MacLean to Coach Sens

Paul MacLean new Head COach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators

"I'm watching you."

Paul MacLean, of Antigonish, NS, is expected to be announced as the new head coach for the Ottawa Senators as early as tomorrow.

It’s hoped that MacLean can put a stop to the revolving door of coaches in Ottawa. The Sens have seen four different coaches (GM Bryan Murray twice) behind the bench since 2007.

Despite this being his first NHL head coaching job, MacLean brings a wealth of NHL experience to the Senators franchise. In addition to the 10 seasons as a player with Winnipeg, Detroit, and St. Louis, MacLean has been the head coach for eight seasons in the minors, and nine as an assistant at the NHL level.

There is a level of familiarity with this move. In 2002, MacLean was hired as an assistant to Mike Babcock when Bryan Murray was the GM in Anaheim. Babcock’s coaching staff has since become one of the most sought after in recent years. Todd McLellan choose to take the head coaching position in San Jose, and recently Brad McCrimmon has been mentioned in the conversation for NHL head coaching vacancies.

MacLean has been an assistant on Mike Babcock’s staff for the past eight years in both Detroit and Anaheim. Under Babcock, MacLean reached the Stanley Cup Finals three times, winning it all in 2008. He also coached the Quad City Mallards to a UHL title in 2000/01. He was named the Hockey News’ minor-league coach of the year in 1994 and posted a 374-205-59 career record as a head coach in the minors.

As a player MacLean was a gritty player that was willing to go to the hard places to help his team win. He had his best season in 1984/85 posting 101 points. He had nine seasons with 30+ goals, including three in which he cracked the 40 goal mark.

He finished his playing career in 1991 having amassed 708 points (345 G, 363 A) in 772 career NHL regular season and playoff games

A formal announcement is expected as early as Tuesday, the Senators possibly waiting to see if the playoffs are ended tonight. Vancouver has a chance to hoist the Cup for the first time if they can beat Boston on home ice in game six of the finals

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