Cameron poised to join Sens staff

Mississauga St. Michael's Majors head coach Dave Cameron said at the Majors awards banquet Saturday...

Mississauga St. Michael's Majors head coach Dave Cameron said at the Majors awards banquet Saturday night he will be leaving Mississauga. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency Files)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:23 AM ET

Dave Cameron is part of the Senatorsí coaching picture, after all.

Cameron, who was the coach and GM of the Mississauga St. Michaelís Majors and the first choice of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to become Ottawaís bench boss, is poised to join Paul MacLeanís staff as an assistant coach.

While the move hasnít been confirmed by the Senators, Cameron said at the Majors awards banquet Saturday night he will be leaving Mississauga.

ďItís just a matter now of crossing some Tís and dotting some Iís,Ē Cameron told the crowd, according to Mississauga.com. ďThe one thing Iíve always said is that coaches are no different than players in terms of wanting to get to the National Hockey League.

ďIím really excited and humbled to get the chance to go to the best league in the world. You know, I was fortunate enough to make it as a player and now Iím really excited to be going back as a coach.Ē

Cameron, 52, played three seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils.

The Senators have given MacLean permission to hire his own staff, but thatís not to say it wasnít suggested to him to speak with Cameron.

Sources told the Sun last week MacLean wanted to interview Owen Sound Attack coach Mark Reeds.

Cameron suffered through a season of criticism after the Majors lost in the OHL and Memorial Cup finals.

He also took a lot of heat after coaching Canadaís world junior team to a disappointing silver medal in Buffalo ó a game that saw the Canadians blow a 3-0 third-period lead to Russia and lose 5-3.

Talked to Red Wings

The Senators werenít Cameronís only option. He also had talks with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who has two openings on his staff after assistants MacLean and Brad McCrimmon departed.

ďTen years (to get to the NHL) is a little longer than I would have hoped, but I certainly welcome the chance,Ē said Cameron, who announced assistant coach James Boyd will be taking over the Majors. ďItís been a great seven years (he also coached three seasons in the AHL with Binghamton) and Iíve really enjoyed my time here.Ē

Itís believed goalie coach Rick Walmsley and assistant coach Luke Richardson will be retained from Cory Cloustonís staff by MacLean.

That would leave only one post open.

MacLean has a long history with Reeds, including a coaching stint in Peoria of the IHL, but itís unclear whether the Senators would want two assistants with no NHL coaching experience on their staff.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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