"I think he's got the whole background. I think we wanted a guy that can teach. These kids are all prospects, but they have a lot to learn. We needed more of a teacher and a communicator. He's a student of the game."
-- Ottawa Senators assistant GM Tim Murray on Kurt Kleinendorst
He figures that's when Binghamton Senators coach Don Nachbaur must have resigned. He came to that deduction because when Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Tim Murray called him to discuss whether he'd be interested in coaching Binghamton, Kleinendorst had no idea what he was talking about.
"I'm not going to lie to you. I didn't know they had an opening," Kleinendorst said. "I didn't know that Don had left."
The Senators were keeping a lot closer tabs on Kleinendorst than he was on their organizational chart. Ottawa's cold-call to him indicated it was well along the way to considering him a strong candidate for the Binghamton job. After Kleinendorst absorbed the notion that there was a "Help Wanted" sign hanging in the window and said he'd love to get a crack at the position, the Senators brought him in as their AHL coach last week.