DeBoer meeting with Melnyk

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:48 PM ET

Peter DeBoer could soon be moving to Ottawa as coach of the Senators.

The coach of the Kitchener Rangers is in the Barbados today and believed to be meeting with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to hammer out a deal to become the team's new head coach, the Sun has learned. Rumours have been circulating all morning that DeBoer will be named to the position, including a report by a Kitchener radio station.

Officials with the Senators, however, have denied the reports.

The Sun has learned that DeBoer, who turns 40 on Friday, flew to Barbados late Tuesday for a face-to-face meeting with Melnyk so he can put his final stamp of approval on the decision by General Manager Bryan Murray. DeBoer was registered at a Christ Church hotel normally used by the Senators, but didn't answer the phone in his room.

As reported by the Sun today, DeBoer was considered a frontrunner for the post along with former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley and Sault Ste. Marie coach Craig Hartsburg.


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