Sens hire Hartsburg
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the hiring of Craig Hartsburg as the club's head coach. Hartsburg signed a three-year agreement with the Senators.A pretty interesting choice, really.
Hartsburg, 48, recently completed his fourth consecutive season with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, posting a 44-18-6 regular-season record before falling to the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL Western Conference final.>> team release
Hartsburg's certainly been a success as a junior coach, but after two kicks as an NHL bench boss, he has a career losing record and a bit of a reputation for being unpopular with the pros.
I'm pretty surprised Ottawa didn't go with Kitchener coach Peter DeBoer, but there were apparently some issues getting a contract set out. DeBoer will be picked up somewhere else.
Hartsburg's last NHL coaching gig ended with the Ducks back in December of 2000, and the fans in Anaheim give him mixed reviews.
"He'll be out of job by Xmas," one wrote on the team's official message board.
"He's paid his dues in Juniors, he deserves another shot," said another.
Hartsburg himself is bringing in a bit of an interesting attitude. "It's a good team that needs some structure and some accountability," Hartsburg said on Thursday. "And if it gets that, then it should be a good hockey club."