For the second straight February in a row, the Ottawa Senators have made a coaching change. Last year, John Paddock lost his job on Feb. 27 because he couldn’t get the team back on track after a hot start. Sunday night, Craig Hartsburg lost his job because 48 games into his three-year contract Ottawa had accumulated only 41 points, third worst in the NHL.
Cory Clouston, 39, got the call-up from the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League to take over for Hartsburg for the rest of the season. He ran his first practice after being introduced at a press conference Monday morning and will coach his first NHL game Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place against Los Angeles. The B-Sens were 25-16-6 under Clouston this season after going 34-32-14 and missing the Calder Cup Playoffs last season. Ottawa is on the verge of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. The Senators are 14 points out in 13th place in the Eastern Conference.