The Ottawa Senators have fired head coach Guy Boucher, the team announced Friday morning.
Marc Crawford, a member of the Senators’ staff for the past three seasons, will assume interim coaching duties. Crawford, 58, has 15 years experience as an NHL head coach and led the Avalanche to the 1996 Stanley Cup.
Boucher enjoyed a successful first season in Ottawa, guiding the Senators to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Penguins. But the Senators have struggled the past two seasons, finishing 28-43-11 last season. They’re 22-37-5 this season, the worst record in the NHL.
Boucher finishes at Ottawa with a 94-108-26 mark.
“I want to thank Guy for his three years of service. He is a good person and has been an excellent representative of the Senators. At this point, however, we need a different set of coaching and leadership skills to guide our team through this rebuild,” general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “In the interim, Marc will bring a different perspective along with a wealth of head coaching experience.”