Paul MacLean

Report: Ducks received permission to speak with Paul MacLean


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.

Report: Cameron nearing a two-year extension with the Senators

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.

Video: Blues’ Elliott leaves game with right leg injury (Updated)

St. Louis Blues’ goaltender Brian Elliott has left tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators with an apparent right leg injury.

Blues’ defenseman Chris Butler pushed Sens’ forward Erik Condra into Elliott. While going down, Elliott got his right leg caught underneath his body.

The puck went in on the play, but the goal was waved off, which Ottawa coach Paul MacLean wasn’t too happy about.

Jake Allen is now in net for St. Louis.


Video: Daniel Sedin scores OT winner


Daniel Sedin put home brother Henrik Sedin’s feed from a tough angle with under a minute remaining in overtime helping the Vancouver Canucks edge the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Canucks have now won four of their last five while the loss stretches the Sens’ losing skid to three games.

As you see in the clip, Sens’ head coach Paul MacLean was displeased with a missed interference call on Kyle Turris prior to the goal.

It was a back and forth affair between the two teams meeting for the first time since last season’s Heritage classic.

Shawn Matthias opened the scoring, but Mike Hoffman tied it 1-1 less than four minutes later. After Alex Burrows gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead, Kyle Turris tied it 2-2 with just over two minutes remaining in the first.

It remained tied 2-2 until 5:36 of the third, when Kevin Bieksa gave Vancouver its’ third lead of the night. Mark Stone knotted it at 3-3 before the midway mark of the final period forcing overtime.

Ryan Miller made 20 saves in the while while Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots in a losing cause.

Babcock: ‘We were as bad as we could be’


Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg had the lone goal as the Red Wings fell 3-1 to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.

Detroit (6-3-3) entered Tuesday night’s action off a 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo on Sunday night.

Post-game, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t hold back when giving his thoughts on the game.

“We saw urgency from [the Senators],” Babcock said per “I thought they played good and I thought we were as bad as we could be. I haven’t seen us like that this year. You don’t like to see many games like that. It’s disappointing obviously. Our preparation, the job we did as coaches and the focus we had for the game of taking care of the puck, we obviously didn’t get our message across and didn’t do a very good job of having our team ready.

“We didn’t play hard as a group. In the end, it’s real simple. You do good things, good things happen to you. We got exactly what we deserved here tonight.”

Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch and Clarke MacArthur had the goals for Ottawa (6-3-2). Craig Anderson made 32 saves helping the Senators improve to 3-0-2 on home ice this season.

Jimmy Howard 31 saves in the loss.

Ottawa out-shot Detroit 16-2 in the first period.

“We didn’t spend any time in their end. They were just in our end. Eventually it gets tiring, when you see that,” Zetterberg said. “They were really wearing on our D in the first period and that showed in the third.”

Senators defenseman Chris Phillips left the game in the third period with a lower body injury and did not return.

Following the game, Paul MacLean said Phillips injury was a day-to-day thing and the team would determine prior to Wednesday’s practice whether a player would be recalled.