The Ottawa Senators have fired coach Dave Cameron and assistants Andre Tourigny and Rick Wamsley, while another coach, Jason Smith, has been offered a different role in the organization.
With Pierre Dorion officially taking over as GM for the ailing Bryan Murray, this was a move that makes sense. But boy, it better be the last coaching change this franchise makes for a while.
With the NHL regular season completed, the fate of several coaches whose clubs failed to reach the playoffs is a hot topic of discussion. Much of the focus is upon Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins.
Since joining the Bruins in 2007-08, Julien’s guided them to four division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy in 2013, two Stanley Cup Finals and a championship in 2011. Over the past two seasons, however, the Bruins fell short of the playoffs. Their recent failure has some in the Boston media calling for a coaching change.
If Julien is let go by the Bruins, he won’t be unemployed for long. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggests the Ottawa Senators could come calling if they decide to drop bench boss Dave Cameron. Read more
At a Sunday morning press conference, Senators GM Bryan Murray announced that he is officially stepping down from his post as the team’s architect, and assistant GM and director of player personnel Pierre Dorion will now assume the role as Ottawa’s GM.
Even with Murray stepping out of the spotlight as the team’s GM, a post he has held for the past nine seasons, he will remain on as a senior advisor with the Senators. Murray, 73, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in July 2014, but remained the Senators’ GM since the diagnosis. However, it was understood that Murray was operating on a season-to-season basis as the team’s GM.
“It’s time to step aside and have a different role with the organization,” Murray said. “Every day in the NHL has been a challenge and it has been great, and it’s taken some time to come to this decision…With the medical situation I’m in, I felt that I had to look at that, as well. After talking to the doctors I’m involved with on a regular basis, I thought it was the right decision to come to, as well.” Read more
Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene’s celebration after scoring his 30th goal of the season during a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues didn’t sit well with Avs coach Patrick Roy. With the club’s playoff hopes hanging by a thread, Roy’s criticism of Duchene’s actions during a post-game presser is once again giving rise to questions over the 25-year-old’s future in Colorado.
A slow start to the season by the Avs and Duchene resulted in the latter’s name surfacing in the rumor mill last November, linking him to the Ottawa Senators. As his play heated up, however, the speculation petered out by early-December.
When Tobias Lindberg steps on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, he’ll be part of a team record that hasn’t been matched in almost 100 years.
Lindberg, one of the prospects acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade, will become the 12th player to make his NHL debut for the Leafs this season, joining William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Byron Froese, Nikita Soshnikov, Brendan Leipsic, Kasperi Kapanen, Rinat Valiev, Frederik Gauthier, Garret Sparks and Viktor Loov. It’s actually 13 if you include goalie Antoine Bibeau, who dressed as a backup for 11 games this season, but didn’t see any action.
It’s official: no Canadian NHL teams will be making the playoffs this season. We knew this in our hearts for at least a month, but now it’s written in stone. And other than the Rogers TV execs trying to remember which of their molars contains the cyanide capsule, there’s no need to worry if you’re a Canadian.
The most convincing argument that Dustin Byfuglien’s hit on Mark Stone Wednesday night was clean, ironically might have come in the fact that Stone was injured on the play.
Stone, the Ottawa Senators right winger who is in the midst of a second straight 60-point season, collided in the unscheduled freight train known as Winnipeg Jets defenseman Byfuglien in the second period of the Senators win in Manitoba. The good news was the victory by the Senators managed to keep the slim playoff hopes of the only Canadian team still in the playoff hunt alive. The bad news was Stone left the game with a chest contusion after being steamrolled by Byfuglien.
For shame, Great White North. For shame. A year after five of seven Canadian NHL teams booked tickets to the big playoff dance, 0.0 will participate in the post-season. Monday night’s results pretty much nailed the nation’s collective coffin shut. The Ottawa Senators would have to win their final six games, and the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings would have to lose out aside from their remaining head-to-head matchup. So, yeah, Ottawa won’t pull off a miracle two years in a row.
It seems most fan bases and local pundits accepted that fate several weeks ago, however, as no Canadian squad was anywhere near a playoff berth. The Sens still sit 10 points back. It’s time to move on and start asking about next year. Which Canadian team, if any, has the most realistic odds of returning to the post-season in 2016-17? It’s time to rank their chances, from worst to best.