Senators head coach Guy Boucher is set to meet with GM Pierre Dorion and assistant GM Randy Lee on Monday, reports Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch. This is a follow-up to an exit meeting where management challenged Boucher to come up with some new ideas following a season that saw Ottawa finish 30th overall.
Speaking at the Draft Lottery on Saturday night, Dorion acknowledged to Garrioch that following the meeting, they will go through Boucher’s plan and make a decision over the coming weeks to determine whether or not he will remain as the Senators’ bench boss for next season. Boucher has one year remaining on his contract after being hired back in May of 2016.
Elsewhere around the league:
- While there hasn’t been much talk lately regarding Carolina’s vacant GM post, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports (Twitter link) that the Hurricanes have a shortlist of four candidates for the position and Bruins executive John Ferguson Jr. is on that list. The former Toronto GM has been with Boston for the last two years and also spent time in San Jose but last worked as a general manager back in 2007-08. With their victory in the Draft Lottery, it will be interesting to see if that position becomes more attractive to candidates in the weeks to come.
- The Canucks were linked to Swedish free agent center Par Lindholm earlier this week but at the Draft Lottery, GM Jim Benning told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link) that while they did scout him, they will not be the team to sign him. The 26-year-old ranked fourth in the SHL in scoring this past season with 47 points (18-29-47) in 49 games and also suited up for Sweden in the Olympics.