While the Senators are in the process of searching for a new President of Hockey Operations, that won’t have any bearing on their looming coaching search, reports Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch. The scribe adds that current interim bench boss Marc Crawford is likely to receive serious consideration for the role. Ottawa has actually seen its points percentage improve since the coaching change, no small feat considering Crawford took over following the trades of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel. Belleville head coach Troy Mann is also likely to be considered for the role given how many young players are pegged to have regular roles for next season and beyond.
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- Bruins winger Marcus Johansson has had a rough go since joining the team a month ago. He missed time with a lung contusion and hasn’t made much of a mark when he has played with just a lone assist in six games. With that in mind, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe suggests that it’s unlikely that Boston will opt to bring back the 28-year-old for next season, barring a strong showing in the postseason. Johansson has averaged just 12:13 per night so far as they look to determine what his role in the lineup should be heading into the playoffs.
- Despite looking like he could be out for a while following a fight on Tuesday, Canadiens winger Paul Byron has resumed skating, reports TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie (Twitter link). As a result, he could be available for their next game on Tuesday assuming he gets the green light from team doctors. Montreal has struggled without Byron in the lineup this season and would certainly benefit from his presence as they look to make a late run at a playoff spot.