It may be a Monday morning in June but hockey remains a priority as draft week officially gets under way.
There are still a ton of unanswered questions when it comes to this year's draft and there seems to be little consensus surrounding the order at the top. With plenty of trades expected and so many different scenarios that could play out in the Top 10 picks, this figures to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable Entry Drafts in a long time.
With the NHL Entry Draft now just five days away, there will certainly be some busy days ahead for the Ottawa Senators and for the site. With that in mind I felt like this weekend would be a good time to take a little break and recharge the batteries.
As Twitter followers may know, I spent the last three night in Boston. It was an amazing weekend that included a couple Red Sox games and a Stanley Cup Parade.
One way or another, today is the last day of the NHL season. With Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals set to go in Vancouver tonight, the last two teams will join the other 28 in the harsh realities of a long off season. Even though the Sens weren't involved, having playoff hockey to watch helps ease the pain of the Sens season being over.
Tonight, the NHL off season starts for real.
The Ottawa Senators made it official this morning introducing Paul MacLean as the ninth head coach in the history of the franchise. MacLean was given a three year contract. There are no assistant coaches in place at this point in time but they do plan to fill the role in the near future.
Welcome to Ottawa, Paul MacLean.
(UPDATE 7:37 AM)- The Ottawa Senators will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 11:00 AM to make the hiring official.
It was a search that included more than seven interviews with a number of extremely qualified candidates. In the end the Ottawa Senators and General Manager Bryan Murray got the guy they wanted.
(UPDATE 1:01 PM)- TSN's Bob McKenzie has indicated that the Ottawa Senators are in the final stages of making Paul Maclean their next head coach. An announcement is expected at some point tomorrow.
Bryan Murray has hired a coach on my birthday (and Jason Spezza's birthday) before. It was just a few years ago, on June 13th, that Murray hired Craig Hartsburg. Seemed like a good birthday present at the time but we all know how that hire ended up.
TSN Insider Bob McKenzie is very rarely wrong, so when he speaks, people in the hockey world listen. A tweet from earlier tonight has suggested that former Wings Assistant Paul MacLean will be the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators.
No formal announcement has been made as of yet but I suspect we could hear something as early as tomorrow.
Dear Bryan Murray, I will be on the golf course all day and then out at the cottage afterwards. If you could please resist the temptation to hire a coach today it would be greatly appreciated.
Just wanted to give the readers a heads up and let you know I will not be able to update the site until later tonight or Sunday at the earliest.