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Senators lock up coach Paul MacLean with three-year contract extension

Thursday, 07.04.2013 / 12:25 PM The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators are locking up the NHL's coach of the year.

The team says it has signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension.

MacLean won the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach after leading the injury-riddled Senators to a 25-17-6 record.

The team missed star forward Jason Spezza and Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Erik Karlsson for most of the season.

The Senators eliminated the favoured Montreal Canadiens in five games in the first round of the post-season before losing to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

In two years with the Senators, MacLean has compiled a 66-48-16 record in 130 regular-season games.

Prior to joining Ottawa, MacLean spent six seasons as an assistant coach to Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings.

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