April 6, 2019 | 6:58pm ET
SENS WON’T WAIT TO HIRE NEW COACH
Pierre Dorion, GM
The Ottawa Senators are in the market for both a new head coach and a President of Hockey Operations, and it’s possible the team brings in a new bench boss before hiring a top management figure.
According to multiple sources, Senators GM Pierre Dorion is not being restricted from hiring a head coach prior to the team finding a President of Hockey Operations – if he finds a candidate he likes, he’s free to hire him.
It’s still believed to be early in the process, as the Senators have been waiting until the end of the regular-season to seek permission to chat with members of other teams about their coaching vacancy.
Various reports have linked the likes of former NHL head coaches Jacques Martin, Michel Therrien, John Stevens and Alain Vigneault to the opening.
The Senators could look for permission to speak those currently behind an NHL bench as an assistant coach, such as Lindy Ruff (NY Rangers), D.J. Smith (Toronto Maple Leafs), Kirk Muller (Montreal Canadiens), and Jack Capuano (Florida Panthers), to name a few.