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08:21 AM ET 06.02 | While the Baby Sens continue their Calder Cup finals series with the Houston Aeros, the big club is looking at options beyond Binghamton coach Kurt Kleinendorst. Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has a history with Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean. Murray also has a job open -- possibly one MacLean would like to have. And the Wings would like to have MacLean around a bit longer. The job is head coach of the Senators, open after Murray canned Cory Clouston at season's end. MacLean has interviewed for the job, an NHL source told MLive.com. MacLean isn't the only candidate for the job. Murray also plans to interview Kleinendorst once that team's season is over.

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June 2, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Go with MacLean. After the Clouston experiment the Senators needs a coach who knows how to handle the pros from day 1, not another guy who'll learn on the job. That team needs leadership.

June 2, 2011  09:25 AM ET

MacLean would be a great choice to coach - but how much will he be able to do with Murray's interference? My opinion- Clouston did as much as he could with roster he had.

June 2, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

MacLean would be a great choice to coach - but how much will he be able to do with Murray's interference? My opinion- Clouston did as much as he could with roster he had.

I agree.

The old saying goes, "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken ****."

June 2, 2011  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

MacLean would be a great choice to coach - but how much will he be able to do with Murray's interference? My opinion- Clouston did as much as he could with roster he had.

DISAGREE!!!!

Clouston ruined the team...Murray just helped. It wasn't Murray who forced Heatley out of town and sucked the heart out of the rest of the team with a useless system and ridiculous, unearned arrogance. Murray should not have backed his coach in that situation, but it was Clouston's presence that made everyone jump ship, not Murray, who had coached the team to the Finals right before taking over as GM.

I also think they will need a "player's coach" this time around. They essentially dropped a mutiny on Clouston - replacing him with a carbon copy will get the same result. They need a guy who will give the team an identity. MacLean isn't high on charisma.

Also, I still keep hearing that Dave Cameron has been promised the job by Melnyk. Apparently, Melnyk made an agreement with Cameron that he would coach Mississauga until after the World Juniors (Melnyk hosted in Ottawa) and the Memorial Cup (Melnyk hosted in Mississauga). After that, Cameron was to take over the big club.

Mind you, losing in the Final of both tournaments may have changed things for Cameron...

June 2, 2011  10:33 AM ET

the question is if HE wants to go to Ottawa. I'm not sure at this point that I believe that Brian Murray is capable of putting a competitor on the ice. No offense to the sens, but their roster + prospects are dead last in the division, IMO. When Toronto looks more promising than you, there's a problem.

June 2, 2011  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I agree. The old saying goes, "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken ****."

Unless ... your name is Lindy Ruff or Barry Trotz.

June 2, 2011  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Unless ... your name is Lindy Ruff or Barry Trotz.

go Preds!

June 2, 2011  02:00 PM ET

Phew... for a second there I thought they were talking about DOUG McLean. Anyone else would be a major upgrade.

As for true contenders, I think they need a veteran coach to right the ship at this point. Too many guys have come in with new systems and approaches. They need a guy who can clear out the baggage and get everyone to put personal agendas aside and focus on the rebuild. To do that, you need a coach with cach?? who clearly outranks anyone on the team, and isn't afraid to pull rank when needed.

I hate to say it, but maybe they need a Keenan?

June 2, 2011  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Unless ... your name is Lindy Ruff or Barry Trotz.

Roamer I'm officailly cancelling our lunch date. :-)

June 2, 2011  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

DISAGREE!!!!Clouston ruined the team...Murray just helped. It wasn't Murray who forced Heatley out of town and sucked the heart out of the rest of the team with a useless system and ridiculous, unearned arrogance. Murray should not have backed his coach in that situation, but it was Clouston's presence that made everyone jump ship, not Murray, who had coached the team to the Finals right before taking over as GM.I also think they will need a "player's coach" this time around. They essentially dropped a mutiny on Clouston - replacing him with a carbon copy will get the same result. They need a guy who will give the team an identity. MacLean isn't high on charisma. Also, I still keep hearing that Dave Cameron has been promised the job by Melnyk. Apparently, Melnyk made an agreement with Cameron that he would coach Mississauga until after the World Juniors (Melnyk hosted in Ottawa) and the Memorial Cup (Melnyk hosted in Mississauga). After that, Cameron was to take over the big club.Mind you, losing in the Final of both tournaments may have changed things for Cameron...

Heatly, IMO, whined his way out of town - whether it was an issue with Clouston or not, he is a highly paid "professional" who should show up and do his job, or he should give money back for sandbagging it when he did.

Murray's most recent brilliance was signing Kovalev and signing Gonchar, while having all the other semi-decent FA's on that team walk away. I would have to go back look up all of BM's bonehead moves of the last few years, including his drafts ...

Maybe the team did tune out Clouston, but IMO, I still not see that mess should be laid at Clouston's feet. Remember Ottawa was in the Cup finals just 4 years ago. It takes a special person to ruin a team that quick.

