Dec 08

Paul MacLean fired by Ottawa Senators for things that aren’t his fault

Paul MacLean has been fired by the Ottawa Senators after four seasons, two of which were playoff years and two of which were frustrating messes thanks to jettisoned talent, average goaltending and penny pinching ownership.*

So if it sounds like we’re saying “don’t blame Paul MacLean for the Ottawa Senators’ problems,” that’s because that’s what we’re saying.

It was inevitable that MacLean would pay for the Sens’ diminishing returns with his job, so the firing doesn’t come as a shock outside of the timing, with the Senators coming off an overtime win on Sunday. He had a record of 114-90-35 and a 8-9 record in the postseason, having won a round in 2013 and then winning the Jack Adams that June.