Former Senators coach MacLean may land in Anaheim
Paul MacLean. (TONY CALDWELL/OTTAWA SUN)
The Anaheim Ducks may hire a former Senators coach to replace a former Ottawa assistant.
After sending former Senators assistant Brad Lauer packing at the end of the season, a source confirmed to the Ottawa Sun a report by TSN's Pierre Lebrun that the Ducks have received permission to speak with former Ottawa coach Paul MacLean for the vacant position.
Fired by the Senators with an 11-11-5 and replaced by Dave Cameron on Dec. 8, MacLean didn't get a sniff at any of the head coaching positions that were available. Sources say he had the opportunity to accept an interim position with the Leafs when Randy Carlyle was fired with the guarantee of an assistant's job at the end but didn't accept it.
The Senators would be happy if MacLean at least got an assistant's job with the Ducks. It's believed he's being paid more than $1 million per season not to work and has two years left on the deal he signed after he won the Jack Adams Trophy at the end of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Going to the Ducks might make sense for the 57-year-old MacLean because he's been with the organization in the past and coach Bruce Boudreau might be on shaky ground next season after the club was eliminated from the playoffs in Round 3 by the Chicago Blackhawks.