Sunday Hits: Jr. Sens and no Boudreau

Q-Roundup

We are now two games into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League finals, with a couple of Senator prospects battling for the President’s Cup.

Game 1

2014 seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up an assist as his Rouyn – Noranda Huskies doubled up Shawinigan Cataractes. 2015 second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to give the Cataractes the lead in the third period but the Huskies scored three unanswered goals to win the game 4 – 2.

Game 2

Francis Perron picked up the only assist on the first goal of the night and scored the last goal as the Huskies downed the Cataractes 4 – 1 in game #2. Gabriel Gagne was held pointless snapping his 4 game point streak.

Perron is currently tied for the most points in the QMJHL playoffs with 27  points (11-16) in 15 games played. Gagne is tied for 7th with 20 points (10-10) in 18 games played.

Bruce Boudreau off the list

Cross a name off the list for possible Ottawa Senator coaching candidates, because former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has come to terms with the Minnesota Wild.

For a brief period it seemed like Boudreau and the Senators were a perfect fit as he had the experience the team was looking for and they were close to home for him. But as these things go, the Wild made Boudreau an offer that he couldn’t refuse, plus they’re built to win (and go deep) now while the Senators could be a playoff team nobody expects them to be more then a first round team they are still a bit away from being a contender.

In my opinion the door is now wide open for Bob Hartley, who I believe is the best choice, should GM Pierre Doirion offer the job to him.

2016 IIHF World Championship

  • Defenseman Chris Wideman picked up a power play goal as Team USA beat Team Belarus 6 – 3
  • Defenseman Codi Ceci picked up an assist and Forward Mark Stone had a goal and assist as Team Canada beat Team Hungary 7 – 1

 

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“Hart” in Canada’s Capital

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Time may is running out for Senators GM Pierre Dorion to produce his list of two to three suitable Head Coaching candidates, as team Owner Eugene Melnyk told Prime Time Sports that he expects his team to have a short list by Friday.

As the playoffs roll along we’ve seen more teams letting go their coach, most recently Bruce Boudrea due to an early elimination, and yesterday the Calgary Flames announced that they had let go of their coach Bob Hartley.

Hartley was the toast of the league last season taking a weak rebuilding Calgary Flames team to the second round of the NHL Playoffs. He coached his team to a 48 – 28 – 6 record last year, winning the Jack Adams Award (as the leagues best coach.)

Perhaps to be expected, the Flames came back down to earth a bit this season going 35 – 40 – 7  I believe you could pin point it to poor goaltending.

We know that Mike Yeo, Guy Boucher, Randy Carlyle, Kevin Dineen, Marc Crawford, and Bruce Boudreau were all considered, but I think Hartley should be strongly considered and if he’s interested in the Senators he’d certainly be one of my top two choices.

 

Sunday Hits: Weekend roundup

Tourigny back behind the bench.

Former Assistant Coach of the Ottawa Senators, Andre Tourigny, has agreed to jump back behind the bench, this time as a Head Coach.

Tourigny, hired by the Senators on July 3rd 2015 and fired May 2nd 2016, has returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to coach the Halifax Mooseheads.

Prior to his NHL stint, Tourigny spent 2002 to 2013 with the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies, winning the Ron Lapointe Trophy (coach of the year) during the 2005 – 2006 season.

Boudreau interested in the Sens?

The Senators could probably have another name now on their list, Bruce Boudreau.

Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson recently wrote that the Ottawa Senators are believed to be interested in acquiring the services of recently fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

With 8 division titles, and over 680 NHL games coached, Boudreau is certainly one of the more experienced coaches that have been linked to the Senators.

Chances are that Sen’s stand pat at the draft

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently wrote a column about the 2016 NHL Entry draft and how newly hired Senators GM Pierre Dorion plans to approach the draft.

While Dorion didn’t dismiss the possibility of trading the Senators 1st round draft pick (12th overall), he had this to say:

At the end of the day, if I had to predict where we’re going to pick in Buffalo, I’d probably have to say we’re going to pick 12th.

Q – Round up : Gagne vs. Perron

2015 Second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne  picked up an assist (9 goals, 10 assists in the playoffs thus far) in a 6 – 3 win over 2015 first round draft pick Thomas Chabot (3 goals, 18 assists) and the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Gagne and the Shawinigan Cataractes won the series 4 – 1 and moved on to play for the President Cup.

2014 Seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up 2 goals and had an assist (10 goals, 14 assists in 13 GP) in a 5 – 4 come from behind win over Senator prospect Cody Donaghey and the Moncton Wildcats.

Donaghey had 2 assists in the loss and finished his playoff season with 1 goal and 7 assists in 17 gp.

Perron and the Rouyn – Noranda Huskies took the series 4 – 2 and moved on to play for the President Cup.