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08:34 AM ET 06.10 | Few have been so declarative, but the sentiment is out there that Paul MacLean has moved to the front of the line in Ottawa. [MacLean] is going to be the next coach of the Senators. ... When Mike Babcock was hired by Murray to coach the Ducks, he hired MacLean as an assistant. MacLean has been with Babcock ever since, from his two years in Anaheim to six with Detroit. [Bryan Murray's] proudest hiring is Babcock and with good reason. The Wings coach is one of if not the best in the league. There's no doubt he has given MacLean a ringing endorsement and it's certain Murray values Babcock's opinion. As an assistant in the NHL for as long as he's been, MacLean must be a good communicator. And judging by the success the Wings have had the past six seasons, he's done a good job coaching them up with Babcock. If Murray liked the way he interviewed, it says here MacLean will soon be moving to Ottawa.

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June 10, 2011  09:05 AM ET

So hire him already and let him get to work, cause god knows theres lots of work to be done in ottawa, get ready for the draft and let him prepare for the kids that will be in camp.... why do teams always wait so long to name a coach

June 10, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

.... why do teams always wait so long to name a coach

A lot of them are probably waiting to see if Burke will make Wilson available...: )

June 10, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A lot of them are probably waiting to see if Burke will make Wilson available...: )

you can replace your custodian anytime..lol

June 10, 2011  09:50 AM ET

Question:

Should teams with stars signed long term, with mostly untradeable contracts, be consulting said stars about their coach hirings?

Realistically, the player will still be there after the coach is gone, in most cases.

But you are also essentially letting the tail wag the dog.

Had Murray interviewed Spezza/Alfie/Heater about Clouston they could have avoided that travesty.

But then guys like that expect that courtesy on all decisions being made.

Tough call - any thoughts?

June 10, 2011  09:58 AM ET

Personally i think the solution has to be addressed in the cba, you want the big contract and a no trade claus thats fine but if you want to be traded it cant get to the press and you go where ever the team gets the best trade.... no more of this "i want a trade and i will only accept a trade to these 5 teams" if you ask for the trade you should lose that right... im sure babcock would have demanded heater play both sides of the puck also, which is what clouston wanted, heater just had too much ego to have a rookie coach put him in his place...

June 10, 2011  09:59 AM ET

as im sure youve heard before "you cant have the inmates running the asylum"

June 10, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A lot of them are probably waiting to see if Burke will make Wilson available...: )

LMAO - I see your sense of humour is still intact.

June 10, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Question:Should teams with stars signed long term, with mostly untradeable contracts, be consulting said stars about their coach hirings?Realistically, the player will still be there after the coach is gone, in most cases. But you are also essentially letting the tail wag the dog.Had Murray interviewed Spezza/Alfie/Heater about Clouston they could have avoided that travesty.But then guys like that expect that courtesy on all decisions being made.Tough call - any thoughts?

I sure as heck had wished they had consulted the players in Toronto first GoCan...!

June 10, 2011  11:28 AM ET

If you're looking for a better mustache to coach your team, I don't think you'll find too many other options.

June 10, 2011  12:03 PM ET

Is he a Newfie? Every Newfie I know has a moustache that looks like his.

June 10, 2011  12:10 PM ET

Same stash - amazing.

June 10, 2011  12:16 PM ET

Now watch - pundits will claim that it wasn't Babcock that really had the success in Motown. It was MacLean. And, they will claim further, if MacLean leaves, the Winged Wheels will get caught in a rut which will make the Dead Wings era look like a party.

But I have confidence that while MacLean will have the success in Ottawa that ex-Wings have had in places like Tampa Bay and San Jose, the Motowners aren't going to disappear soon.

Good luck, Paul. We will miss you.

June 10, 2011  12:51 PM ET
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Now watch - pundits will claim that it wasn't Babcock that really had the success in Motown. It was MacLean. And, they will claim further, if MacLean leaves, the Winged Wheels will get caught in a rut which will make the Dead Wings era look like a party.But I have confidence that while MacLean will have the success in Ottawa that ex-Wings have had in places like Tampa Bay and San Jose, the Motowners aren't going to disappear soon.Good luck, Paul. We will miss you.

Agreed. While Detriot is a desired destination for many star players, it's also a jumping off point for many future stars/coaches. Ville Leino (sp?) in Philly, as an example. Just need their chance to shine...

