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Murray replaces Paddock as Sens' coach

John Paddock

John Paddock

2/27/2008 5:55:03 PM

Having dropped six of their last eight games and 14 of their last 21, the Ottawa Senators fired head coach John Paddock with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.

Bryan Murray, who coached the Senators for two seasons before taking the general manager's job last summer, returns behind the bench for the stretch run. 

"(The change) comes certainly because of performance lately," Murray told reporters at the team's hotel in Philadelphia.  "I think the results that we'd been having or not having was an indicator that some adjustment, that some emotion had to be brought back to the team."

The team also announced that assistant coach Ron Low was relieved of his coaching duties, while assistant coach Greg Carvel, goaltending coach Eli Wilson, conditioning and player development coach Randy Lee and video coach Tim Pattyson remain on the staff. Paddock has been offered to stay with organization in a different role, and Murray said the former head coach will take a few weeks and decide.

"He took a lot of heat lately," Captain Daniel Alfredsson told reporters. "Right or wrong, he's in that position where that comes with the job. But it feels bad that we couldn't come out and get him some more wins here down the stretch."


 

"It's too bad," centre Mike Fisher told TSN after learning of the coaching change. "We respected John but we just couldn't get anything going. He had to take the fall for us not performing and I feel bad about that."

"It's always a surprise when a coach gets let go," said Jason Spezza. "We've been struggling, but as a team I don't think we thought it would come to the coach getting fired.

"It just shows the high standard we have in our dressing room, the city of Ottawa, and that our owner has. It shows how competitive a team they think we have."

Speculation over Paddock's job security heated up after the team's second straight uninspired effort - a 4-0 loss in Boston on Tuesday after a 5-0 loss at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs the night before. The Senators appeared ready for a major shakeup, and the local media in Ottawa were already calling for Paddock's job.

Even Murray was hesitant to give him a vote a confidence. "I think winning makes everything safe," he told reporters in Ottawa earlier this week.

With the Senators struggling, the surging New Jersey Devils have taken over the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Montreal Canadiens sit just one point back of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.

"We still have confidence," said Fisher. "I think knowing that Bryan has gotten us there before, maybe this is what can turn us around. But it wasn't John's fault." 

Under Paddock, the team sprinted out of the gate early this season with a 16-3 record in its first 19 games. The team then struggled in late November and early December with a seven-game losing streak, and went 20-19-6 the rest of the way.

Paddock, 53, served as Murray's assistant the previous two seasons and before that coached the Senators' American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.

He spent four of his 18 pro seasons as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, posting a 106-138-37 record. In the playoffs, the Jets suffered consecutive first-round losses in his first two years, then failed to qualify for the postseason in his last two.

Murray, 65, has coached more than 1,300 NHL games in the regular season and playoffs. He has a regular season coaching record of 100-46-18 with the Senators.

