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Sens extend MacLean

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension. The 2013 Jack Adams winner signed a three-year deal when he was hired as head coach of the Sens on June 14, 2011. The new deal will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.

In his two season with the Senators, MacLean has coached the team to a 66-48-16 record (a .592 win percentage) and has been a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL Coach of the Year twice, winning his first this past June. The Sens have made the playoffs both seasons, winning their 2013 first round matchup as a seven seed over the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in five games.

From the official release...

“In two years, Paul has made a significant impact on the entire franchise, both on and off the ice,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “We feel that under Paul’s direction we have been able to develop into a team that is competitive each and every night and we are confident that he is the person we want behind the bench to lead us to our goal of being a championship level team.”

In his first season with the club, MacLean led the Senators to a 41-31-10 record and a return to post-season play, where the team was defeated in seven games by the No. 1 seed New York Rangers in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series. MacLean made his NHL head coaching debut on Oct. 7, 2011, in Detroit and won his first game as a head coach in the Senators’ home opening-victory against Minnesota on Oct. 11.

In two years with the Senators, MacLean has compiled a record of 66-48-16 (.592 winning percentage) in 130 regular-season games.

"Paul represents what we want to become as both a hockey club and as a franchise," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "He is a hard-working coach and an outstanding teacher and mentor of the game. Paul’s ability to communicate openly and honestly with our players and prospects has been key to our on-ice success. He came to us with a history of winning and has instilled that same winning mindset with our players and our coaching staff. I am very pleased and proud to extend Paul’s contract and look forward to his many future contributions to our team and to our city.”

Another step in the right direction for the Sens as they look to take the next step towards being a Stanley Cup contender. Having the reigning best coach in hockey is never a bad thing.

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