If this was Marc Crawford’s final media conference as the Ottawa Senators‘ head coach, he went out with a bang.
On the day his players cleaned out their stalls, Crawford was articulate, humble and under no illusion that he might have the inside track for a longer stint as head coach after the Senators played modestly better in the final 18 games of the season. Crawford moved up from his associate coach position after Guy Boucher was fired March 1.
Crawford is a candidate to be the head coach next season, but so will many others, and the selection process could take a while because the Senators are first expected to hire a president of hockey operations. That new executive could have input on the future direction of the staff.
“Every job in hockey is a great job — and I should know, I’ve held most of them,” Crawford said, to laughter. “At the same time, I’ve recognized the best job in the world of hockey is being a player. The second best job is being a head coach, that really came through to me in those last 18 games.”
Crawford’s Senators finished 7-10-1 in the final 18 games, not good enough to escape a last-place overall finish in the NHL. His personal NHL resumé includes 1,169 games coached, 556 wins, 431 losses, 103 ties and 79 overtime losses.