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from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
With teams set to resume play after the NHL's Christmas break, speculation among Devils players is that Paul MacLean will be introduced Saturday morning as the team's new coach.
MacLean, 56, was fired by the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 8 after that team got off to an 11-11-5 start.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post kicked around a few names for the job....
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 Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
SUN: It looked like the potential never met production last year?
MACLEAN: "We look at a lot of stuff. We watch video, we look at the analytics of how our team is rated, and we have a lot of really good numbers and a lot of good really good video clips of how our team plays when they play well. Unfortunately, we also have a lot of really bad video clips of how we turned over pucks, how we took bad penalties and how we made bad decisions that really hurt us. A large part of a lot of games we played really well, but there was 5-to-7-to-10 minutes that we found a way to do things that caused us to give up goals."
SUN: What do you want this team's identity to be?
MACLEAN: "The team is going to set the identity. We really feel with the team we have right now the search for the identity is going to be way quicker. Training camp is about getting to that identity and getting to it right away so you can have success. We had a conflict of identities last year: It took a long time to get it to the point that we knew where it was. Our team play wants to play fast, we want to play 200-feet, but our biggest change is when we don't have the puck we want to work. We want to work way harder, smarter and be more tenacious. Our competition level, one-on-one, on a nightly basis wasn't good enough. If we can fix that, we can fix a lot of things."
NHL.com's "30 in 30" series examines the Ottawa Senators today, and instead of using potential captain and defenseman Erik Karlsson as its focal point, NHL.com's examination of the Senators' roster, top prospects and the "5 Questions" the team faces slowly but surely navigate toward another key player in center Kyle Turris.
"It was something I kind of got to experience two years ago when Spezza was hurt," Turris told NHL.com. "I definitely learned a lot from it. It was a lot more difficult playing against the top [defense] pairings and getting the checking lines every time you go out, but that year I feel was kind of up and down, where I'd have a good couple of games and then a bad couple of games.
"I feel like I'm much more prepared for that kind of role now having gone through that experience and I'll definitely know a bit more of what to expect. I tried to apply that into my game last year even though it was obviously a bit different of a role. But I feel like I'm more prepared, I'm more experienced and I'm more ready and able for that challenge."
And Senators coach Paul MacLean suggests that Turris is poised to assume a leadership role:
It's late in the season, so I can't blame him:
"Be (bleeping) organized. Get a puck, put the puck in..."
-Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean at practice this morning.
via a tweet from Bruce Garrioch.
Paul MacLean on the limited ice time Erik Karlsson saw in the first period..
Karlsson played just over four minutes in the first period but did end up with 21:04 of total ice time for the game.
Any way you slice it, tonight's game was an important one for the Ottawa Senators. It was a chance to get an important two points against a division rival, a chance to bounce back on the road after a home loss in a game they probably should have won, and a chance to avoid falling behind early in the Atlantic division.
Of course, all that ignores the elephant in the room. The fact is, even though a lot of the Sens players had avoided talking about it, or said they weren't thinking about it, this was probably a night they've had circled on their calendar's since the middle of the summer for one reason. Daniel Alfredsson.
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean was not amused by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mason Raymond's spin-o-rama, snow-and-score goal against Craig Anderson, and I guess this falls under the, "Ask a prickly question, receive an equally grumpy answer" category.
NHL senior VP of hockey operations Colin Campbell replied to MacLean's, "Should this be allowed?" question with an answer whose tone hisses through NHL.com's webpage:
"If the puck stops, or if the player's momentum stops, and particularly reverses, then there's an issue," Campbell said. "The problem is if you're skating forward, you can pull the puck back, or stickhandle, and that will stop [the puck] at times, or a curl-and-drag sometimes will stop it. There is some confusion and misinterpretation."
During the summer, the Competition Committee recommended the removal of the spin-o-rama move from the shootout and during penalty-shot attempts. The NHL Board of Governors approved the recommendation, but it was not passed by the executive committee of the NHL Players' Association.
"We've had this discussion at the general managers' meetings on a couple of occasions," Campbell said. "There wasn't a lot of appetite for spin-o-ramas. When you spin around and put your butt into the goaltender or if you go [into] the crease, you are dangerously close to being called for goaltender interference; particularly if you do make contact with the goalie in his crease, it would be disallowed."
(So blame the players)
But wait, there's more, and it's a, "You've all been warned" quip:
from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
Senators head coach Paul MacLean was surprised to see Mason Raymond’s spin move allowed in Toronto’s shootout win over Ottawa.
“I was on a conference call at the start of the year with all the other coaches and was informed at that time that that play would be seriously reviewed and you were taking a chance it would be an illegal play and the goal would be disallowed.
So, MacLean cautioned his players. (Do any Sens do it, now that Kaspars Daugavins is gone?).
“I think it’s a very unfair play for the guy to come in and blow snow on the goaltender to me he came to a full stop, the puck went backwards and then forwards.”
continue for more on the game...
The last I heard on the spin-o-rama move was the GM's wanted it removed, the NHL did not but I never read much more on it.
I think as long as the puck is moving, this type of move should be allowed.
Watch the Raymond goal below...
via Chris Lund of OttawaSenators.com,
The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension. The 2013 Jack Adams winner signed a three-year deal when he was hired as head coach of the Sens on June 14, 2011. The new deal will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.
In his two season with the Senators, MacLean has coached the team to a 66-48-16 record (a .592 win percentage) and has been a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL Coach of the Year twice, winning his first this past June. The Sens have made the playoffs both seasons, winning their 2013 first round matchup as a seven seed over the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in five games.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Paul MacLean is about to get rewarded for his NHL award.
The Senators coach confirmed Saturday — fresh off winning the Jack Adams as the NHL's coach of the year Friday — he's had discussions about a contract extension with GM Bryan Murray and expects a new deal to be in place soon.
