During the third period of last night’s loss, after what was a horrendous weekend of hockey for the Ottawa Senators, an interesting tweet by Ian Mendes set off a bit of a fire storm on Twitter.
Interesting note from Gord Wilson: Dave Cameron now appears to be coaching the Sens defensemen while Mark Reeds is with the forwards.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) March 16, 2014
Apparently the media picked up on it in the third period against Montreal too. Dave Cameron has been responsible for the forwards this season while the defence is the responsibility of Mark Reeds. And as far as I know, it has been that way since they got here.
Now I’m not sure how often something like this happens during an NHL season but it seems strange that the two Assistant Coaches would switch responsibilities this late in the season. When asked about it after the game, Paul MacLean would not comment. On the surface it seems like an odd yet fairly harmless move but the fact that MacLean would not comment makes it seem like there may be more to it than we realize and that maybe, the decision was out of his hands.
Marc Methot did offer a short comment on the switch
“I guess, it’s about getting a little help from Dave. There’s not much else I can say. If the coaches haven’t said anything, there’s not much I can say. They are all qualified NHL coaches. To us, it’s not a big deal. We know Dave really well. He does a good job.”
May be something to keep an eye on this week.