by SENShobo on 07/17/09 at 03:13 PM ET
From the Ottawa Senators’ website,
The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has named Don Nachbaur as head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.
Nachbaur has been head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans for the last six seasons, earning a .592 winning percentage with 235 wins, 155 losses, 25 overtime losses and 17 shootout defeats over the span of 432 regular-season games.
Minor news, certainly, but for Sens fans, a little glimmer of stability after the last few years of coaching merry-go-round.
From Sharp on the Sens, a few interesting points emerge. Nachbaur was the team’s ideal candidate, their only interview, and now their head coach on the farm team, which is a good sign in itself.
But perhaps it’s his style as a coach that’s a bit more revealing. Murray said that he chose Nachbaur because his teams are very structured, play a “get-after-the-puck” style of game, and even when not shining with skill still manage very good special teams. As well, Nachbaur is supposed to be a very demanding coach, but one who is open and communicates what he wants and why he wants it with his players as a team and one on one, if needed.
A better tandem to solidify transitions between the AHL and the NHL for Senators players might not be found, Nachbaur and Clouston’s styles on and off the ice so similar.
And reporters will once again spend time struggling to figure out the proper pronunciation of the new guy’s name.
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