Ottawa Senators fire head Coach Paul Maclean, replace him with assistant

Paul Maclean (©GettyImages)

The Ottawa Senators organization decided to part ways with head Coach Paul Maclean on Monday.

The move comes just a day after the Senators defeated the Vancouver Canucks and just 18 months after Maclean received the coach of the year award.

The Senators have struggled with injuries and inconsistencies throughout the start of the season. There has been speculation surrounding Maclean and the possibility of him losing his job for several weeks. As the losses piled up, so did Maclean’s frustrations and so top players were leaned on heavily to perform.

He didn’t like switching his tactics very often and as a result the Senators have been heavily outshot in recent games. Turnovers and costly mistakes in the defensive zone that weren’t corrected also were a huge factor in this move. And with a record of 11-11-5, General Manager Bryan Murray had no other choice.  

Risky Move

Firing a coach mid-season is a very risky move, especially when a team is struggling to stay in the middle of the standings. But if the players fall out with their coach, there is nothing else an organization can do. The players no longer believed in Maclean’s tactics and just shut down night after night. It’s an unfortunate situation for Murray and the players. But the hope is that this move will provide the spark this Senators team needs to get back on track.

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Moving Forward

Long time assistant Coach Dave Cameron will be taking over as head coach. Murray is excited and confident that Cameron’s teaching style will be more beneficial to the players.

Cameron has been a member of the Senators coaching staff since 2011. He’s had some international experience as the coach of Team Canada at the World Juniors in 2011. He was also the head Coach of the Binghamton Senators from 2007-2011. This guy has really worked his way up to finally getting a shot at coaching an NHL team.

Getting thrown into a season campaign mid-season is likely not the way Cameron envisioned making his NHL debut. Regardless, Cameron addressed the media on Tuesday stating he is ready for this new challenge.

He’s positive and has already made it clear that there will be no more changes to the current staff. Cameron’s first opponent will be the LA Kings on Thursday.

I’m excited to see what kind of new tactics he’ll bring in to try and eliminate the team’s mistakes in the defensive end.

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