Tom McVie, although admittedly "miserable to be out of hockey," has rejected an offer from the Boston bruins to become coach of their American Hockey League farm team at Rochester.

"It would be good for Tom McVie to take the job," the former coach of the Washington Capitals said, "but over 20 years everything's been right for Tom McVie. This time I'm making a decision that's right for the McVie family.

"I sat down with Arlene and my boys and discussed it, and I couldn't see any advantages for the McVie family at this time. It's no secret that I want to work for Harry Sinden (the Bruins' managing director). He knows it, I know it, everybody knows it. Possibly something else will develop. I couldn't say yes this time."

McVie made his comments Saturday night while he sat with Peter O'Malley, Capitals director and former team persident, watching Washington play a 5-5 tie with the Bruins.

McVie, fired Oct. 9, two days before the start of the season, was under contract to the Capitals through the 1979 80 season.

Gary Darling, chief scout for the Bruins, has taken the Rochester job on a temporary basis. Duane Rupp, the Americans' coach, was fired Friday.