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Here's our list of the Top 10 candidates to coach the Senators next season:

PAT BURNS

- THE GOOD: Has spent 14 seasons behind NHL benches with Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey. Led the Devils to a Stanley Cup in 2003. Is considered a strong communicator who will hold players accountable.

- THE BAD: Is considered a short-term solution. Doesn't stay long in one place. If it doesn't work for Burns in the first two years, then it's likely not going to happen for him and it will be time to move on.

- THE INTANGIBLES: From the Ottawa area. Has been out of coaching since July, 2005 after winning a battle with cancer. Burns would be an inspiration for the players about what it takes to fight back.

- SUN RATING: 10

BOB HARTLEY

- THE GOOD: Hawkesbury native has had success at every level he has coached, including the CJHL, AHL and NHL. Led the Hershey Bears to a Calder Cup in 1997 and was behind the Colorado bench for a Stanley Cup win in 2001.

- THE BAD: Didn't end well for him with the Thrashersa year ago. Club was swept in the first round of the playoffs and he was fired when Atlanta started out this season 0-6. The players tuned him out.

- THE INTANGIBLES: He would push the players hard, but knows where his bread is buttered and usually has a good relationship with top players.

- SUN RATING: 9

JOHN TORTORELLA

- THE GOOD: Led the Tampa Bay Lightning win a Stanley Cup win in 2004. Is considered a strong, emotional communicator and is the kind of coach who is able to push the right buttons. He demands respect.

- THE BAD: The players can tire of him and his constant piling-on. He's an in-your- face type who doesn't put up with any interference. Runs the show his way and players are out the door if they don't like it.

- THE INTANGIBLES: Is under contract to the Bolts. Hasn't been fired, but could be out the door with GM Jay Feaster when the new ownership group takes over. Many will be surprised if he's not cut loose.

- SUN RATING: 8

PAT QUINN

- THE GOOD: The last time the Maple Leafs made the playoffs in 2005, he was behind the bench. Comes with a strong resume, a lot of experience and is demanding of the players, which the Senators need.

- THE BAD: His work with young players has been criticized, but he led the Team Canada under-18 team to a championship in Russia earlier this month. There are concerns about his communication skills with the players.

- THE INTANGIBLES: There is something intriguing about putting the former Toronto coach behind the bench. As an NHL executive told Sun Media last month: "It would allow Ottawa to steal something from Toronto."

- SUN RATING: 7

CRAIG HARTSBURG

- THE GOOD: Helped lead the world junior squad to back-to-back championships in 2007-08. Was an assistant to Brent Sutter in 2007 and led the program in 2008. Knows what it takes to win.

- THE BAD: Had a tough time in his first two stints as a coach with Chicago and Anaheim. Decided to step back to junior and has had success with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

- THE INTANGIBLES: Working with Sutter helped mature Hartsburg as a coach. Many say he wouldn't be afraid to hold the likes of Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley accountable.

- SUN RATING: 6

Senators GM Bryan Murray (left) might look at Joel Quenneville (below, left) as a candidate, but it's highly unlikely that Ron Wilson (below, inset) and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice (below, right) will get much consideration to be the new Ottawa coach.

JOEL QUENNEVILLE

- THE GOOD: Recently fired by the Avalanche, Quenneville was a finalist for the Ottawa job when Murray was hired as coach by former GM John Muckler in 2004. Quenneville gets his message through to the players.

- THE BAD: Has only been to the third round once in 11 seasons behind an NHL bench. Isn't considered the kind of coach who is going to get in a player's face.

- THE INTANGIBLES: Is going to have a lot of offers. If the Senators do call -- and they are expected to interview him -- they won't be alone. The Sharks, Panthers and Leafs may make a push for Quenneville.

- SUN RATING: 5

KEVIN DINEEN

- THE GOOD: After being behind the bench with the AHL's Portland Pirates, he is a hot commodity in coaching circles. Was "in your face" as a player and has brought those attributes to the bench.

- THE BAD: Has no NHL coaching experience. It might work in his favour if he became an NHL assistant, groomed for a job as the bench boss.

- THE INTANGIBLES: Is a former captain, a strong character and a good leader. Not afraid to say what he thinks. The Anaheim Ducks have been hesitant to let other teams speak with him.

- SUN RATING: 3

RANDY CUNNEYWORTH

- THE GOOD: A former Senators captain, he's been on the radar screen of teams for the last couple of seasons. Has done a good job of working with young players and is going to be an NHL coach someday.

- THE BAD: Missed the playoffs with Rochester of the AHL this year when he didn't have a good crop of players and that didn't go unnoticed. Might need to get in some time as an assistant before taking over his own program.

- THE INTANGIBLES: He knows the Ottawa organization and he has worked with some of the players before. He was a heart-and-soul player who won't demand anything less than he gave on a nightly basis.

- SUN RATING: 2

PAUL MAURICE

- THE GOOD: His youth has taken him a long way. A tremendous communicator, he gets along with the players. He's tough but fair in most cases and usually gets good results.

- THE BAD: It didn't go well for him in Toronto. He didn't have great talent to coach, but many believe the Leafs should have been better defensively than they were and Maurice didn't use the right system.

- THE INTANGIBLES: He likely won't get a sniff. His comment at the end of the season about the Senators "swinging their purses" was curious for a guy who was about to walk the unemployment line.

- SUN RATING: 1

RON WILSON

- THE GOOD: Has had a lot of regular-season success. Is demanding of the players and gets the most out of them. Doesn't pull any punches. He'd make the players accountable.

- THE BAD: Had no playoff success with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Brian Campbell and Evgeni Nabokov. Is that not enough? Has only been to the Cup final once in a 14-year NHL coaching career.

- THE INTANGIBLES: A self-professed genius and innovator, Wilson also comes with what many describe as a huge ego. Surely, the Senators have enough of those in their dressing room.

- SUN RATING: 0


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