It took Sydor a while before he was comfortable with this team's system as well. There was an adjustment for Gill - some will argue he still sucks, but I digress. Most of what I've seen from Boucher that I don't like seemed to be a result of him just not being used to the players here. I don't think he ever played with talents close to Malkin or Crosby.
He is a blue line horse though, that's why he's getting the playing time he's getting. He can play in all situations. Look at his hits and blocked shot stats in the last few years. He seems like an older version of Letang to me - he's pretty much doing it all. It seems to me that Dallas getting rid of him had more to do with them trying to shake things up than anything. I agree that he adds to the potential of this defense for the playoffs. By the time Whitney and Gonchar are back, he's probably dropped to fourth or fifth fiddle on D. That's some crazy depth.