It’s been well-documeted that Ottawa turned its season around once Cory Clouston took over for Craig Hartsburg as head coach. The Senators, who host the Boston Bruins tomorrow night, have one of the league’s best records since Feb. 1 — even if it all came too late to make a legit playoff run.
But as Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun points out today, that record could be a little misleading, as the Sens have racked up an 11-3-2 record against other non-playoff teams. As Stevenson explains, Clouston might’ve earned the full-time job, but there’s no telling if he’ll get it or if current general manager Bryan Murray will still be in power when the decision is made.
MK: All Ottawa has done is hurt its trade position. Clouston has obviously done a great job of motivating this group, but it’ll take a major overhaul of personnel to turn things around — regardless of who’s coaching.
In less pressing news, Pascal Leclaire (who might be a factor in that turnaround next year) travelled to Montreal with the club for tonight’s game.