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.