Is Dave Cameron the Right Coach for the Ottawa Senators?

December 8th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Monday, the Ottawa Senators relieved Paul MacLean of his duties as the team’s head coach. Two hours later, the team announced that his replacement for the top job was already on staff:

It’s debatable to what degree MacLean should have been held responsible for the Sens’ problems. Colleague Dave Lozo suggested earlier today that MacLean never really had a chance given what was going on in Ottawa, and he makes a good case. What isn’t debatable is that new head coach Dave Cameron now inherits pretty much all of the same problems.

General manager Bryan Murray talked about some of those problems in a press conference streamed live on the team’s official site. While he stressed turnovers and defensive play early, it quickly became clear that he saw the relationship between MacLean and his players as the primary issue. Asked by the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch whether communication had become a one-way street, Murray agreed that he had that sense from the players he had talked to.

It was an interesting comment, particularly taken in the context of an assistant coach ...

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