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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.
Derek Dorsett had some strong words about his altercation with Chris Neil on Sunday, saying that the Ottawa forward’s behaviour lacked class and is proof of just how ‘stupid’ he is.
You be the judge...
Wiith just under two minutes to go in the 3rd period, the Ottawa Senators were looking at least a much needed point in the standings.
Then they allowed Christian Ehrhoff a wide open shot which beats Craig Anderson.
This was 5-on-5 play although someone from the Senators left the point wide open.
Sill received five for interference on this hit to Kyle Turris.
03:23 PIT Zach Sill served by Jayson Megna Interference (maj) - 5 min against Kyle Turris
03:23 OTT Alex Chiasson served by Chris Neil Instigator - 2 min against Zach Sill
03:23 OTT Alex Chiasson Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Zach Sill
03:23 OTT Alex Chiasson Game misconduct - 10 min
03:23 PIT Zach Sill Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Kyle Turris
added 1:35pm, Video added below...
Daniel Alfredsson addresses the fans in Ottawa.
Nice gesture by the Ottawa players...
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