Sens give Clouston his walking papers

Cory Clouston was let go as the Senators coach after Saturday's loss to the Bruins in the team's...

Cory Clouston was let go as the Senators coach after Saturday's loss to the Bruins in the team's final game of the season. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI Agency Files)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

BOSTON - The Cory Clouston era is over.

The Senators' coach made his last stand behind the club's bench Saturday at the TD BankNorth Garden.

The Senators are expected to gather as a team one more time on Monday -- without Clouston.

Lauer, Carvel gone

Assistant coaches Brad Lauer and Greg Carvel were also let go Saturday.

It will likely be up to assistant Luke Richardson to decide if he wants to return next season, while goalie coach Rick Wamsley is signed for another year and there's no reason to make a change there.

The Senators brought in Clouston in February, 2009 because Craig Hartsburg wasn't delivering on a promise to crack the whip.

Disasters

Murray, who agreed to be the team's GM for the next three seasons on Friday, can't afford to be wrong again. John Paddock, Hartsburg and Clouston have all been disasters.

"This is the most important decision they're going to make in the off-season. They can't afford to screw this up," said a league executive. "They've screwed it up in the past and they've gotten the wrong guy. The players have had it with Clouston.

"They can't go young behind the bench again. They tried that with Clouston and, to some extent, with Hartsburg. They need a guy with NHL experience who knows what it takes at this level to win games."

The Senators could move swiftly to fill the vacancy, or they could wait for the fallout of the playoffs.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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