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OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips announced today his retirement from the National Hockey League. A former first overall selection of the Senators in 1996, Phillips spent his entire 19-year NHL career in Ottawa, establishing a new Senators all-time games played mark with 1,179 while making a lasting impression on the Ottawa-Gatineau community.
“Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations.”
from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,
Speaking during a media tour in Ottawa Monday morning with GM Pierre Dorion, the 44-year-old Boucher told TSN 1200 he was confident about the possibility of getting this job after his first meeting with the Senators.
Boucher was named the 12th coach in club history Sunday and will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday at 12:30 p.m.
“I felt like his candidate throughout the entire process and I knew there was other candidates but the way he dealt with me it really felt like we had a connection from the beginning,” said Boucher. “We had been talking a lot. It wasn’t really a surprise. I’ll be honest. It ended yesterday in a rush to file the papers, sign and everything, but I think that process started (Saturday).”
Dorion told the station the 44-year-old was always his No. 1 choice despite reports to the contrary on the weekend. They met more than 12 hours in two separate sessions.
“No doubt. No. 1 from the get-go. He was the first interview I did and every other interview I did didn’t come to the level of Guy,” said Dorion, who spoke with nine candidates for the job. “To me he was the best candidate out there. What we’re looking for, Guy checks all the boxes. He definitely has a great defensive structure, he knows how to coach offensive talent, he’s an excellent communicator, he’s well spoken.
Also, numerous reports this morning stating Marc Crawford will be named an associate coach for the Senators today.
OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion announced today the hiring of Guy Boucher as the club’s head coach. Boucher has agreed to terms on a three-year agreement with the Senators.
Boucher, 44, becomes the 12th head coach in Senators franchise history. Boucher has spent parts of the last three seasons as the head coach of SC Bern of the National League A in Switzerland, posting a 44-29-5 record. Prior to that, he spent two-plus seasons as the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, posting a 97-78-20 record in 195 games. Boucher led the Lightning to the Eastern Conference Final in 2010-11.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
There are plenty of hungry coaches who would jump at the chance to call the shots behind an NHL bench, regardless of the situation. There are not many openings at the end of each season. Opportunities go faster than they come. Consider hockey lifer Craig Ramsay: one-and-done whacks in Philadelphia and Atlanta amid a pedigree of results as an assistant.
The résumés will flood into Ottawa following the sacking of Dave Cameron. Assuming new GM Pierre Dorion knows what he’s doing, the Senators should be able to identify a good young coach among the applicants.
But it will be hard for Ottawa to attract Grade-A talent, either behind the bench or on the ice, if the owner continues to blast away.
It is Eugene Melnyk’s right to say anything he wants. The Senators are his possession.
But every time Melnyk carves into his employees, prospective ones take another step back from considering the Senators.
more on the Senators plues numerous topics including the Leafs...
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Three names jump to the top of the list: Former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo, former Colorado/Dallas/Vancouver/Los Angeles head coach Marc Crawford and former Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher.
Yeo has a year left on his contract with the Wild, while Crawford and Boucher spent this season coaching in Switzerland and have made it clear they want back into the NHL by declaring themselves free agents. Crawford returned to Europe this week after spending 10 days checking out the North American job market.
Randy Carlyle and Ron Wilson are out there, too, but neither has a reputation for commitment to team defence in the way Dorion was speaking — or at least neither was able to make that happen when they coached Ottawa’s provincial rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Add Todd Nelson, Todd Richards and Kirk Muller to the list of former head coaches looking for another shot.
John Stevens, an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings, is probably due another head coaching opportunity, although his future may be linked to how long Darryl Sutter wants to coach. Kevin Dineen had one shot in Florida and is an assistant to Joel Quenneville now in Chicago.
Dave Cameron addresses the media about Eugene Melnyk’s comments and his time in Ottawa after being relieved of his head coaching duties.
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has dismissed head coach Dave Cameron and assistant coaches Andre Tourigny and Rick Wamsley. Assistant coach Jason Smith has been relieved of his coaching duties and has been offered another position within the organization.
Cameron, 57, became the 11th head coach in franchise history when he was promoted to the position on Dec. 8, 2014. Prior to his appointment as head coach, he spent the previous three-plus seasons as an assistant coach with the Senators, after initially being hired by the club on June 23, 2011. Cameron has a career National Hockey League head coaching record of 70-50-17 (.537, 137 games).
Tourigny, 41, joined the Senators coaching staff on July 1, 2015. He spent the two previous campaigns as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to joining the Avalanche, he served as the head coach and general manager of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Wamsley, 56, was hired by the club on July 28, 2010. A former NHL goaltender who played 407 games with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, he worked previously with the Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis and Toronto.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
This day started with a team meeting without coaches. Senior adviser Bryan Murray, who stepped down from his general manager post Sunday, addressed the players, expressed his confidence in GM Pierre Dorion and indicated he’ll be there to lend a hand in whatever way he’s wanted.
After that broke up, the players went down the hall individually to meet with Dorion and some other members of the staff for honest discussions. He promised Sunday there would be some harsh talks with those who didn’t perform up to expectations this year.
On that front, there will be no shortage of candidates.
Cameron and his staff — who were told the organization would be in touch in the next couple of days — not being there basically says this group should get ready to embrace its seventh coaching change since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2007.
To be fair, the players did stand by Cameron.
“The actions and responsibility would be more on the players (if a change is made),” said winger Bobby Ryan Monday.
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk today announced the appointment of Pierre Dorion as the team’s new general manager. Dorion becomes the eighth general manager in team history and has spent nine seasons with the Senators including more than two seasons as one of the team’s assistant general managers.
“Pierre is a smart, hardworking and detailed hockey executive who has been deeply involved in every aspect of our club’s hockey operations,” Melnyk said. “Pierre’s significant experience at all levels of hockey management and his close working relationship with both Bryan Murray and Randy Lee will provide our hockey club with the necessary leadership to return our team to playoff contention.”
“I want to thank Eugene and Bryan for giving me this incredible opportunity,” said Dorion. “Being general manager in a great hockey market like Ottawa is an exciting challenge that I am ready to take on. While the immediate goal is to put us back into the playoffs next season, I want to be clear to our fans that we are committed to building a hockey club that can compete for a Stanley Cup.”
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