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April 15, 2014 | 11:55am ET
Changes in Ottawa are on the horizon
TheFourthPeriod.com

After a disappointing season and failing to make the post-season, the Ottawa Senators acknowledged that changes within their club are imminent.

Speaking to the media on Monday, head coach Paul MacLean expressed disappointment in his coaching performance this year.

"I worry about my future every day," MacLean said. "My job as a head coach is to find solutions and to make the team better and the solutions that we found weren't the right ones."

Despite reports suggesting his job might be in jeopardy, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed to the media on Tuesday morning that MacLean would be back behind the bench next season.

MacLean's three-year contract extension with the Sens begins on July 1.

Senators GM Bryan Murray will be focused on bolstering his roster for the 2014-15 campaign, and most of the attention will be on captain Jason Spezza and his future with the hockey club.

"Iím not naive to the talk and I've been asked the question a lot," Spezza told the Ottawa Sun. "There's a lot of reflecting to be gone on in the months leading into next season and Iím sure that will be a topic."

The 30-year-old centre has one-year left on his 7-year deal worth $49 million. He was somewhat noncommittal on whether or not he'd like to discuss an extension this summer.

"I'm not sure yet. I have a year left on my deal still there," said Spezza. "This is the day after the season. There's a lot of time to reflect. I'm sure Bryan has to reflect and I have to reflect."

Multiple teams expressed an interest in Spezza prior to last month's trade deadline and it is believed that talks will continue once the season concluded.

TFP first reported on March 3 that the Senators were having trade talks with other teams involving Spezza.


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