Frontrunner For New Ottawa Senators Head Coaching Job Emerges

Speculation is buzzing that John Gruden could be the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators.

Currently, Gruden serves as the head coach for the AHL's Toronto Marlies, showcasing his capabilities in a significant role within the hockey community​​.

His connection to the Ottawa Senators runs deeper than mere speculation, as he once played for the team as a defenseman, tying him back to the organization in a personal and professional capacity​​.

Gruden's experience and achievements in hockey are noteworthy.

He guided the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league playoff champions in the 2017-18 season, an impressive feat demonstrating his ability to lead a team to success.

This victory is a testament to his coaching acumen, particularly his strategic insights and ability to develop young talent, which would be invaluable for a team like the Senators​​.

The Ottawa Senators are in a phase where they are rebuilding and redefining their team.

Gruden, with his wealth of NHL coaching experience and a track record of developing players, appears to be a strong contender for the head coach position​​.

The potential for his return to the Senators, this time as a head coach, also brings a nice narrative full circle.

If Gruden were to take on this role, it would not only mark a significant step in his career but also, no doubt, impact the future direction of the Ottawa Senators. Photo Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports