The Ottawa Senators announced that André Tourigny was hired as an assistant head coach on Thursday.
Tourigny (pictured to Patrick Roy’s left) was with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014-15 and 2013-14. He resigned in May, with the reasoning be stated that he was pursuing a head coaching gig. Instead, he’ll serve as Dave Cameron’s assistant.
The Denver Post postulated that Tourigny wasn’t to blame for the Avs’ oft-mentioned possession issues, yet it’s not exactly the greatest calling card, either. That said, he had a lot of success at the QMJHL level and must have made an impression on Cameron while coaching Team Canada at multiple World Junior Championships.
For more on Tourigny, check out the Senators’ release.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun the Senators and coach Dave Cameron are nearing an agreement on a two-year contract extension.
Cameron took over the head coaching duties after Paul MacLean was fired on Dec. 8.
The 56-year-old led the Senators to a 32-15-8 record good for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Cameron is also close to filling out his coaching staff.
Garrioch’s sources say former Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Andre Tourigny, will fill the spot left by Mark Reeds who passed away in April.
Tourigny was an assistant on Cameron’s coaching staff when Team Canada won silver at the world junior championship’s in 2011.
Chris Phillips will not play another game this season.
The Sens’ defenseman last played on Feb. 5 and has missed the last 35 games.
“Chris Phillips is going to have surgery (on Tuesday) for a back issue and I expect him back obviously in training camp,” head coach Dave Cameron announced on Monday. “I think most cases surgery is the last option.”
The 37-year-old had three assists in 36 games this season while averaging 20:54 in time on ice.
Phillips has one year remaining on his two-year $5 million contract.
Matt Moulson scored the shootout winner as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Monday night.
Buffalo has now won four straight and 10 of 13.
The loss drops the Sens to 0-1-2 under head coach Dave Cameron.
After Bobby Ryan opened the scoring in the first, the Sabres scored three straight in the second.
Rasmus Ristolainen tied it 1-1, Moulson netted his seventh of the season and Marcus Foligno gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead.
Mark Stone pulled Ottawa to within one with 6:18 remaining in the second.
Curtis Lazar scored his first career NHL goal tying it 3-3 at 2:02 of the third.
Alex Chiasson gave Ottawa its’ second lead of the night just over three minutes later.
However, Brian Flynn tied it 4-4 to force overtime at 16:31 of the final frame.
Jhonas Enroth improved to 10-10-1 with a 29 save effort. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots in the loss.
The Ottawa Senators might have some familiar faces from incumbent GM Bryan Murray to banged up captain Daniel Alfredsson, but those common elements cannot mask their overall changing makeup. Perhaps the biggest area of change is on the coaching staff. TSN reports that Dave Cameron and Mark Reeds have been added as assistants for new head coach Paul MacLean (pictured).
Neither Cameron nor Reeds sports a game-changing mustache like MacLean’s outstanding bit of facial hair, but Senators fans are probably more concerned with their resumes. Both have been successful at hockey’s lower levels, giving Ottawa three fresh new voices.
The Senators hope that they can get over the hump much like Cameron. He brought the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors to the Memorial Cup finals only to see his team lose the Saint John’s Sea Dogs and was behind the bench for the Canadian World Junior team’s shocking third period meltdown to those heavy-drinking Russians in the gold medal game. Perhaps a star-crossed franchise like the Senators could succeed with a star-crossed assistant like Cameron?
Reeds was a more straightforward success: he spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Owen Sound Attack, winning the 2011 OHL championship in the process. Here is a little more info about the Senators’ coaching staff from TSN.
Luke Richardson will remain in the organization as a part-time coach and Rick Wamsley will return for his second season as Senators goaltending coach.