Senators fire coach Cory Clouston

 

Hours after concluding, what has been a disasterous season, the Ottawa Senators did the expected in cleaning house by firing coach, Cory Clouston, along with assistants, Greg Carvel and Brad Lauer. Ottawa, who on Saturday afternoon lost their last regular season game 3-2 against the Boston Bruins, finished the regular season with a 32-40-10 record, which had them 13th in the Eastern Conference, with a disappointing 74 points. In not making the play-offs Ottawa has now missed out on post season play twice in the last three years. This has come after a proud streak, which saw them make post season for 11 straight years. “Just simply based on performance over the course of the year, we felt that a change was necessary,” said Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray, who on Friday signed a three year extension. Coaches get the finger pointed at them maybe more than they should, but in this case we felt … we had a competitive hockey team and for whatever reason we didn’t play to the level that we thought we should … or we expected.”  Clouston began his Senators’ coaching career on February 2, 2009 when he arrived from the American League, where at the time, he was coaching the Senators’ farm team, the Binghampton Senators.  Things didn’t go completely smoothly for Clouston that first year as he apparently rubbed some players the wrong way, including star forward, Dany Heatley, who eventually demanded a trade. After missing the play-offs that first season Clouston had better luck the following year, as Ottawa had 44 wins, but lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the play-offs. Overall Clouston leaves with a 95-83-20 overall record behind the Senators’ bench. “We’ll certainly step back for a few days … or a few weeks … and wait to see who becomes available,” said Murray. “At some time, probably in late April, we’ll start talking to people.”

“As a result, changes have to be made.”

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