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The Ottawa Senators have fired their head coach Guy Boucher.
In the wake of a sixth defeat in a row, the Ottawa Senators have concluded that Guy Boucher was no longer the man of the situation and were entrusted to the acting to Marc Crawford until the end of the season.
“I want to thank Guy for his three years of service. This is a good man and he has been an excellent representative of the Senators. At this stage, however, we need a different approach and a new direction to guide our team through this rebuilding phase, said Pierre Dorion in the press release of the team. In the meantime, Marc will bring a different perspective and a rich experience as a coach. “
Dorion has also set out the criteria that will guide the search for the new coach. The team will seek a teacher who will focus on the development and progression of each player ; a person who listens to and encourages feedback between the players and the staff instructors ; a communicator who informs each member of the team of his expectations and a tactician that brings a structure and a planning game that will improve the process of rebuilding the team.
Crawford, 58 years old, who has won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1995-1996, is currently in its third season as a member of the staff of instructors of the Senators. He has an experience of 1151 matches as head coach in the NHL.
In addition to the Avalanche and Quebec Nordiques, he was also the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars. Crawford will be behind the bench in his new role on Saturday for the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It is the latest twist in the course of a busy week for the Senators.
The team has traded its top three markers in return of young players and choice in the draft before the deadline of transfers, Monday, when she could not get along with any players self-Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel.
On Wednesday, the draft of the new amphitheatre of the Senators in the city centre has experienced a new setback when the national capital Commission announced the failure of mediation to resolve a dispute between the team owner, Eugene Melnyk, and the partners of the project.
Boucher, 47 years of age and a native of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, led the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010 to 2013. He then accepted a job in Switzerland before joining the Senators.
After the time limit for transfers, Monday, Pierre Dorion was recognized as Butcher had the difficult task of guiding the team for weeks in the middle of the speculation. But it was not enough to convince the Senators to allow Boucher to end the season, the final year of his contract.
Boucher led the Senators in the seventh game of the final of the Association Is in his first season with the team in 2016-2017, but has not managed to repeat this success.
The Senators missed the playoffs last season after making a trade to get Duchene in the aim of improving their chances in order of the series. They have surrendered a first-round to the Colorado Avalanche, and this selection could now be the first in the general ranking this year.