastern Conference front office man noted that because of some of the contracts the Bruins are locked into (Savard , Ryder , Tim Thomas , Dennis Wideman , Andrew Ference ), moving Bergeron could be a wild-card option. Bergeron , who carries a $4.75 million annual cap hit, will be an unrestricted free agent after 2010-11. On July 1, a no-trade clause will go into effect for Bergeron. Given the strength of Bergeron’s two-way game, he could bring an offensive-minded winger in trade.

“He is what he is,’’ said the executive regarding Bergeron’s offensive potential, citing his age (he will turn 25 July 24).

The Jason Spezza-to-the-Oilers Rumour

How does this trade not make sense. Let me count the ways . . .

On Thursday night, just as I was preparing to head out for a short vacation, I came across my colleague Jim Matheson’s article about a possible Jason Spezza for Dustin Penner , Andrew Cogliano and Ladi Smid trade.

Matheson wrote about the pros and cons of such a deal, not arguing strongly for it or against it, but he certainly made it sound like the trade was a possibility.