PHILADELPHIA - The struggling Ottawa Senators fired Coach John Paddock on Wednesday, with only 18 games to go in the season.
General Manager Bryan Murray will take over as coach. Murray stepped aside to become the GM last summer, when Paddock was given the job.
Assistant coach Ron Low also was fired, a day after the team was shut out for the second consecutive game.
"It comes certainly because of performance lately," Murray said. "The results we've been having - or not having - was an indicator that some adjustment, some emotion had to be brought back to the team."
Murray, who led the Senators to the Eastern Conference title last year, will continue to perform his duties as general manager.
Paddock was in his sixth season with the Senators organization.
The Associated Press