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by George Malik on 06/13/11 at 04:36 PM ET
Update #2: Via Twitter, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline says Ken Hitchcock might be heading to Detroit to replace MacLean: Not exactly staggering news from Ottawa, via the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek...
If, as expected, the Ottawa Senators name Paul MacLean as the ninth coach in franchise history tomorrow, his hiring will represent a sound choice - and a bit of a departure for an organization that last handed the reins to the untried Cory Clouston three years back.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun...
The Ottawa Senators have hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean as their new coach, sources told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.
The Senators are expected to announce the hiring as early as Tuesday, sources said.
And TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
The Ottawa Senators are expected to formally announce Paul MacLean as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday.
MacLean has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach to Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings. MacLean’s playing career spanned 11 years with stops in Detroit, Winnipeg, and St. Louis.
He will become the Senators’ ninth head coach since the team re-joined the NHL in 1992-93.
Paul MacLean has been hired as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators, an NHL source confirmed today. He will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.
MacLean, 53, first interviewed with the Senators two weeks ago and had his second interview over the weekend. This will be his first NHL head-coaching job. He has been an assistant with the Red Wings under Mike Babcock for the past six seasons and two years prior to that in Anaheim, where he also worked for Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
The Red Wings parted ways with assistant coach Brad McCrimmon last month.
Now they will be seeking two assistant coaches. Candidates to fill those positions include former NHL head coaches Pete DeBoer, Todd Richards and Gerard Gallant as well as former Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner.
And the Free Press’s Helene St. James…
The Free Press has learned MacLean, 53, will be introduced this week as the ninth head coach of the Senators. MacLean spent the past six seasons as an assistant to Mike Babcock in Detroit. This will be his first head coaching job in the NHL.
The Wings also parted ways with assistant coach Brad McCrimmon last month. Babcock has chatted with several possible replacements for McCrimmon the past few weeks, but many candidates want to see whether they have a shot at a head coaching job first. Dallas, Minnesota and New Jersey are looking for head coaches, and Winnipeg is exploring the possibility of replacing Craig Ramsay.
And the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan confirm, with Kulfan noting that the Wings have a few candidates in place to replace MacLean and Brad McCrimmon:
Wings GM Ken Holland said he and Babcock have begun the process of identifying and interviewing candidates to replace MacLean and McCrimmon. There is a talented list of candidates available.
Former Plymouth Whalers head coach Pete DeBoer, who was fired after two seasons of head coach of the Florida Panthers, is presumed to be a candidate, along with former Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner.
While at Windsor, Boughner coached the Spitfires to consecutive Memorial Cup championships.
Former Minnesota Wild head coach Todd Richards also is a candidate.
The Wings begin organizational meetings tomorrow.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms as well.
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