Coaching Situation Gets Interesting
The mustache is gone.
Via Twitter today, Bob MacKenzie reported that Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean is the last details of signing a deal that will see him become the Ottawa Senators head coach.
The are expected to formally announce MacLean as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday.
MacLean has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach to Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings. MacLean's playing career spanned 11 years with stops in Detroit, Winnipeg, and St. Louis.
He will become the Senators' ninth head coach since the team re-joined the NHL in 1993.
MacLean is filling the void left by former Senators head coach Cory Clouston. He was relieved of his duties on April 9 by Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray.
This move makes Detroit's coaching situation even more interesting. Brad McCrimmon left after the playoffs ended and took a head coaching job in Russia's KHL. With McCrimmon and MacLean both out of the loop, Detroit will be looking for two new assistants.
Some names that have been floating out there have been Bob Boughner and Pete DeBoer. Babcock wants "new ideas" and these guys certainly would. They are both very young and are from Windsor, right across the river from Detroit.
In Boughner's situation, he left the Columbus Blue Jackets because of family reasons. Detroit is 15 minutes away from where he lives, so he would be home more often. It just makes sense. And seeing that he wants to be an NHL head coach, he should probably look at what has happened to recent Wings assistants; Todd McLellan is coaching San Jose, MacLean is going to Ottawa, Dave Lewis even ended up a coach with Detroit and Boston, and McCrimmon is making the big bucks in Russia (even though he was in some head coaching talk as well).
DeBoer had a rough go in Florida as the Panthers' head coach, but let's face it; he was coaching Florida. He was very productive with the Plymouth Whalers, Kitchener Rangers and Oshawa Generals (whom he owns). I think he will be able to coach the forwards of the Wings, especially with more young talent coming in. Having Boughner as a defensive coach will be huge for him; he can pick Nick Lidstrom's brain (pending Lidstrom returns).
The rumours about Boughner and DeBoer feels right to me. They would be a perfect fit for Detroit and it would be the fastest way back to an NHL head coaching job.