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Silver Nuggets: Senators hire Paul Maclean as coach; AHL to NHL transition

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The Boston Bruins forced a game seven tomorrow night in Vancouver after a 5-2 win last night in Boston. The Canucks have won their three games by one goal each, and have lost their three games by 7, 4 and 3 goals. Still, tomorrow night, they will get a chance to win a Stanley Cup with a home win. Having won six in a row at home, the Canucks still have to be considered the favourites.

Meanwhile, the Senators are expected to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to officially announce Paul Maclean as the coach. By the time this is posted, it will already have happened. Sadly, I have to continue to go condo hunting during my lunch hour so it cannot be updated.

Also note, Adnan nuggets are inferior to Peter nuggets in lack of non-Sens links, I readily admit it!

Here are today's links:

General Sens News

  • With Paul Maclean being the next coach, Bruce Garrioch feels that Maclean's biggest task will be to get Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson to buy into the program, because Spezza was "inconsistent" and Karlsson "took a step back". I would have rated those two Ottawa's best players last season. (Ottawa Sun)
  • Will everything be awesome for Ottawa because Binghamton won the Calder Cup? Here is a look at translating AHL success to the NHL level. For example, the Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets franchise won both the AHL and ECHL titles in 2001-2002 and look how that turned out. Of course, Binghamton had a lot of young players helping them win, I am not sure what Atlanta's affiliate situation was. Fun fact by the way, Atlanta's AHL ECHL club was called the Greenville Grrrowl. Yes, that is really three R's. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • There aren't too many great unrestricted free agents, but there are some enticing restricted free agents. Senshot looks at some of the higher end ones. (Senshot)
  • Craig Anderson is going to start racing. We always knew he loved cars because of his mask, but am I the only one who feels uneasy about this? (Detroit Free Press)

More after the jump.

General Hockey News

  • Colorado based author Kim Washburn writes Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story. It tells the story of Fisher 's NHL career with an emphasis on the role of God in Fisher's life. (Calgary Herald)
  • Mason Raymond who injured himself in Vancouver's loss last night, will be out four-to-six months. (TSN)
  • Roberto Luongo is confident he will bounce back tomorrow. I would agree with him, he's been excellent at home. (TSN)