“I don’t know if he was happy here all the time; maybe he felt his role on the team could have been different,” Murray said....
“Alex is a veteran player who needs to be important. He has been an important player. If you don’t give him that importance, it’s easier to not play at your level. As a coach, you have to define where he fits. (With) Alex, it didn’t work. So he moves.”
Even more to the point is the Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Kovalev will be thrilled at the prospect of moving. He couldn’t stand playing for Clouston and is going back to a place where his career flourished.Just a hunch - Murray is probably not very happy that the team he constructed went out and embarrassed themselves on the ice this season. If you look at the opening night roster, the Senators were loaded with a lot of great hockey players - a couple of them in the elite class - and yet Clouston ended up feuding with many of his veterans.
At least two spats were made public - those of Jarkko Ruutu and Kovalev - which leaves you wondering how many others were unhappy with the coach.
Regardless, Clouston has a team full of young minor league kids now and those are the kinds of players he's had success with in the past.
Perhaps his coaching style will mature along with them.