Not always. I happen to believe him in this case....people forget when taking these supposed tertiary reasons for moves into account the Devils are still tooth-and-nail for a playoff spot. Above all else, Lou's not going to put out an inferior lineup in games that matter just to get Boucher more AHL game time. He proved that last year when he burned a year of Matteau's UFA status for really next to nothing just because he was the best option at that point.
Plus even if you don't take the whole playing in the AHL during the break thing into account, Boucher was really up here weeks beyond what he should have been. He should be honing his scoring at the AHL level and not be pigeonholed into a fourth-line plugger here. And quite honestly Whitney deserved a chance LONG before he finally got one.
I agree he should have gone back down weeks ago, but they finally use him on the top line for 2 games, he shows some flashes and we have our most complete game of the season, and he gets sent down in favor of a guy who has been waiting 3 years for a call up. It doesn't make much sense- why not just bring Whitney up weeks ago for Boucher when he was only playing those 4th line minutes?
Whitney deserves a shot no doubt, and I don't think it's a bad move, but the timing combined with the fact that Whitney is the guy coming in makes me believe the Olympics did have a say in this.
Either way it's not a big deal I suppose - I don't think this move lessens our chance to win- but as I said in my previous post, Lou specifically told TG the other day that the Olympic ahl rule would play a part in his decision making.