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GM Murray has no ‘definite answer’ on MacLean’s future

Mar 29, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 14: Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators looks on during the game against the Minnesota Wild on January 14, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Senators defeated the Wild 3-0. Getty Images

Could Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean really get fired less than 12 months after he won the Jack Adams Award?

Probably not, but it certainly seems like his standing with the team has been significantly diminished by Ottawa’s poor performance in the 2013-14 campaign.

GM Bryan Murray wants to wait until the season’s over before deciding what changes need to be made, but when asked specifically about MacLean’s future during an interview on TSN 1200, Murray offered lukewarm support at best.

“I don’t have any definite answer but Paul (MacLean) has got a contract going forward,” said Murray, per the Ottawa Sun. “He was coach of the year last year. I don’t know what happened this year necessarily as far as performance is concerned.”

After that, Murray did throw in that he thinks MacLean’s a good coach.

Anything could happen, but the Senators aren’t likely to start the 2014-15 campaign with a new bench boss. That being said, it seems reasonable to believe that if Ottawa struggles out of the gate next season, MacLean will be on the hot seat.

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  1. smarshall3789 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Are you kidding me? Exactly why this team goes no where. You find a great coach and cause of one bad season you want to fire him! This guy is a great coach and was taught the right way from being under Babcock! If Ottawa knows what’s good for them they fire that idiot gm and make changes to the roster! If MacLean was fired I’d bet there would be at least 15 teams trying to get him! So funny to see Canadian markets fail so they make stupid choices to continue to fail!

  2. joey4id - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    “I don’t know what happened this year necessarily as far as performance is concerned.” He knows exactly what happened, otherwise he wouldn’t be an NHL GM.

  3. 19inarow - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    The Isles will take him! Well no, actually Garth Snow thinks he’s already got the next Al Arbor in Jack Crapuano.

    What the heck happened to the Senators, anyway? The loss of Alfredsson?

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      The loss of his leadership more so than his skill set, career worst years but many players, not having a team identity like last year (pesky sens) and goaltending that wasn’t able to cover up the mistakes made in their own zone.

    • sens101 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      The loss of alfie was huge. Both leadership and skill set. He was amazing all around player and professional that was a calming influence on the whole team. When the sens would be caught running around in their own end, he would be the one to get the puck out and make smart simple plays. He’s one of the major reasons the wings are still in it despite their injuries.

  4. boardupthehouse - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    As much as I think it would be a great insult to fire him I would love to him him behind the islanders bench! He’s a great coach

  5. hockeydon10 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    If he gets fired he may end up back as an assistant on a powerhouse team. It’s more likely he finds another head coach job, but I’d say there is a chance he ends up with a true contender as an assistant as well.

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