Cameron says he's ready for NHL

Majors coach Dave Cameron, who also coached Canada at the World Junior Championship, says he's now...

Majors coach Dave Cameron, who also coached Canada at the World Junior Championship, says he's now ready for an NHL coaching position. (QMI Agency file)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:29 PM ET

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Until the Ottawa Senators fill their head coaching job, speculation will remain that David Cameron is in line for it.

And Cameron, whose Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors open the 2011 Memorial Cup on Friday night against the Saint John Sea Dogs, was not about to deny his aspirations.

“I think I am ready now (to coach in the NHL),” Cameron said on Thursday. “But that said, it’s tough to get to the next level. There are a lot of good coaches that aren’t there and there are a lot of excellent coaches who are there.

“You always have to fight through the recycle thing with coaches coming through. But yeah, I think I am ready.”

The name of Cameron, the head coach and general manager of the Majors, has been tied to Ottawa for months. Both teams are owned by Eugene Melnyk, and Melnyk often has praised Cameron.

But there has been debate over whether Cameron has been a true frontrunner for the Sens job, and losing twice in big games — the gold-medal final at the world junior and in Game 7 of the Ontario Hockey League final — won’t help. Another loss in the Memorial Cup could kill Cameron’s hopes. And Sens general manager Bryan Murray might go with someone who has NHL coaching experience.

Cameron, 52, was the head coach of the Binghamton Senators from 2004 to 2007.

Ottawa is one of five NHL clubs, along with the Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars, with a head coaching vacancy.

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