Though the Ottawa Senators have solely appointed Jacques Martin as their interim head coach, it’s probably he’ll be filling the function for the remainder of the 2023-24 season.
“The phrase out that’s getting used across the league is ‘probably’ — that he’s probably going to teach the remainder of the season,” mentioned Elliotte Friedman through the Saturday Headlines phase on Hockey Night time in Canada. “I don’t assume it’s essentially a assure… issues change, however I imagine that’s sort of the best way the Senators are taking a look at this proper now that he’ll end the 12 months.”
Martin changed earlier head coach D.J. Smith, who was fired by the Senators on Monday. Martin had initially joined Smith’s employees as a senior advisor after serving because the workforce’s head coach from 1996-2004. Throughout that point, the 71-year-old guided Ottawa to eight straight playoff appearances.
“I believe (the Senators) really feel that a few of the coaches that at the moment have jobs elsewhere, they received’t essentially get permission in-season to speak to them,” added Friedman. “And so I believe it’s extra probably than not that Martin finishes the season because the coach of the Senators.”
The Senators, 11-17-0 on the season, entered Saturday’s contest in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins having misplaced their final six straight.