"While I am disappointed that Bob is leaving our staff, I completely understand and support his decision to put his family first," Columbus head coach Scott Arniel said in a statement released by the team. "He worked extremely hard last season and was a great asset to myself, the coaching staff and our players. For that, I am very thankful, and I wish him all the best moving forward."
Boughner joined the Blue Jackets in July 2010. He is the president of the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires and served as their head coach from 2006-10 with a 166-80-26 record. He appeared in 630 NHL games as a defenseman with six different teams from 1995-06.
"I want to thank Scott Howson, Scott Arniel and the McConnell family for the opportunity to work with the Blue Jackets last season," Boughner said. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Columbus and regret that I am not going to be there to see this team continue to develop and accomplish the goals we’ve set for it. This was a very difficult decision, but with my family and business commitments in Windsor it was in our best interest as a family."