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Senators sign coach Cory Clouston to two-year deal, removing interim tag @NHLdotcom

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators are keeping Cory Clouston as their head coach.

The team announced today that they have signed him to a two-year deal, removing the interim tag from his title. Clouston took over Feb. 2 when Craig Hartsburg was fired but was only given the keys to the Sens until the end of the season.

Clouston had been in charge of the American Hockey League affiliate Binghamton Senators.

He became the fourth different coach to go behind the Senators bench since the team reached the Stanley Cup final in 2007.

Last year, the team dumped John Paddock on Feb. 27 and general manager Bryan Murray took over to finish the season.

Hartsburg, 49, was hired last June and given a three-year contract. He left with the Senators in 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 17-24-7 record, 14 points out of a playoff spot.

Ottawa is currently 11th in the East, nine points out of the playoffs with a 36-34-10 record.

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