The Team 1200 Radio is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have fired head coach John Paddock, and assistant coach Ron Low.

GM Bryan Murray, who took the Sens to the cup final last year, will be resuming his duties as head coach. No word yet on who will be his assistant.

Has another coach ever been fired in the same season he was nominated to the All-Star team?

Anyway, it’s about time this happened.

33 Responses to PADDOCK FIRED

  1. Radio says:

    Thanks for the quick posting, mikster. ^^

    I just wanted to add a text link for proof.

  2. UsedandAbused says:

    Why not just wait to the end of the year to fire him? It isn't like they are making the playoffs anyways.

  3. UsedandAbused says:

    Nevermind! I am an idiot. I was thinking it was Toronto.

  4. leafy says:

    This is the right decision.  Undoubtedly some Ottawa fans will declare, "It's not the coach's fault".  But, you know what, Murray had to do something to shake things up.  You can't just allow a season to be pissed away waiting for the team to buy into the coach's system.  Clearly Paddock's coaching wasn't working and the the playoffs are only a few weeks away.  Murray had to do something. A wise move.

  5. Rysto says:

    I think that you'll find that most Sens fans are saying that it is the coach's fault.  The team is virtually the same as the one that went to the finals last season, but they'll playing terribly.  On offence their best players are trying to do it all on their own.  They're not playing defence.  Their PK is awful.  Worst of all, the effort just isn't there.

    These are all coaching issues.  Murray had to deal with this.

  6. Radio says:

    Exhibit 5640 that HTR readers are conditioned to think all articles are about the Leafs.


  7. UsedandAbused says:

    lol.. I was and I didn't even know it!

  8. AntropovGoodIToldUSo says:

    Ottawa got rid of the disease.

  9. A-Train24 says:

    It was bound to happen, let's hope it works

  10. senators101 says:

    I feel bad for the guy.  He was a solid coach – proof – our record to start the season.  I think things just got too easy for our sens and they started playing without heart.  They just stopped playing for him.

    A smart move by Murray though.  There isn't much time left before the playoffs and this team has to turn around now.  Hopefully they'll listen to him now.

  11. CofRED says:

    Where is Kramer for this one??

    "It's a conspiracy!!  Bryan Murray is just Lou Lamoriello wearing a white wig!!"

    Seriously though, he had to do something.  The team has been playing like they simply don't care anymore, and they have way too much talent to be getting kicked like they have been.  Good move.

  12. cartino says:

    At the end of the day Paddock had to go and Murray had to step down and finish the season behind the bench as coach, as they did have alot of success under him and it won't take too long to get the players playing his system.

    Hopefully Paddock can fix all these issues that arised under Paddock:
    -He helped contribute to the goaltending situation
    -He juggled lines so much nobody plays with any chemistry
    -He overplayed the top line so much they're burnt out and the rest of the team has been unable to step up.
    -Their was no responsible defensive system played by the Sens
    -Their transition game was horrible and nobody was ever accountable
    -He lost the locker room
    -The team's play typically was a mirror image of their coach. which is uninspired/unemotional play

    Add that Murray is also a more experienced and successful hockey man, the players respect him, the players play for him, and he knows what buttons to push to get the most out of everyone and get them to buy into his system!!

    I just hope they can turn it around with 18 games left in the regular season!!!

  13. cartino says:

    *Meant to say Murray fix these issues that arised under Paddock

  14. Kramer says:

    This move has conspiracy written all over it.  Why did Murray hire Paddock only to fire him months later?  The mafia told Murray he'd better do it quick, otherwise they were going to "fire" Murray, if you get my drift.

  15. Rico420 says:

    Another part to the conspiracy –

    The Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers are the only two teams in the NHL right now where the GM and Coach are the same person..

    Martin started out in Ottawa

    Murray was formerly a Cat..

    Conspiracy? You bet.

  16. CofRED says:

    I'm telling you, Murray and Lamoriello are one in the same…

  17. toupie says:

    Welcome home Bob Hartley

  18. BruMagnus says:

    hahahahaha. good one Radio!

  19. BruMagnus says:

    look further down

  20. BruMagnus says:

    Good move by the Sens.

    I hope it doesn't help the Sens though. Pens for 1st place!

  21. Radio says:

    Gonna end the season as we began it.

    The winning streak begins tonight!

  22. wayne2 says:

    I know this not the subject but  it appears the sens are going to let go of Redden as UFA and i thinik they should consider trading Alfredson next year,he would bring lots in return and a part from last years stanley cup
    run he has never been that great of a leader IMO.Lots of teams would be
    interested and his value is high.To me there's only four sens that i consider untouchables:Mike Fisher(leadership),Dany Heatley(power forward with huge upsides),Chris Phillips(reliability,leadership,physical presence) and Anton Volchenkov(Reliability,blocked shot specialist,hard nosed physical defensemen).

  23. Rico420 says:

    If Sundin didn't waive his NTC I'm sure Alfie will do the same.

  24. nhlmaster says:

    doesnt matter the coach.. ottawa is a big choker!!!   they got lucky last year..

  25. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    great move by the sens.

    call me stupid, but I think you'll notice a big difference right away

  26. Radio says:

    lol, Emery makes game breaking save, and Redden crashes into him to score into his own net.


  27. leafy says:

    Another loss tonight, this time to Philly.

    Only 1 goal in the last 3 games….15 losses in the past 22 games….something's definitely wrong with this team.

    The Sens are very fortunate they won all those games in October/November, otherwise they'd be in serious danger of missing the playoffs.  I'm not saying that to rub it in…..I'm dead serious. 

  28. Radio says:

    Bah, they played better than they have in a month tonight. Ray Emery also played his best game of the season, keeping them in the game till Redden scored on him. 

    There were some large and in charge checks on both sides tonight, and it was fun to watch. (As if I would order a PPV, Proxy + Yahoo ftw) Alfie and Heater were not going on all cylinders, but everyone else played with fire.

    I never actually saw the alleged butt-end by Spezza. He should have just skated away as soon as soon as he was pushed, instead of buy-in to the Flyers brand of bully hockey.

    Finally, props to Mike Fisher for laying a beatdown on Steve Downie while Dean McAmmond watched. Tho, I would have been more impressed if he actually took his helmet off…>_>

  29. leafy says:

    It's a good bet Murray will get them going.  The man knows what he's doing.

  30. leafy says:

    See?  It's not just McCabe who scores in his own net.  Haha!

  31. muckies says:

    nobody is afaraid to play this team right now,  and everybody is dumping on this team – and you are right, they may not make the playoffs.But this team is going to find its game, players like Heatley and Alfie are going to start playing like All Stars again,  we are going to punish teams with our size, the PP will start clicking.One thing that always gets this team going is its PK, and it has been its bread and butter for over 10 years.  The PK was excellent aginst the Flyers, and it will help us find our idenity and keep us in a game we will win. We will play a game we maybe could of lost and should not have one, the PK will win it for us,  and it will turn this team around.We have a ton of heart, and no team plays better when it respects its opponents. The Sens got that respect with their brutal start last year and lost it last year when they had 9 days off and everybody was prediciting them to win the CUP, they got big heads and where demolished by a team. This won't happen this year.Watch out for this team, we will find our game and make the Cup finals again. 

  32. adarsot says:

    all emerys fault

  33. Radio says:

    It's not like he couldn't have saved his own job. Ray Emery certainly has some responsibility, but it's Paddock's responsibility to appropriately disicpline his players when they act up, which he did not do. That ultimately cost him his job, more than any one player.

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