Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Meeting with now former B-Sens coach Kurt Kleinendorst Wednesday, he made it clear that this was no rash decision.
It sounds as if he was just looking for a change.
There is no 'next' job lined up. Which he says is the way he's always done it.
Today he looked back on his two years here and ahead to what he sees happening next season.
"Hopefully there will be something out there for me, but if not, you know, like I said, my eyes are wide open. I am a big boy and I understand what the consequences could be, but I believe in myself enough to understand that. I do believe I'll land on my feet somewhere."
In the world of professional sports, this is the equivilant of a high wire act with no net.
But if Kurt Kleinendorst is worried, he doesn't show it.
He joked that not too many teams are looking for a coach that just finished dead last in the league.
But that same coach also won a championship 11 months ago.
"Winning is a lot of fun. Last year's championship was more than a lot of fun. I don't know that you can ever win a championship and not say that those are special days, special moments, and you don't get many opportunities to do that."
He made it clear that his leaving has nothing to do with Binghamton, or the Ottawa organization.
And while he'd surely love a shot at coaching in the NHL, that was not a factor in this decision.
"Obviously it's something that you'd like to do, but I've got to be honest with you, its never been what drives me, it really isn't. I just love what I do, I love working with players."
He joked that he doesn't get a vote in what happens during the offseason, but ever the optimist, Kleinendorst does see big things in the future for the team that's coming back, even if he's not coming back with them.
"I mean I really do believe that the benefit of this years struggle will be next year. I do believe that the group that we had here will be back. They're going to be a year older, a year more mature. I think Ottawa is probably going to go out and sign some good veteran players that can come in and show some good leadership for the younger players, and you know, it should be positive."