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.

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


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.


MacLean bothered he still has to tell Sens to play harder

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal

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Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too:

Still no wins for Penguins, still zero points for Crosby

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It’s just three games … it’s just three games … it’s only three games.

That’s the thought that has to run through the heads of many people around the Pittsburgh Penguins, even if other organizations seem to believe they’re going “off the rails” in similar situations.

In falling to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2, the Penguins at least managed a couple goals. One of them even had players grabbing assists.

Still, there’s no denying the headlines to many:

Zero standings points for the Penguins; zero goals and zero assists for Sidney Crosby.


There was some progress, mind you.

Crosby fired four SOG, up from a troubling zero in the first two games. He showed a little frustration with four penalty minutes, too.

The Penguins even reunited Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the power play.

It’s small potatoes for Penguins fans watching Max Pacioretty generate better offense than their entire team … but babysteps, right?