Senators fire head coach MacLean

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Posted: Dec 08, 2014 1:50 PM

(Reuters) - The struggling Ottawa Senators have fired head coach Paul MacLean, the National Hockey League team said on Monday.

The move to dismiss the former coach of the year comes with the Senators sitting in seventh place in the eight-team Atlantic division after an 11-11-5 start to the NHL's 2014-15 season.

Ottawa, whose next game is on Thursday at home versus the Los Angeles Kings, announced the move on Twitter and have not yet named a replacement for the 56-year-old MacLean.

In his first year as an NHL coach, MacLean led the 2011-12 Senators to an 18-point improvement over the prior campaign, got the team to the Eastern Conference quarter-finals and won the Jack Adams Award as the league's best coach.

MacLean guided the Senators to the conference semi-finals a year later but missed out on the postseason last year.

He leaves Ottawa with a 114-90-35 overall record.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Keating)