June 10, 2011  02:44 PM ET

Please, please, please let me get out of a good thing to land on a sinking ship! PLEASE!!!!

June 10, 2011  02:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Now watch - pundits will claim that it wasn't Babcock that really had the success in Motown. It was MacLean. And, they will claim further, if MacLean leaves, the Winged Wheels will get caught in a rut which will make the Dead Wings era look like a party.But I have confidence that while MacLean will have the success in Ottawa that ex-Wings have had in places like Tampa Bay and San Jose, the Motowners aren't going to disappear soon.Good luck, Paul. We will miss you.

I think that Babcock has earned his stripes

June 10, 2011  02:49 PM ET
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Personally i think the solution has to be addressed in the cba, you want the big contract and a no trade claus thats fine but if you want to be traded it cant get to the press and you go where ever the team gets the best trade.... no more of this "i want a trade and i will only accept a trade to these 5 teams" if you ask for the trade you should lose that right... im sure babcock would have demanded heater play both sides of the puck also, which is what clouston wanted, heater just had too much ego to have a rookie coach put him in his place...

the teams just don't have to give out loose contracts like it was candy, and then they wouldn't be in those predicaments.

I have nothing against the fine people of Ottawa, but at some point there's a problem when your stars continually want out.

June 10, 2011  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Question:Should teams with stars signed long term, with mostly untradeable contracts, be consulting said stars about their coach hirings?Realistically, the player will still be there after the coach is gone, in most cases. But you are also essentially letting the tail wag the dog.Had Murray interviewed Spezza/Alfie/Heater about Clouston they could have avoided that travesty.But then guys like that expect that courtesy on all decisions being made.Tough call - any thoughts?

when you have a guy like ALfie that means so much to the team and will most likely end up in your front office, I think its okay to include them in the decision process...but not a Heatley or Spezza. You have to earn that sort of respect from the organization, and frankly, neither of them did.

It's not just about talent, it's about the trust & relationship that you have in a player to put them in that position, because once you elevate a player to that status, he is no longer on equal footing with the players and the coach no longer has the same authority with regards to him. So IMO it has to be a player that you know will NEVER breach the trust you put in him, nor that will ever be moved to another destination.

Players in the NHL right now that come to mind as having that sort of status:

ALFIE
LIDSTROM
there are a few others that are arguable...Crosby, St Louis, Staal (Eric)

June 10, 2011  02:58 PM ET
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So hire him already and let him get to work, cause god knows theres lots of work to be done in ottawa, get ready for the draft and let him prepare for the kids that will be in camp.... why do teams always wait so long to name a coach

because the coach doesn't know if wants to brave the Kanata traffic

June 10, 2011  04:28 PM ET
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when you have a guy like ALfie that means so much to the team and will most likely end up in your front office, I think its okay to include them in the decision process...but not a Heatley or Spezza. You have to earn that sort of respect from the organization, and frankly, neither of them did.It's not just about talent, it's about the trust & relationship that you have in a player to put them in that position, because once you elevate a player to that status, he is no longer on equal footing with the players and the coach no longer has the same authority with regards to him. So IMO it has to be a player that you know will NEVER breach the trust you put in him, nor that will ever be moved to another destination. Players in the NHL right now that come to mind as having that sort of status:ALFIELIDSTROMthere are a few others that are arguable...Crosby, St Louis, Staal (Eric)

I like that, and I agree.

But I wasn't just thinking of this case either.

Spezza had to be convinced to not ask for a trade just a year ago.

Not to go back to flogging Kovalchuk, but what happens if he likes Lemaire's successor as much as he did McLean?

Or if Vigneault starts Schneider and his relationship with Luongo is irreparable?

If Brad Richards signs with the Rangers to be with Torts then they want to fire Torts?

Neither can really be traded. They are on their team, Long Term. Do you ask them for what kind of coach they would produce (best) for? Do you ask for feedback, thinking its in the best interests of the team, or do you pull the trigger and hope they remain professionals, which many have not.

 
June 11, 2011  12:34 AM ET

i dont think a player should every have that kind of power... a seasoned veteran like lidstrom maybe youd ask what the room was like under the coach.... but to ask some young players because they have a big contract, a gm builds a team with a specific style in mind and will hire a coach that believes in the same style, offensive players will want an offensive minded coach and defense will want a defense first coach so why ask.... could you imagine kovalchuks review on someone like kevin constantine.... that would be priceless...lol

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