Sens’ coaching hunt just getting started

It’s been six weeks since Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray fired Cory Clouston as the team’s coach, but Murray is only getting serious in the search for a replacement. “We’ve really just started,” Murray said Wednesday from Toronto, where he was watching the Memorial Cup tournament. “We just wanted to see who was available, and I think it’s pretty safe that none of the coaches on the final four teams (Vancouver, San Jose, Boston, Tampa Bay) will be available. We will get to it in the next week or so.” Murray’s search will be complicated by the fact the Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils also have coaching vacancies. It’s believed Ken Hitch***** has the inside track on the Devils’ job. While the Senators preferably want someone with experience as an NHL head coach, Murray said he will talk with Binghamton Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst, who has led the Senators’ top farm team to an unlikely berth in the American Hockey League final against Houston, beginning Friday.

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