Murray began his NHL coaching career with Washington and spent eight seasons with the Capitals before going to the Detroit Red Wings as head coach and general manager.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1Derek_oAbout time, sad to see them slump this much, clea ...
2purepens87Even Murray can't save them at this point. ...
3QuadratonWho didn't see this one coming? ...
4curtisnotI like this move. I would have probably given him ...
5TheHManWe can only add so many quality players to the ros ...
6dagwouldWhat took so long? Paddock simply destroyed the ...
7chuckskiwow fired a good coach because of the players suck ...
8marcroMurray for the rest of the season, and Bob Hartley ...
9senzfan1buh-bye Paddock! ...
10Spezza_FanThis is exactly what the Sens needed. BM has secon ...
11snuffpakYESSSSSSSSSS!!! OR YESH! Finally, the man is back ...
12PharohI saw this coming all the way from vancouver. Sorr ...
13sensfan09Lets hope this works! GO SENS GO ...
14paulyoungcgaHe never should have been given the job in the fir ...
15LesPyefinchSorry but you seem to have lost the team. Lets Hop ...
16ruckwinIs this New Jersey all over again, unfortunately f ...
17thekeyholespythis was the right move !!! ...
18gosensgo20I feel really bad for this guy. He was a good man, ...
19carlos25I do feel empathy for Mr. Paddock, but can't help ...
20sensguy1About time, about a month to late though. ...
21habarmyPaddock obviously lost the room. Just start over a ...
22AppleloverBye bye old man Paddock, time to go collect your p ...
23arbo303Knee jerk reaction move in my opinion. Tough days ...
24bash90Too bad for Paddock i guess. i think it was as muc ...
25an_azn_hotmaleSorry John, but when you divide the locker room, p ...
26Shutout18WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! We won't miss you Paddock!! ...
27stefcold27FINALLY!!!! He shouldn't been hired in the first p ...
28dave_beaulieuIt had to happen. His record was never great in th ...
29melissa04This just might be the kind of shake up the team n ...
30Guyr07It's about time!... The team was no longer listen ...
31tsnmarcWas the only option left...team better shape up re ...
32rmynerIt's too bad for Paddock but it needed to be done. ...
33jstephen1Is the enough though? Obviously the players didn' ...
34jaymerPlenty of time to turn it around. ...
35sens2702THANK GOODNESS!!!!! No doubt some of the blame fal ...
36GregParI pretty well saw this coming the moment they were ...
37hockeymbSure felt good to see an old Jets coach get a shot ...
38jeremyaustinYES!!!!!! What took so long!! ...
39LuccmanGood move by the Sens ...
40shiplejSorry John but good riddance. The players tuned y ...
41JoeBallsGet rid of Emery at the same time!!! Eat his sala ...
42BobbyDigitalI love Murray but I feel bad for Paddock. With Ha ...
43Austin3:16It comes down to wins & losses & when you ...
44d_keyes86THANK GOD. Something had to give--if there hadn't ...
45adzy'bout time ...
46tommyd71Paddock looked miserable even when the Sens were w ...
47Marvin123It's about time, John Paddock isn't nearly as good ...
48TheMick7Why shoot the messenger? ...
49dr.drewMurray will help them win 4 straight but than thin ...
50TheMike4THANK GOD....its about time this came down....Padd ...
51stat4504This is SO Wrong! Paddock is not the issue. If e ...
52telecasterI'm disapointed that this happened as I beleived t ...
53bigevil518how are they ever gonna win a cup if they keep goi ...
54scottyHallelujah !!!!! He should never have been give ...
55starsforcupIts really unfair to Paddock in a way because hes ...
56Larry22this is crap, take a look at the record while emer ...
57SensRedDon't get me wrong, I love Murray, and was not too ...
58Veryhabby78Too bad, he seemed like a good coach. If I were th ...
59sens2702IT'S JUST BUSINESS. Regardless of Paddock's genuin ...
60brian2231This souldn't suprise anyone, especially Paddock. ...
61JackCrossI knew the first thing I would see on here was som ...
62some_guy433I think Ottawa will pull out of their slump, but n ...
63PuckDrunkIt never should have come to this. Paddock showed ...
64jody10About time! Feel sorry for him but that's hockey! ...
65jasonbro3As much as I love Murray as a coach he needs to ta ...
66ShawnPeeverWe all know that it's due to the players on the ic ...
67jr_gat05Brian will straighten this team out in time for th ...
68peteleafsit is a shame that the poor play from the so calle ...
69scottishleafI speak on behalf of Leafs fans everywhere in wish ...
70pkistuffI'm in the Dominican Republic with a bunch of SENS ...
71SENSMAN29Had to be done. This shouldn't surprise anyone.. ...
72ibleedhabsPaddock's been a sad-sack of a coach and too old-s ...
73BadatIf they don't shape up I'm sure Bryan Murray is ne ...
