There is no doubt that Bryan Murray and Corey Clouston will not have their current jobs right now. The Senators’ owner has all-but confirmed that.
MacGregor speculates that Canadiens assistant Kirk Muller might be considered for the head coaching job. Muller’s coaching contribution to the Canadiens has been underrated. Anyone paying attention during that final minute timeout in the Anaheim game Saturday, saw Muller drawing out six-on-four tactics with Jacques Martin looking over his shoulder. They led to the game-tieing goal by Max Pacioretty with thirteen seconds remaining.
So, assuming that Muller, with his experience working under Guy Carbonneau Bob Gainey and Martin, is now ready to assume an NHL head coaching job, the next question has to be, “Why would anyone in his right mind want to take over a team that is about to enter into a five year rebuilding plan.”
Timing is everything. Between now and 2016 when, presumably, the rebuilding process would be complete, the Senators are going to burn up two and possibly three head coaches, the price all of them would inevitably pay for being presented with lousy lousy or inexperienced players.
If Kirk Muller wants a head coaching job, and there’s little doubt he does, he would be advised to wait for an opening on a team that has a possiblity of winning in the short to medium term.
Last May, Muller’s name was prominently mentioned as a replacement for Jacques Lemaire in New Jersey. Right now, he’s probably thankful that John MacLean was promoted from the Devils Lowell farm team. MacLean lasted half a season.
MacGregor also mentions in today’s Globe and Mail column that TSN’s Pierre McGuire has already interviewed for the Senator’s general manager’s position. That story you can take to the bank.