Report: Ducks received permission to speak with Paul MacLean

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Last month the Ottawa Sun reported that no team had approached the Senators for permission to speak with fired coach Paul MacLean.

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, that has changed.

The Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission to speak to MacLean regarding their vacant assistant coaching position.

MacLean was fired in December after the Sens started the season with an 11-11-5 record.

In parts of four seasons behind the Ottawa Bench, the 57-year-old guided the Sens to a 114-90-35 record. The Senators clinched playoff berths in each of MacLean’s first two seasons.

Anaheim has a vacancy on Bruce Boudreau’s staff after the club fired Brad Lauer earlier this month.

In his 30 Thoughts post, Elliotte Friedman suggests MacLean may need some convincing to take a job other than a head coaching role.

MacLean served as an assistant coach in Anaheim when Mike Babcock was the team’s head coach.