Just a few weeks ago, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk promised that nobody in the organization would be safe as he evaluated the Senators team, coaching staff and management after a disappointing season.
He has kept his promise.
As of Monday morning, long-time general manager Bryan Murray has been replaced by former assistant general manager Pierre Dorion.
Dorion did not waste any time making major changes, firing head coach Dave Cameron Tuesday morning.
Cameron served behind the bench for only parts of two seasons and oversaw a disappointing 2015-16 campaign that ended with a 38-35-9 record. Assistant coaches Andre Tourigny and Rick Wamsley have also been let go; Ottawa intends to re-assign assistant coach Jason Smith to another role within the organization.
Cameron, 57, was promoted to head coach on Dec. 8, 2014 after three years as an assistant coach. He went 70-50-17 in 137 games with the Senators, including a surprising late-season run to the playoffs last year. Ottawa finished 23-4-4 over its final 31 games, making up a 14 point deficit and qualifying for the playoffs on the last day of the regular season a year ago.
This type of miracle run can rarely be repeated. The lack of consistency is what ultimately cost Cameron the job.
As for the rest of the organization, considering how quickly these moves took place, it certainly suggests we can expect an interesting and eventful offseason in Ottawa.
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