The announcement comes one day after they fell to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, on Thursday night, which was their sixth consecutive defeat. The team dropped out of any type of playoff contention months ago, gutted their roster before and at the Trade Deadline, and now have a long rebuild ahead of them. They basically cut ties with Boucher just sooner than expected, as they were not expected to sign him this off-season. The now former head coach had a contract that ran through the end of this season.
Senators general manager Pierre Dorion thanked Boucher for his three seasons with the team, and but did claim that the team needs "a different set of coaching and leadership skills to guide our team through this rebuild." He also stated that Crawford will bring a "different perspective" in the interim, but the team does plan on searching for a new head coach this summer. The specific attributes that they will reportedly be looking for is a teacher, listener, communicator, and tactician. Crawford is in his third season with Ottawa, and is well within the race the land the job.