Earlier this week I mentioned that the Ottawa Senators search for a new coach was expected to heat up this week. Apparently that is not the case.
A tip sent my way last night that we can expect the search to really intensify beginning early next week.
When asked about the head coach search in the past, Bryan Murray has indicated that he hopes to have something in place before the draft. That really doesn’t give them a ton of time to interview potential candidates and make a decision.
With Ruff and Muller (potentially?) off the market, the Sens will have to expand to some additional candidates.
There are a number of guys out there that would suit what the club is looking for but I really think the most important thing will be an ability to connect with younger players. They want a guy with a track record obviously but communication skills is going to be huge on the club’s list of priorities.
An interesting name that could soon be available is Bruce Boudreau. His Washington Capitals are on the ropes right now and could be eliminated with another loss tonight in Tampa Bay. You would have to think his job is on the line this season.
How would fans feel about the possibility of Boudreau behind the Sens bench?
Game five wasn’t pretty for the Binghamton Senators. The Portland Pirates scored early and often and extended the series to a sixth game on Friday night in Portland. The BSens still hold a 3-2 lead but the next two games will be played on the road but that might not be such a bad thing for Kleinendorst’s club.
They have played some of their best hockey on the road in these playoffs.