Heading into the final season of his contract, it's believed the two sides have discussed a two-year deal through the 2015-16 season. MacLean isn't the least bit concerned about getting something done, but is happy to have the talks and believes they'll be fruitful.
"I think that'll be something that will get done in short order," said MacLean when asked about a new deal.
"A lot of times I talk with my coaching staff and also my boys around the cottage and I say, 'We should change the game (name) of hockey to goalie' because that makes the difference. And I think for our team, Craig Anderson was the MVP of this playoff series."
-Paul MacLean, head coach of the Ottawa Senators. More on the Sens series win over Montreal by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
Therrien is tossing darts with his eyes in the direction of Paul MacLean. Why? Find out below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There’s no higher compliment in this league than an unsolicited comment from opposing teams.
Four times this past week while I was in conversations with either a GM or a coach, the name of Paul MacLean came up without prompting.
"Can you believe the coaching job by MacLean in Ottawa?," said one NHL GM from another team.
And it was a comment in some form or other repeated by the others.
Well, yes, three straight wins for a depleted Senators squad somehow still on its feet despite the losses of Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and now even star goalie Craig Anderson, who is hobbled by an ankle injury. It’s not clear at this point how long Anderson will be out.
Certainly, if somehow the Senators find a way to make the playoffs despite all the talent on the sidelines, MacLean will win the Jack Adams Award in a landslide.
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
It has taken nearly a decade, but the Ottawa Senators have finally found the right coach for their star centre. But that’s not to say that the relationship between Spezza and MacLean is always rosy. In fact, both of them told me that they have passionate - and sometimes heated - debates about how the game should be played behind closed doors.
“Paul has helped out my game a lot. There’s dialogue between us,” says Spezza. “It’s not just him talking to me or me talking to him. We really hash things out and sometimes it gets heated and sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s all part of the emotion of the game and that’s what’s great. He’s an emotional guy and I’m an emotional guy.”
“We’ve had some good conversations between the two of us,” adds MacLean. “How do I like to play and how does he like to play? And we’ve tried to marry some of the things about how I want to play and he wants to play. Now some of the things I like to do, he doesn’t like. And some of the things he wants to do, I don’t like. But through communication and time, we’re able to accept a little bit of this and a little bit of that and come up with the player we have today.”
If you go back and pick out some key words from their quotes, you realize that Spezza and MacLean are forging a true relationship in Ottawa.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
If mid-season awards were handed out, MacLean would be a shoo-in for Coach of the Half Year.
The Senators started 2011-12 as an inexperienced team full of holes and question marks. They were the favourite of many to win the Nail Yakupov Sweepstakes for the first pick overall in June’s draft.
But under MacLean’s guidance, they find themselves in the thick of a playoff race. Surprise, surprise.
The Senators’ win over Tampa Thursday was their 21st. Last season, it took them until Feb. 26 to record that many.
MacLean doesn’t just deserve some of the credit, he warrants most of it.
more on the Senators….
“Being interviewed for coaching jobs is not a good race to be second in. Your only interest is being first. No matter where you finish (short list) isn’t that good. But I have a pretty good sense of who I am and what I am. There’s only 30 (NHL) jobs and there’s a lot of people like me who think they’re qualified and they are.
“It’s all about getting an opportunity and trying to take advantage, teaching the players how to play the game the way I believe it should be played. That’s fast, 200 feet, defend quickly and attack the other team’s net.”
-Paul MacLean, head coach of the Ottawa Senators. Much more on MacLean from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
from of Nicholas J. Cotsonika Yahoo Sports,
One of the first things MacLean did after landing the Sens job was call veteran center Jason Spezza. He asked him about the team. He made him feel important. He told him he was counting on him to set an example for the youngsters. Spezza is off to a strong start with 15 points, tied for fifth in the league in scoring.
As he set up the power play, MacLean asked veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar where he felt most comfortable. Right point or left? He asked him how he thought it should run. The Senators signed Gonchar to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last summer mainly to bolster their power play, and he struggled badly last season. He’s off to a decent start this season with nine assists.
MacLean also has leaned on captain Daniel Alfredsson, of course. When the Senators visited Detroit for their season opener Oct. 7, Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall talked to some Ottawa counterparts, fellow Swedes. He said they seemed “very happy.”
“What they talked about was, they weren’t used to a coach that listened to them in the way that (MacLean) does, just the way he does it, and they can talk about things,” Kronwall said. “They were very pleased so far.”
“I’m a big believer that the best CEOs in the country … their people move on and do things,” Babcock said. “Some people stifle people and don’t let them grow and there’s no succession plan. I don’t believe in that. I believe that not just for players, but for coaches, it speaks highly of your organization if people are growing and developing and moving on. I’m proud of it. I’ve got lots of guys who I’ve coached with who are coaches now. I’m proud of that fact. To me, that’s what it’s all about.”
—Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, speaking with NHL.com about the success of former assistants like Paul MacLean, now with the Senators
“We think we’re going to have a real competitive team.
“Where we end up is going to depend a lot on health and on the other things, goaltending and special teams and how we can play defence.
“But we believe we’re a real competitive group and we’re going to try to be a team that’s difficult to play against and see where we end up.”
-Paul MacLean, head coach of the Ottawa Senators via Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra.
“I just like to win. Whatever that takes, that’s the way we’re going to play. We’ve got to be a team that plays and adjusts to the way the opposition is playing. That will dictate the way the game is played. We have to play fast, physical and attack the net.”
-Paul MacLean, head coach of the Ottawa Senators describing his style of play. More from the Q & A Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun did with MacLean.
The press conference is scheduled for 11:00am ET and Paul MacLean is expected to be named head coach of the Ottawa Senators.