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From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com:
Former Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston has been hired as coach of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings.
He’s replacing Kelly McCrimmon, who resigned after seven seasons to focus solely on his role as general manager.
Clouston had spent the previous three seasons coaching the Senators, but was fired at the end of the 2010-11 season.
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
Murray’s blade was sharp as he cut his roster to the bone.
In return, draft picks and young assets and a veteran goalie, Craig Anderson, whose audition in Ottawa recently turned into a four-year extension; another clear sign Bryan Murray was Melnyk’s man.
However, the same can’t be said for head coach Cory Clouston, who seemed to struggle at times this season connecting with his players.
Murray is now faced with one more distasteful task, firing another coach, something he’s all too familiar with.
Murray says Clouston’s fate will officially be determined end of season, which could be as early as this weekend or early next week.
from Bruce Garioch of the Ottawa Sun,
This could be a big weekend for the Senators’ embattled coach after GM Bryan Murray refused to give him a vote of confidence Wednesday following a 45-minute workout at Scotiabank Place.
After reading the riot act to the players before practice, Murray said in a scrum with reporters he couldn’t confirm Clouston is going to coach this club until the end of the season.
Clouston is in the final year of his contract and it would appear he’s facing a couple of must-wins Friday against the Blackhawks in Chicago and Saturday at home versus the Tampa Bay Lighting.
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
They could fall off the map just as quickly as they could climb the standings. Nonetheless, as the team rides a six-game winning streak that has taken them to a comfortable fifth place in the Eastern Conference, you would have to think that coach Cory Clouston is beginning to attract notice as a coach-of-the-year candidate.
He’s on a long list that includes Jacques Lemaire of the New Jersey Devils; Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals; Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres; Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks; Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks; Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks and Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes.
To merit serious consideration from broadcasters across the league, who vote on the Jack Adams Award, the Senators would have to stay at least where they are, or even move up in the standings
from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,
Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston denied Wednesday that winger Dany Heatley’s role diminished on his watch.
In a media availability at Scotiabank Place, Clouston suggested any moves he made were meant to help the team, not punish the player.
“As far as a diminished role, it was very slightly diminished and, in my opinion, it wasn’t diminished,” Clouston said. “It was to try and spread out the scoring, as it’s been printed on several occasions.
“Everybody knows (Heatley’s) production actually went up over the last while as well,” he added.
from the CP via TSN,
The Ottawa Senators are keeping Cory Clouston as their head coach.
The team announced today that they have signed him to a two-year deal, removing the interim tag from his title.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Since
Clouston took over from the fired Craig Hartsburg Feb. 3, Ottawa is 11-6-3 and looking like a completely different team. The Senators have won five of their last six games and tonight, facing the desperate Buffalo Sabres, will try to stretch their home winning streak to five.
“He’s made a lot of adjustments,” said forward Mike Fisher. “Some with our forecheck in the neutral zone, a few different things. But he’s really instilled a confidence in our group, and he has confidence in us. We’ve been able to just go out, relax and focus on our game plan, not play uptight.
“We’ve just managed to try and have fun again, and he has helped us do that.”
While he has to like the job Clouston is doing, Murray has not lifted the tag of interim coach, saying again yesterday such a decision will be made at season’s end.
Murray does the like way the team practises under Clouston though, and believes that’s a key factor in the improved results. “We’re playing like we should be playing,” he said..
From Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated:
The Cory Clouston era kicked off in Ottawa this week.
The hope of the Senators and their fans is that the new coach, fresh up from Binghamton in the American Hockey League, will be the second coming of Bruce Boudreau, the veteran minor league coach who took over a foundering Capitals team and drove it to the Southeast Division championship on the final day of the 2007-08 regular season.
Not to be disparaging of an NHL newbie who was just getting his style unwrapped in the AHL, but I have a two-word view on that possibility: fat chance.
continued with a look at all the teams who’ve had coaching changes this season