The Ottawa Senators fired head coach Guy Boucher. Marc Crawford has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Boucher, 47, coached the Senators for three seasons. In his first year with the Senators, he lead them to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing 4-3 in the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This season the Senators are 22-37-5, which is the worst record in the NHL. Boucher contract would’ve expired at the end of the season.
Crawford, 58, won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1995-1996 season. The new coach has 18 seasons of coaching experience with a total of 1,151 games. He is in his third season as a member of the Senators coaching staff. His contract is also set to expire at the end of the season.
“I want to thank Guy for his three years of service. He is a good person and has been an excellent representative of the Senators. At this point, however, we need a different set of coaching and leadership skills to guide our team through this rebuild,” said GM Pierre Dorion in a statement.
According to Ottawa Senators Press Release, they are looking for certain characteristics in a coach. They are looking for:
- A teacher who will focus on the development and growth of each player on the team;
- A listener who encourages feedback from players and the coaching staff;
- A communicator who lets every team member know where they stand and what is expected;
- A tactician who brings structure and game planning that will enhance a rebuild.
The Senators will play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, 7 p.m. ET.
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