Calder Cup Opener- Head Coach Talk

SensChirp May 27, 2011 0

As I mentioned in a post the other day, Sens GM Bryan Murray has begun his search for the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators. Cory Clouston was relieved of his duties a day after the regular season ended and since that point, the organization has been thinking about who would be the best fit with this rebuilding/retooling hockey club.

Word is the interviews have started this week.

Got an email from a contact late yesterday afternoon that included a list of the people he believes will be interviewed for the head coach position. Interesting variety of names on this list including a name that nobody is talking about.

At least one name on here, Marc Crawford, has apparently already been interviewed.

Unfortunately, I can not confirm whether or not this is the actual list of candidates but considering what we already know, some of the names make sense. Also, I doubt this is a complete list of interviewees. Names like Kirk Muller, Ken Hitchcock and Craig MacTavish are all noticeably absent from this group. Also, Dave Cameron is on this list but I have been told on a couple of occasions that he is a long shot to be the next coach.

Let’s call it speculation for now. Here are the names that were passed along…

  • Kurt Kleinendorst – Binghamton Senators (AHL)
  • Gerard Gallant – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
  • Brad McCrimmon
  • Randy Cunneyworth – Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
  • Marc Crawford
  • Don Jackson – Eisbären Berlin (DEL)
  • Dave Cameron – Mississauga St. Mike’s Majors (OHL)

Bob McKenzie has also weighed in on the Sens coaching situation and offered up some other names to consider. Kirk Muller, Craig MacTavish, Pete DeBoer, John Torchetti and Kevin Dineen are all on his list.

Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals goes tonight in Houston. It has been a fairly lengthy layoff for the Binghamton Senators so I would expect to see signs of rust from a team that was red hot against the Charlotte Checkers.

No word on whether or not there will be a stream for this one but keep an eye on the comment section because there is often one posted in there closer to game time.

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