Detroit assistant Paul MacLean is Senators' coach

June 14, 2011 - 10:59 AM

OTTAWA (AP) — Paul MacLean has left his job as a Detroit Red Wings assistant to coach the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators fired Cory Clouston and two assistants in April after the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

The Senators made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the hiring was first reported by ESPN.com and confirmed by The Associated Press.

MacLean spent 11 seasons in the NHL and has worked the past five years as an assistant in Detroit, helping the team win the title in 2008. He will be the fourth head coach to serve under Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

Ottawa finished last season near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.