74samson1Maybe if they got rid of the cancer that is Ray Em ...
75guert67Thank you Emery! He got the ball rolling on the o ...
76geoffhI don't agree at all!!! The team is going through ...
77BeaversenOne down, one to go. Now something has to be done ...
78BruinsnellyI'm happy the Bruins were the team to take this ov ...
79Sensfan4life2class guy, I hope he stays in the organization but ...
80mack0066I'm happy with this move. The team could never see ...
81jean.bissonGreat news! Now let's hope the team has enough tim ...
82jmtheHabsfanThings aren't going well in Ottawa. After not maki ...
83sens2008Finally! We will win tomorrow and saturday. Keep y ...
84matthewboddylol yea... i guess emery isn't the problem... i ...
85SmOkInwill not make a difference. no depth, no heart. no ...
86argosrockIt won't make a bit of difference. The Sens lack ...
87robgodToo funny.......how about a first round exit from ...
88sensfan402If you want to right this ship, I'm with JoeBalls ...
89twentyfourcupsIf he wants to coach, hire Pat Burns. ...
90morthoseth28Now get rid of Emery. To much bad chemistry in th ...
91knuckles30The players will mouth the usual platitudes, but t ...
92sunshine53fantastic GO MURRAY GO ...
93dprouseEugene Melnyk didn't become as wealthy as he has b ...
94exponutGood guys always finish last. John was not a comm ...
95whatwhatuuIt's the players who play the game...but it's the ...
96cupcrazyinsocalEvery situation needs a fall guy but where is the ...
97NOCUP4UTOIt's about time. His record since their 16-3 star ...
98diehardhawkAbout time. The team needed to have the heart pad ...
99thebigEAnother year goes up in smoke for the listless Sen ...
100sensgirl68i'm certain we will see a change in the sens with ...
101Fish12Good move. I liked Paddock to begin with, but he l ...
102hky_gyScape goat. They still have goaltending problems s ...
103bredadit'a about time, he maybe a good coach but i think ...
104eavwhen will they learn, they needed a goalie yesterd ...
105stefy71I love how Sens fans mock and trash talk poor Padd ...
106stamps_rule_112What a disaster this team has turned in to. Too ba ...
107bredadoh, i forgot, send emery to the minors. no fear on ...
108koolnascarThis should have been done a month ago. Bob Hartle ...
109sens2008Our performance since mid November has definately ...
110Veryhabby78Maybe there is a hockey virus attacking only NHL t ...
111avanturisThey had no defensive system and the coach was alw ...
112saravanakumarGOOD , but sorry for John. John basically killed d ...
113gradenSomething needed to be done. Promotng an assistan ...
114skinzillaGood riddance! I hate to see a guy lose his job, b ...
115WinceIIIWell, everyone including Stevie Wonder saw one thi ...
116todstilesI like Bryan Murray but even he can't save them at ...
117RagabooI feel bad for Paddock but l think this is what ha ...
118LeafsContinuetoSuckLong time coming I never liked the choice in the f ...
119PuckDrunkPut Emery on waivers and give Gerber a chance. The ...
120Papooseco-sign Sens2702...It's still bs though. The team ...
121nevmilesNever been one to like seeing someone lose their j ...
122Bettsymurray new he was going to do this weeks ago, jsut ...
123dejavu4THANK GOODNESS! I have been saying this since J ...
124DLinkYES YES YES, Wish I could have been there to kick ...
125torontoiscanadaAwesome scapegoating! ...
126david_fosberylooks like Murray is taking a page from the book o ...
127leorodAlrighty then. Time for Murray to do his magic an ...
128TorontoAmericanWannaBseasy way out lets get rid of emery send him to the ...
129gilmourfanCan't say I'm dissapointed, hpoe they can turn thi ...
130rhillier63I would love to see Pat Quinn coach them through t ...
131habsfanlaurieThe players got exactly what they wanted here..... ...
132IrbefanI feel bad for the guy. What a great start they h ...
133LLmarjayI love how all the Toronto fans say the Sens have ...
134CANUCKLELIONMurray's the one who should have been gassed for n ...
135SensRedI love Murray as coach and GM, but he may not be a ...
136ingy56Bad move. Murray has repeatedly shown he can't win ...
137jasy_jay"TheMick7" - He isn't the messenger, he's the comm ...
138tomrodgersThis was a big mistake this man is a great coach a ...
139bauernikehockeySomething is rotten in the State of Ottawa... ...
140jmac55Too bad a good coach has to take the fall for some ...
141GoSens10Paddocks a good coach but i like murray better ...
142ihateleafsMurry's GM job is on the line.If they don't win in ...
143lesterbeeToo bad you can not FIRE the players for thier lac ...
144GoSens10Why the heck would we want Pat Quinn behind the be ...
145ibanez_joethe prima dona players stop playing and the coach ...
146c#Man, that was drastic. We'll know in several month ...
