To the surprise of no one, the Senators fired coach Jacques Martin.
GM John Muckler hinted at some on-ice changes, too. I’m guessing goalie Patrick Lalime is on the way out. He was pretty useless both during the season and in the playoffs.
But the real issue for the Senators was that they didn’t play a physical enough game to survive the playoffs. There was a lot of talent and finesse, but not enough grit. Martin never toughened his team up.
Also, Martin never game youngster Jason Spezza a chance to shine during the playoffs. You have to wonder if there was a personality conflict there. Otherwise, why wouldn’t you give ice time to a young, talented forward?