June 2, 2011  03:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Roamer I'm officailly cancelling our lunch date. :-)

Have no fear. No chicken salad for me either. Let's have octopus.

June 2, 2011  03:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

DISAGREE!!!!Clouston ruined the team...Murray just helped. It wasn't Murray who forced Heatley out of town and sucked the heart out of the rest of the team with a useless system and ridiculous, unearned arrogance. Murray should not have backed his coach in that situation, but it was Clouston's presence that made everyone jump ship, not Murray, who had coached the team to the Finals right before taking over as GM.I also think they will need a "player's coach" this time around. They essentially dropped a mutiny on Clouston - replacing him with a carbon copy will get the same result. They need a guy who will give the team an identity. MacLean isn't high on charisma. Also, I still keep hearing that Dave Cameron has been promised the job by Melnyk. Apparently, Melnyk made an agreement with Cameron that he would coach Mississauga until after the World Juniors (Melnyk hosted in Ottawa) and the Memorial Cup (Melnyk hosted in Mississauga). After that, Cameron was to take over the big club.Mind you, losing in the Final of both tournaments may have changed things for Cameron...

Heater went over and transformed the Sharks into the NEW SENS!

June 2, 2011  03:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Have no fear. No chicken salad for me either. Let's have octopus.

Okay we're back on.

And do you think it's safe to put Ruff Trotz in the same sentence?

June 2, 2011  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Heatly, IMO, whined his way out of town - whether it was an issue with Clouston or not, he is a highly paid "professional" who should show up and do his job, or he should give money back for sandbagging it when he did.Murray's most recent brilliance was signing Kovalev and signing Gonchar, while having all the other semi-decent FA's on that team walk away. I would have to go back look up all of BM's bonehead moves of the last few years, including his drafts ...Maybe the team did tune out Clouston, but IMO, I still not see that mess should be laid at Clouston's feet. Remember Ottawa was in the Cup finals just 4 years ago. It takes a special person to ruin a team that quick.

No doubt he whined his way out, but he did it because of Clouston. He had gone to the Finals a season earlier loving the system he played under Murray - led the team in playoff scoring, if I remember right.

It DOES take a special person to ruin a team that quick. It was clouston...and Murray backing him. Nobody wanted to play for Clouston - including Heater, Spezza and Alfredsson, probably the best 3some in the league at the time. Murray backed an idiot coach instead of his top talent. Montreal did that once and spent a decade trying to make up for trading Roy instead of gassing Tremblay. Murray made the dumb decision to stick with Clouston, yes, but had Clouston not been the league's worst coach and a completely polarizing figure in the dressing room, they never would have had to trade Heatley. Don't get forced to trade Heater, you don't have to sign Kovalev in desperation. You don't overpay Gonchar just to come to town and dog it. Free Agents sign for less for a shot at the Cup. The re-build is unnecessary. Clouston ruined the team. Murray just had front row seats and a kill switch he never pushed.

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June 2, 2011  08:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I agree. The old saying goes, "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken ****."

To a certain degree..... I do agree......however, he hasn't had nothing to work with(IMO) he just had a hard time making due with what they had, now take a look at T.O, they could've mailed in the season but instead tried to make it to the second season regardless. Kovalev fits the "chicken ****" billing and always will, but there has been some talent there to work with and since he didn't do a great job.......he got fired.

Well I hope they get this team back into the winning ways, as it makes for good games.

June 2, 2011  09:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

No doubt he whined his way out, but he did it because of Clouston. He had gone to the Finals a season earlier loving the system he played under Murray - led the team in playoff scoring, if I remember right. It DOES take a special person to ruin a team that quick. It was clouston...and Murray backing him. Nobody wanted to play for Clouston - including Heater, Spezza and Alfredsson, probably the best 3some in the league at the time. Murray backed an idiot coach instead of his top talent. Montreal did that once and spent a decade trying to make up for trading Roy instead of gassing Tremblay. Murray made the dumb decision to stick with Clouston, yes, but had Clouston not been the league's worst coach and a completely polarizing figure in the dressing room, they never would have had to trade Heatley. Don't get forced to trade Heater, you don't have to sign Kovalev in desperation. You don't overpay Gonchar just to come to town and dog it. Free Agents sign for less for a shot at the Cup. The re-build is unnecessary. Clouston ruined the team. Murray just had front row seats and a kill switch he never pushed.

as a habs fan...thanks for signing Jovalev.

June 2, 2011  11:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

the question is if HE wants to go to Ottawa. I'm not sure at this point that I believe that Brian Murray is capable of putting a competitor on the ice. No offense to the sens, but their roster + prospects are dead last in the division, IMO. When Toronto looks more promising than you, there's a problem.

yet the b sens are the final and they have the best defenseman not playing in the NHL in rundblad, ya no prospects at all your COMPLETELY right...

June 3, 2011  12:15 AM ET

Never liked the Murrays' way of coaching, managing

 
June 3, 2011  07:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Never liked the Murrays' way of coaching, managing

Bryan and Terry have had more jobs in the NHL combined than Montreal has Stanley Cups.

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