147williesauntSorry to hear this but we need something to get t ...
148LLmarjayLay off of Emery!! The Media as usual blows everyt ...
149klabouch77I think this was better than acquiring Martin Lapo ...
150tmcuzzanthis team needs goaltending and chemistry. they do ...
151RagabooI hope this gets the guys fired up. Come on man, ...
152abergs1david_fosbery... how can Montreal and Pittsburgh b ...
153XarionThe east doesn't have to watch out. All we have t ...
154GoSens10I wouldnt mind seeing Paddock as an assistand. If ...
155bchymistThat was the best move the Sens have made all year ...
15667sensPaddock wasn't the one that couldn't stop a beach ...
157GoSens10Too bad you can't fire Emery ...
158gagnemo@videotron.caVery sorry to see John take the fall when all alon ...
159scottyBuy out Emery. Whatever it takes. Go with Gerber a ...
160SensHab10Had to happen but this team needs more than that t ...
161franxBOB HARTLEY to Ottawa ??? That could be good. A gu ...
162mmete17Spezza, Heatley, Alfredsson and they cant win? WO ...
163skins00Stefy71 - That pretty convenient for you to pick o ...
164stuiewitherspoonWas Paddock in goal last 2 games? His overall life ...
165Habs=StanleyCup2008Nice! From coaching the Eastern All-star team to b ...
166jaiysonThis moments I was waiting for more than 2 weeks o ...
167Sheppy_98I guess Paddock couldn't stop the pucks or produce ...
168Silent_EclipsersCan Murray play Goal? lol ...
169ArimasenAbout time. The senators have been playing so poor ...
170bfg900Did spring come early to Ottawa this year? Sens u ...
171Atareeezya emery had nothing to do with it ...
172mr.plasteronce again a coach takes the fall for a teams lack ...
173EE-4EVER!Glass played for my Kootenay Ice, and was fantasti ...
174creekHow did Maurice last longer than Paddock. I think ...
175sportscrazyPay attension Mike Babcock You are in the same boa ...
176VancouverlovestheLeafsThey are still not going back to the finals - too ...
177pumafunIt all started with the signing of Spezza, return ...
178SensI feel bad for Paddock, people forget he was here ...
179bow_to_sensruckwin - we are going to hold you to that call - ...
180webmonkey75One player who I think this change will benefit is ...
181heatleyfanFINALY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it just wasn't working especia ...
182sjh1962 It was the right move but Fisher is right. The pl ...
183senturionGood Luck John -- too bad some of the players that ...
184incytePaddock leaves with a winning record. It wasn't al ...
185phillycursethat sound you just heard was bryan murray hitting ...
186EsksOilers#1too little too late ...
187jspieswow. hopefully murray can salvage this team. ...
188DCGEmery will smarten-up now that Murray is back. Em ...
189jethro8875There are more problems with Ottawa than just John ...
190robgodMaurice may be available in off season.....hope Le ...
191StormlockIts more than about time. If you go back to some ...
192habsgalIt's too bad and too sad that these millionaire's ...
193DJRerunthese players didnt not have the respect for paddo ...
194BuffalodaveCan't understand why the Sens did that. All teams ...
195grimsbeardstat4504, spend more time looking at the stats ... ...
196BE-LEAF-ITYes the old blame it on the coach syndrom. It's ge ...
197wadeothank the players for this one...mainly the 'tende ...
198smash9999Paddock is a good hockey man. his team quit on him ...
199kayakerNot even close to what NJ did last year.... Lamou ...
200Hawks61This Won't Fix Anything!!! It Worked for Jersey on ...
201Flyerfan-52I have to agree with argosrock. The players are un ...
202DguyToo bad but it had to happen. From the completly ...
203ValleymanRuckwin: Emery has to be number one, there is no c ...
204brownsfballI personally dont think that they will be able to ...
205phil1973Any of you folks who keep saying "look what he did ...
206carabasseOne thing that amazes me is people saying he was g ...
207tosports1It certainley doesnt sound like the players are to ...
208blackwaterxDon't forget basically these same guys tanked in t ...
209beachitduckstyleAlways hate to see a guy lose his job, but hey, yo ...
210spezza117CALL UP ELLIOT AND THE CUP WILL BE OURS he is amaz ...
211knowitall50 I am GLAD that Paddock was shown the door. But Mu ...
212ComfortablyNumbYAY!!!!!!! This may or may not do it for the Sena ...
213leafh8rI think Ottawa fans will agree...Paddock was prett ...
214bigturk1986best move of the year period. ...
215Bruinfan1962Paddock may have been the coach, but he doesn't la ...
216teentroyGood news for the Sens! All the way to the Finals ...
217xXazn_romeoXxthis sounds like the situation from last year, exc ...
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