Would Boucher being sent down have something to do with his eligibility to play in the AHL during the olympic break? I would imagine that was part of the reason. I still doubt any kind of outside help is on the way.
Not really - the only thing Boucher has to avoid doing is playing in 16 of the Devils' last 20 games. So if he misses 4 NJ games, he can be sent down for the break. Thing is, he's been playing all year, so I'm not sure him playing at the break is necessarily in NJ's interest (unlike people like Gelinas and Merrill who've missed some games).
Lamoriello said Boucher’s demotion has nothing to do with Friday’s deadline of sending players to the minors so that they’re eligible to play there during the Olympic break next month.
“No, because that has a statistic number to it,” Lamoriello said. “That will never get in a way to making decisions. These games are too important. I can assure you we’re going to have the best roster to win.”