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Report: Senators, coach Cameron agree to extension

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The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Dave Cameron to a two-year extension, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Cameron became Ottawa’s bench boss after Paul MacLean was let go on Dec. 8. Under his guidance, the Senators posted a 32-15-8 record, including a 21-3-3 finish to make the playoffs after all hope seemed lost.

His success was largely thanks to the trust he put in his young core. Rookie Mark Stone saw his playing time substantially increase under Cameron with him logging a then season-high 19:07 minutes in the new head coach’s debut. Stone went on to play a key role in Ottawa’s Cinderella Story and earned a Calder Trophy nomination.

Cameron was also the benefactor of goaltender Andrew Hammond’s improbable rise. The 27-year-old netminder had a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 contests.

Before joining Ottawa as an assistant coach in 2011, he served as the head coach of the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and led them to the 2011 Memorial Cup.

USA Hockey picks Ron Wilson as 2016 World Juniors head coach

Ron Wilson

USA Hockey has announced that Ron Wilson will serve as the head coach of the 2016 National Junior Team.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Ron guiding our National Junior Team,” said assistant executive director for hockey operations Jim Johannson. “His resume speaks for itself, both as a player and a coach, and we know he’ll do an outstanding job.”

Wilson has 1,401 regular season games worth of NHL experience as a bench boss with Anaheim, Washington, San Jose, and Toronto. Over that lengthy stretch he posted a 648-561-101-91 record. Wilson also reached the playoffs on eight separate occasions and made it to the Stanley Cup Final with the Capitals in 1998.

On the international stage, Wilson led Team USA to the silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also won the 1996 World Cup with the United States and was the bench boss in the 1996 World Championships when America won the bronze medal.

Team USA won the World Juniors in 2013, but they’ve finished in fifth place in each of the last two tournaments.

Report: Julien, his staff will return for 2015-16

Claude Julien

The Boston Bruins will reportedly enter the 2015-16 campaign with head coach Claude Julien and he will be allowed to keep his staff, according to CSN New England’s Tony Massarotti, who was citing a source.

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The idea that Julien will be back meshes with previous reports. However, it sounded like the Bruins were, at least at one point, considering replacing some or all of his assistant coaches.

As the Boston Globe noted, Julien might be on a short leash even if he does return, giving him little margin for error.

Since joining the Bruins in 2008, Julien has led them to a 351-192-79 record. He inherited a team that had missed the playoffs in back-to-back years and led them to seven consecutive postseason berths. Over that stretch Boston made it to the Stanley Cup Final twice and won the championship in 2011. However, they’re coming off of a disappointing season where they failed to make the playoffs.