OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators
general manager Bryan Murray announced the club has relieved goaltending coach Eli Wilson of his duties.
"Performance of the goaltenders in the organization had everything to do with it," said Murray, reached at the team's scouting meetings in Florida. "I think Eli was a hard worker and paid a lot attention to it, but for some reason, both at the NHL level and American league level, we felt that the goaltenders weren't where we thought they were going to be and where they have shown they can be."
Regarding a replacement for the balance of the season, Murray noted: "Hopefully, in the next week we'll have someone at least in a consulting capacity. Somebody that can have insight and give direction to our goaltenders and get them back on track to where we think they're capable of being."
Wilson, 32, joined the Senators in August 2007. The native of Maple Ridge, B.C., previously worked with the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers, where he spent four seasons.