Ex-coach getting attention

Paul Maurice’s name already is coming up in connection with the Ottawa Senators’ coaching vacancy.

While, on the outside, that would appear to be a good thing for Maurice, on the side it is making the former Carolina Hurricanes coach a little uncomfortable, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.It’s not that he doesn’t want to coach again — he does — but because he feels for Jacques Martin.

Martin took time to help Maurice when he was starting out as an NHL coach, something Maurice hasn’t forgotten.

“He’s a great coach,” Maurice told the paper. “But as we’ve seen, 8 1/2 years in one spot is tough.”

According to the News & Observer, Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said at least two teams had called him to ask about Maurice.

Former St. Louis Blues coach Joel Quenneville is the first name linked with coaching vacancies, as have Maurice and former New Jersey Devils coach Larry Robinson, along with Martin.

In addition to the Senators, the News & Observer suggests jobs could open up in Boston and New Jersey. The Devils may have to replace cancer-stricken coach Pat Burns. The New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes all finished the season with interim coaches, and Brian Sutter may be on the way out in Chicago.

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