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.
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.