Following up two very good seasons in Ottawa and a Jack Adams Award win in 2013, Paul MacLean has been rewarded by the Senators. The club announced on Thursday that MacLean has been signed to a three-year extension, which will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season. Next season will be MacLean's third with Ottawa, after being hired on June 14, 2011.
MacLean has a 66-48-16 record with the Senators, and has been a Jack Adams Award nominee twice, winning this season. That first year, MacLean took a team that many felt was headed for the draft lottery to a seven-game series with the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers. They lost in that seventh game, but MacLean had made it known that Ottawa was for real.
In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, expectations were higher, but the Senators were almost immediately struck with an injury bug that bordered on the absurd. Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Jared Cowan, and Craig Anderson -- all huge components to the club -- missed significant time during 2012-13. Despite all that, MacLean did little more than lead them to the post-season yet again. This time, they beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, before falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two.