Craig Hartsburg Fired in Ottawa: Cory Coulson Named Interim Coach

Dino MoriAnalyst IFebruary 2, 2009

Cory Clouston was named interim head coach of the Ottawa Senators this morning, following the firing of head coach Craig Hartsburg.

Hartsburg leaves after just 48 games behind the Senators bench.

Clouston was coaching Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton prior to his promotion.  He was named the Western Hockey League's coach of the year in 2007.

The news of Hartsburg's dismissal doesn't come as much of a surprise.

The club has been mired in a season-long slump with a record of 17-24-7 and are currently in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, better only than the woeful Atlanta Thrashers and New York Islanders.

Hartsburg took over a seemingly talented group of Senators, who only two seasons ago under Bryan Murray went to the Stanley Cup finals against Anaheim.

Hartsburg had previous NHL coaching experience in Chicago and Anaheim. He spent four years with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League before being hired in Ottawa.

Unbalanced scoring from the team's forwards, lack of depth on defense, and a carousel of goaltenders are several factors that led to Hartsburg's firing.