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Posted: 08/31/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
OTTAWA -- Like everyone else Paul MacLean was surprised by Daniel Alfredsson's decision to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, but the Ottawa Senators head coach says it's time to move forward.
"I was disappointed like everybody," MacLean said Friday afternoon. "At the same time Daniel's earned the right to make that decision and he's made it and moved on and we're moving on."
MacLean believes the Senators have enough leadership within its current group of players to fill any void left behind by Alfredsson's absence.
"It's a great opportunity for a number of our players to step into that leadership void and show they can be a bigger part of the team than maybe they've been in the past," MacLean said. "It's not just one guy that's going to step up, one guy will represent as Daniel did with the captaincy, but leadership isn't just a one person thing or a three person thing it's an everybody thing. With me it's everybody and that's still going to be the expectation."
MacLean says he wants a captain that "does it right every day and is a good representative of the team."
"But the most important thing is you have to be here every day and you have to do it right," he added.
The two most likely candidates are Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips. Both have been alternate captains and are well respected by their peers and the coaching staff.
There is no set timeline as to when a new captain will be selected as MacLean plans on conducting some due diligence.
Beantown boss Chiarelli gets five-year extension
BOSTON Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has a new contract.
The job is the same as it used to be.
"Our challenges are now at a level that we compete for the Stanley Cup and we want to compete for the Stanley Cup every year," Chiarelli said Friday. "And it's my mandate, my charge to do that... I am very appreciative to be here for five more years at least and I look forward to this coming season and seasons after."
The Bruins signed Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension on Thursday that would keep him in Boston through the 2017-18 season. Charlie Jacobs, the son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, recalled the negotiations with Chiarelli to bring the then-assistant GM in Ottawa to Boston in 2006 and said, "We've come a long way.
"This was a rather easy negotiation," Jacobs said.
Chiarelli, 49, will enter his eighth season with Boston when training camp opens next month. The Bruins have qualified for the playoffs in six of his first seven years, compiling a 50-35 post-season record while winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and returning to the finals this season.
-- from the news services
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 31, 2013 C6
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