According to Steve Lloyd of The Team 1200, Binghamton Senators bench boss Kurt Kleinendorst is scheduled to meet with Sens GM Bryan Murray at some point this afternoon. The two have already spoken about the head coach position in Ottawa but today will be the formal interview.
It is believed that this is the last remaining interview to be conducted.
The Sens search for a head coach has been one filled with a number of twists and turns. Only a couple of days ago I was told that Murray was leaning strongly in the direction of the guy with the most head coach experience. Craig MacTavish coached eight years with the Oilers and appeared in one Stanley Cup Finals.
Early yesterday afternoon the direction seemed to change a little bit for whatever reason and I was told Murray may be headed in another direction.
With that said, I still have every reason to believe that MacT is a strong candidate for the position. Some have even suggested that follow up work has been done on MacTavish including speaking with people that have worked with him the past. If that’s true, it certainly seems like a pretty strong indication that Murray is interested. The Minnesota Wild are also considering MacTavish for their vacant position.
There is also plenty of support for Paul MacLean, who in my mind, is a great candidate. He has been in the Wings organization for awhile and has experience under one of the best in Babcock. He also has a history with Murray. Definitely makes sense as a finalist.
It’s safe to assume that after Murray speaks with Kleinendorst this afternoon, he will have a pretty good idea who he wants.
Still have people suggesting otherwise so I’ll say it again- Dave Cameron will not be the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators.