I've written a great deal about Bruce Boudreau and the reaction to the treatment he received at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks, as well as his subsequent firing, a great deal over the past few days but unfortunately very little of that has been what could be considered positive or uplifting.
As an admirer of the head coach who has the second highest regular season winning percentage in National Hockey League history behind only the legendary Scotty Bowman, it's been difficult to see the emotional rollercoaster that Boudreau has had to experience, but I am glad it's finally over.
Thankfully, on Monday morning there was finally some good news to share on the Boudreau front when the over 40 year NHL veteran revealed his plans for the near future. Boudreau was a guest on SiriusXM NHL when he discussed his plans to head back home to Hershey, Pennsylvania where he owns what he describes as his "forever home" with his wife.
Boudreau is also the owner of of the Hershey Cubs, a junior hockey club in the United States Premier Hockey League, and he added that he was very much looking forward to checking in on his team when he gets back home.
I have no doubt that those boys will also be very excited at the prospect of a legendary NHL coach coming around to offer them some good advice from the big leagues.
And as for Boudreau's future as a coach? Boudreau was asked whether or not his experience in Vancouver had soured him on the prospect of being a coach, Boudreau revealed that he is now more determined than ever to prove his doubters wrong.
"I don't wanna step away from it," said Boudreau. "I love this... I could have gone back to work yesterday. It gets you mad when it happens... but for me I wanna show everybody that I'm still good."
I have no doubt that after the way Boudreau handled himself with unbelievable class and grace in a very ugly situation, that another opportunity is already waiting for him.