Senators Fire Coach Jacques Martin

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Two days after Ottawa was ousted from the playoffs by losing Game 7 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team fired head coach Jacques Martin.

"In order to take the next step, toward winning a Stanley Cup, we must select a new face, a new voice with a fresh approach and with new ideas," Senators general manager John Muckler said at an afternoon news conference.

Martin had been the NHL's longest-tenured active coach with one team, serving 8 1/2 seasons behind the Senators bench.

"I just feel we need somebody to come in and take us over the top of the mountain," Muckler said. "The new coach has to fix our dressing room. We have to find more leadership coming out of that dressing room."

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