Paul MacLean has been in the NHL for a very long time. He did so as a player between the 1981-82 and 1990-91 seasons – mostly with the Winnipeg Jets – and now he has been a coach since the 2002-03 season.Prior to becoming a 2011 Senators coach, MacLean learned the many facets of coaching Mike Babcock by being his assistant in Anaheim and the good school in Detroit. They worked together for eight years before taking different directions.On the very day of his hiring, the amateurs did not know what to expect from the man with big mustache. Having never led an NHL team, they sold their skin dearly, without even knowing it or having seen it at the head of a professional training. But today, her work ethic is widely recognized and everyone appreciates her enormously.
The first games of MacLean were not very conclusive. With only one victory in his first six games, the main interested has decided to take matters seriously. Following a humiliating 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 18, 2011, he invited his players to take part in a team rally, which completely changed the wind from the side. A series of six victories that followed this laborious start to the 2011-12 season was the beginning of a great story in Ottawa.
After leading the Senators to a Stanley Cup playoff and eighth, MacLean was in contention for Jack Adam (handed out annually to the coach by excellence of the league), won by Ken Hitchcock of St. Louis Blues. Even though he did not get his hands on the trophy, MacLean had already taken a first step in his young career as head coach.
This year, his talents as a coach have again been put to the test. With six less regular players, the Sens had no choice but to recall several players from their subsidiary in the AHL, the Binghamton Senators, to compensate for multiple injuries. For the time being, he has mastered the situation perfectly. The Senators have won their last five games and moved closer to a meager point of the Montreal Canadiens and the first place in the East. MacLean still managed to bring something extremely positive without his big canons such as Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Erik Karlsson