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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The playoffs start Saturday for the Senators.
Six points back of the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference as the NHL's mandated three-day break comes to an end, the Senators have their work cut out for them if they're going to get up off the mat after an inconsistent start to this year and make the post-season....
With a 14-14-6 record in the first 34 games, a check of sportsclubstats.com Friday rated the Senators with only a 15% chance of making the playoffs at the Christmas break. The site says if the Senators go 28-15-5 in their final 48 games to get to 95 points their chances of being in the post-season will be 52.3%.
No, the numbers don't mean much, but they do tell you the Senators have to set a torrid pace to get to the playoffs. The good news for the Senators is with 20 road games under their belts they'll spend most of their time at home once the schedule really begins to heat up.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Melnyk’s media availability touched on a range of topics, including his new head coach, Dave Cameron, and the always popular discussion of team payroll.
On the latter, Melnyk happily defended his club’s 30th rank in team payroll (about $56 million) and suggested that will grow quite naturally.
“Look, everybody keeps talking about money, money, money,” Melnyk said. “I keep telling everybody, take a look at all these big signings that have happened in the last couple of years. We’re looking like the smart ones.
“I’m not the least bit embarrassed at us spending at the bottom,” Melnyk added. “I’m happy about it because we’ll be able to spend more in the future. Some can’t. Some are stuck.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The hits just keep on coming for the Senators.
After losing Chris Neil to a knee injury Thursday, the Senators confirmed Sunday they'll be without centre Zack Smith for "months" after he dislocated his wrist in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Bruins.
Oh, and the news isn't much better on defence, either. Marc Methot, who has played two games because a hip/back injury that has nagged him since last April, was placed back on injured-reserve Sunday and is out indefinitely.
added 3:35pm, Begeron back for OT.
Senators’ winger Chris Neil gets a vicious hit from Los Angeles Kings defenceman Brayden McNabb and goes straight to the locker room.
Paul MacLean was gracious and grateful for everything that the Ottawa Senators have given him, even after the team showed him the door on Monday.
And someone loves him too, watch below...
from Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun,
When he was hired, the guys with big titles in the Senators organization huffed and puffed about the new guy behind the bench.
"Paul represents a big part of the change we needed to bring to our hockey club," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "Bryan and I agreed it was important for him to bring in someone who is a solid communicator, can easily build a strong rapport with our players and has a proven track record of winning NHL games and Stanley Cups. Paul represents all of this."
"He is a competitive person and we expect that our teams will display that same trait night-in and night-out," said Murray.
That all happened. And then it suddenly stopped. In 2012, MacLean was a runner-up as coach of the year and in 2013, the Senators, despite injuries to several key players, battled into the second round of the playoffs.
Somewhere along the way, the magic evaporated. Last season, the Senators finished 11th in the East with a record of 37-31-14. The Senators higher-ups weren't happy. They talked to MacLean and asked him to re-establish strong communication lines, things they thought had been lost along the way.
Maybe the message from MacLean was hollow, maybe some of that passion, the fire in his belly he showed in his first couple of years, was gone.
from the CP at TSN,
Less than 18 months after being honoured as the NHL's coach of the year, Paul MacLean is out of a job.
The Ottawa Senators fired MacLean on Monday after an 11-11-5 start, though the problems team executives had with the coach extended back into last season when the Senators missed the playoffs.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray told a news conference Monday that assistant Dave Cameron will be the new head coach of the team.
"I've had some tough days lately," said Murray, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment and watched longtime Senator Daniel Alfredsson retire last week. "This is one of them."...
"We continue to be a big turnover team in our zone," said Murray. "Our goaltending has been, to say the least, outstanding most nights to give us a chance to win hockey games. The chances against our team are, some nights, atrocious. I think there's an obligation for a lot of people, the players included, to perform better than that. But the leader of the pack always is the coach."
via the Ottawa Senators,
Following the announcement of the dismissal of Paul MacLean as head coach, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray will speak to the media.
Watch below, the conference is expected to start at 2:30pm ET.
added 3:05pm, Sorry the presser ended about 1/2 hour ago, forgot to update at that time.
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