Two days after celebrating his 58th birthday, Marshall Johnston was hired as Senators GM. Johnston was an assistant to Senators GM Rick Dudley last season. Dudley was given permission Monday to join the Lightning.

Johnston joined the Senators in July 1996 as director of player personnel after spending the previous season scouting for the Islanders. He was director of player personnel for the Devils from 1983 to '93.

When he was a teenager, Johnston passed on major junior hockey in Canada to attend the University of Denver. After graduating, he played for Canada's national team for four years, including the 1968 Olympics.

Johnston had a seven-year NHL playing career that did not begin until he was 26, with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968. A defenseman, he also played for the California Golden Seals.

He coached the Golden Seals from 1974 to '75, then coached at his alma mater for four seasons.

He was made assistant GM and assistant coach of the Colorado Rockies in May 1981 and was head coach for the final 56 games in 1981-82. He coached Canada's team at the 1982 world championships, then moved to New Jersey when the Colorado franchise shifted that year.