Some 72 hours after their season came to an end with another playoff DNQ, the Bruins did not issue a statement Tuesday about how the club plans to proceed prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.
No statement about the coaching staff.
No statement about the roster.
No statement about how the staggering Original Six franchise intends to move forward after missing the postseason for a second straight season, despite winning more games (42) than four clubs — Nashville, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Detroit — that did qualify for the playoffs.
Reached late in the afternoon via e-mail, team president Cam Neely said he would have “plenty to say in due time.’’ But that time obviously isn’t now. Neither Neely nor Don Sweeney, named a year ago as the club’s general manager, have commented publicly since Saturday’s humbling 6-1 loss to the Senators.
The Bruins followed tradition on Monday and invited the media to TD Garden for the ceremonial “breakup’’ day that follows the completion of every season. All roster players were made available to comment to the assembled media over the course of three hours, but Neely and Sweeney remained uncharacteristically unavailable, as did coach Claude Julien.
The rumor mill churned with renewed vigor Tuesday when the Ottawa Senators dismissed coach Dave Cameron and his staff. Julien, if he is dismissed in the Hub of Hockey, would be a prime candidate for the Senators job. The French-speaking Julien is from Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, which is the Canadian capital.
Shakeup continues in Ottawa
Pierre Dorion has made his first major move as Senators general manager, firing coach Dave Cameron.
It’s the second major change in Ottawa after the Senators finished a disappointing 38-35-9 season and missed the playoffs. Dorion is wasting no time shaking up his coaching staff, with the changes coming just two days after he took over the GM role from Bryan Murray.
Assistant coaches Andre Tourigny and Rick Wamsley were also fired. Assistant Jason Smith was relieved of his coaching duties and offered another position with the organization.
Cameron, 57, was the 11th coach in franchise history, posting a 70-50-17 record behind the Senators bench. He took over as head coach Dec. 8, 2014, after Ottawa fired Paul MacLean.
Jones ready to go
Martin Jones spent a Stanley Cup run as Jonathan Quick’s backup in Los Angeles learning what it takes to thrive as a starting goaltender in the playoffs. Jones now gets his own chance to start in the postseason going up against Quick and his former Kings teammates when the San Jose Sharks face their rivals in the first round starting Thursday night. After spending his first two seasons as the backup in Los Angeles, Jones joined the Sharks this past offseason. He was originally dealt to Boston before the Sharks acquired him last summer in a deal for a first-round pick and a prospect. Jones went 37-23-4 with a 2.27 goals against average as he proved he could handle the heavy workload of a starter. Jones started 54 of San Jose’s first 63 games. But trade deadline acquisition James Reimer started eight of the final 19 games, posting three shutouts in that span . . . The Ducks reached the postseason and won the Pacific Division despite a dismayingly long injury list. They expect it to get shorter after they finally hit the ice against Nashville. General manager Bob Murray said he expects several injured players to return during the Ducks’ first-round series against the Predators, who visit Honda Center for Game 1 on Friday night. Key forwards Rickard Rakell and David Perron probably will play during the series, Murray said. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa should return soon, and forward Brandon Pirri also could be available.