Sens coach Paul MacLean not making bold predictions

Senators head coach Paul MacLean is not making any predictions for the team's season on the eve of...

Senators head coach Paul MacLean is not making any predictions for the team's season on the eve of their opener in Buffalo. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

BUFFALO - Whether he's playing coy or really does have his doubts, coach Paul MacLean is not yet ready to assume that the season his Senators start Friday in Buffalo will extend beyond Game 82 in Pittsburgh.

Not all that far removed from the days of being picked to finish near the bottom of the standings, the Senators are a trendy choice now. One publication even has them winning the Stanley Cup next spring.

Hold on just a minute, says MacLean.

"I've heard it, and I do read it, but I don't believe it necessarily," MacLean, who is beginning the season with a fresh new haircut, stated of the lofty expectations Thursday. "I really believe if we come here every day and we work hard every day to get a little bit better we're going to like where we are at the end. I don't know where that is, I'm not prepared at this time to say that we are 'this' kind of a team. I would like to, but we're not there yet.

"We're still a team that's searching for itself and the consistency of being a good team or an elite team, we're still searching for that."


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