The search is on for not one, but two new assistant coaches, as Paul MacLean was named the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators this morning.
“Paul brings a wealth of experience as both a coach and a teacher of the game,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “He has been a winner during his coaching career and comes to Ottawa from an organization that has a history of both success on the ice and in developing players.”
Murray and MacLean have a history together from their days in Anaheim. Mike Babcock’s praise seemed to make quite the difference with his former boss.
As for possible replacements, numerous names have been thrown out there, including former Panthers coach Pete DeBoer, Bob Boughner, Todd Richards and Ken Hitchcock.
Brad McCrimmon, the other Red Wings assistant during the 2010-11 season, was recently hired as the head coach of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Kontinental Hockey League.
- The Brendan Smithsonian Institution breaks down the first cluster of 119 2010-11 predictions.
- We’re expecting decisions on the future of Draper, Osgood and Lidstrom any day now. Meanwhile, The Nightmare on Helm Street weighs in on Drapes.
- Draper also was involved in a recent workout with Detroit Lions players.
- The Bleacher Report wouldn’t mind seeing Joe Louis Arena retired.
- Paul McCartney and his famed Winged Wheel guitar will play Comerica Park in July.
Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final is tomorrow night at 8:00 P.M. EDT (NBC, CBC, RDS) from Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Canucks have not won a Stanley Cup in their 40-year history, while the Bruins have not hoisted Lord Stanley since 1972.
If it is anything like the first six games, it should be eventful.