Ottawa Senators Fire Entire Coaching Staff

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Newly promoted Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion announced this morning the dismissal of head coach Dave Cameron and assistants Andre Tourigny and Rick Wamsley.

Assistant coach Jason Smith was also relieved of his coaching duties and has been offered another position within the organization.

Cameron became the 11th head coach in franchise history when he was promoted to the position in 2014. Before the promotion, he spent the previous 3+ seasons as an assistant coach with the Senators, after initially being hired by the club in 2011. Cameron has a career NHL head coaching record of 70-50-17.

Tourigny joined the Senators coaching staff in 2015. He previously served as the head coach and general manager of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and coached for two years as an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche.

Wamsley was hired by the Senators in 2010. He played with four teams as a former NHL goaltender before working with the Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.

I think this was inevitable, although I only expected Cameron to be the one who’d be out in Ottawa. However, this is part of the necessary change that needed to happen with the Senators who expect to be back in the postseason next year. What they do at the NHL Draft will be something to watch for.

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