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Ottawa Senators hire Maple Leafs Assistant D.J. Smith as Head Coach

He’s on a three-year deal.

2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic - Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs
Smith with Babcock at the Centennial Classic.

I guess all it took was an interview with Patrick Roy for them to decide on Smith instead.

Smith has agreed to terms on a three-year agreement with the Senators.

Smith, 42, becomes the 14th head coach in the team’s history. He has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach on Mike Babcock’s staff with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined Toronto in 2015-16 after leading the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals to the 2015 Memorial Cup title.

This makes official what we have assumed for some time. The Leafs are in the market for at least one new assistant, possibly two.