LOVE having this guy on the RDS program. So smart, knows the game and has made some very accurate predictions. Even tonight against the Isles when he said if we got to 4-3, the Ilses would probably crumble. He's never over the top, never trying to push an agenda. sort of the opposite of Don Cherry (who by the way fortuitously likes "Korverlev" all of a sudden...you know, cuz he was the first star).
NOTE: PJ Stock just said (giving the highlights)- The Habs tied the game in the 4th period!!!
Also, I think Jacky D has a crush on Joey with all the fist pumps and back pats every time he does anything. I wish Bouchard was going to be on the lame ass wanna be "Best Damn", L'Antichambre (that's a prediction, I know it starts tomorrow, but wow, that deserves its own thread...why Alain Chantelois...WHY!!!).
I guess evolution passed him by in the NHL and he wasn't ready to embark on a tour of Europe.
The fact is, the lock-out allowed the man to become known in the hockey and media circles with his McDonald's Tourney thing (Remember that? Don't. Dark times, bad show, I went. Exhibition play always sucks unless it's an old timers game that gets intense...) and then he did his McDonald's Hockey Academy TV show.
People discovered his personality and he discovered himself a back-up plan if playing D became a bit too complicated.
I've enjoyed Bouchard and I like how he presents his arguments and his stories. He's quirky and funny, but he also brings good points, often from a players perspective. Often, players will be the bland ones presenting the obvious arguments (Roenick, Hull, Avery and such are exceptions), but he seems to be the one who's not afraid to speak against the grain sometimes, and I'd say he's usually right.