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Bryan Murray On The Senators Season

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,

In Tuesday’s post-mortem on what went so wrong with his team this season, he was an open book about a club that started slowly and only found a degree of consistency when the season was already lost.

He had some harsh words for the work of coach Paul MacLean, saying his approach to players must change. He said captain Jason Spezza’s future with the team is undecided. He acknowledged the loss of former captain Daniel Alfredsson last summer was pivotal.

He recognized that young defencemen Jared Cowen, Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gryba didn’t meet expectations, and he was disturbed by the “careless” and “confused” moments inside the Senators’ blueline.

He steadfastly defended some of his own controversial trades. He also said it’s paramount for the organization to find a “harder forward that can play the game hard and stick up for teammates if necessary,” and says there will be other changes.

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Bryan Murray Gets An Extension And New Title

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk today announced the team has reached an agreement to extend the contract of General Manager Bryan Murray for two years to July of 2016. In addition, Murray has been named President of Hockey Operations. Murray will continue to act as the team’s General Manager for the next two seasons and will then remain with the organization for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.

The Senators also announced today the team has promoted both Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to the position of Assistant General Manager.

“I am very pleased to have Bryan remain here in Ottawa for the next four years. Without question, Bryan stands among the best general managers in the National Hockey League,” said Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk. “Our drafting success and the emergence of so many young, dynamic players within our organization is a testament to Bryan’s leadership and wealth of hockey knowledge.”

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Report- Senators Ready To Extend The Contract Of GM Bryan Murray

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Bryan Murray is ready to sign on the dotted line.

League executives told the Ottawa Sun late Friday Murray has agreed to a wide-ranging long-term extension that will keep him in the GM’s chair for at least another two years and a significant role with the organization after that.

It’s believed the deal will be confirmed Monday when all the paperwork is completed. This news comes less than 24 hours after assistant GM Tim Murray accepted the GM’s job with the Buffalo Sabres and ensures stability in the organization.

Murray has helped the club shape a successful rebuild and hired coach Paul MacLean to get the club back to respectability.

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Garrioch cuts to the chase

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch stated that his usual trade round-up column wouldn't return until after the holidays, so he cut to the chase and declared that, "Enough's enough, it's time Sens GM Bryan Murray makes a deal" on Saturday evening:

The Senators know the inconsistency can't continue. Ten days after Bryan Murray read the players the riot act following a 5-2 loss in New Jersey nothing has really changed which means it may be time for the club's veteran GM to act.

Murray has been working the phones trying to find a veteran winger and a puck-moving defenceman. In the past, he would have done that kind of deal without trying to touch the roster.

That won't be the case this time with the Senators on a strict budget. If money is going to come in then dollars have to go out which means somebody will be packing their bags if Murray decides it's time to trade.

Garrioch continues sans name-dropping...

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Bryan Murray Speaks His Mind

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Bryan Murray fired back at Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday.

The Senators GM warned the Penguins superstar and coach Dan Bylsma they might want to watch out the next time the teams face off on Dec. 16 at Scotiabank Place because it could get rough.

Murray sounded off after Bylsma and Crosby, speaking in Montreal Saturday night, defended his actions in elbowing winger Nick Foligno to the head Friday in Pittsburgh.

“The rules are very clear now,” said Murray. “If you fall into a goaltender and touch a goaltender, an elbow to the head and a butt end to the head is fair game. Dan Bylsma said that’s OK for them. Sidney said Nick Foligno is that kind of player.

“I wish (Foligno) was that kind of player. I thought the referees in that game, watching it and hearing the comments, it was 2-on-2. He fell over the goaltender. He was cross-checked four times. There was no question, did he get pushed? I don’t know. He got cross-checked, I thought he got a butt end, but it might have been a full elbow. (Chris) Kunitz comes in with a cross-check and the penalties were even…”.

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Bryan Murray’s Next Task

From Darren Dreger at TSN:

Murray’s blade was sharp as he cut his roster to the bone.

In return, draft picks and young assets and a veteran goalie, Craig Anderson, whose audition in Ottawa recently turned into a four-year extension; another clear sign Bryan Murray was Melnyk’s man.

However, the same can’t be said for head coach Cory Clouston, who seemed to struggle at times this season connecting with his players.

Murray is now faced with one more distasteful task, firing another coach, something he’s all too familiar with.

Murray says Clouston’s fate will officially be determined end of season, which could be as early as this weekend or early next week.

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Senators Extend Bryan Murray

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Bryan Murray will be back as Senators GM after accepting a 3-year contract Friday.

“We’re looking forward to implementing his vision for the team, which is to bring it back to elite status,” owner Eugene Melnyk said at Scotiabank Place. “I think we’re getting there.

“We’ve talked about it for a long time. This is not something that was done on a fly.

An announcement will be made on coach Cory Clouston at the conclusion of the season.

It’s strongly believed he will not be back.

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Judging Bryan Murray

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Bryan Murray has been general manager the Ottawa Senators for three years and seven months.

It only seems longer — for two reasons.

1. Those three-plus years have been tumultuous, with the team on the verge of missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons after nine straight post-season appearances.

2. Hired as head coach in 2004, Murray has been in the organization for nearly seven years, leaving the impression he has been managing longer than he has.

We list here every significant transaction the Senators have made under Murray’s guidance. Judge for yourself the results, keeping in mind there is nothing static about management moves. The true impact often takes years, which is why a compelling case can be made that the moves of Murray’s predecessor, John Muckler, have had as much bearing on the Senators’ current standing as the Murray moves over the past three-plus years.

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How Can Murray Fix the Senators?

from Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:

Last season the eighth place Montreal Canadiens, finished with 88 points. For the Senators to hit that mark, they’d have to go 31-21 in their final 62 games. Of course that doesn’t factor in points they could achieve in games that go to overtime, but you get the idea.

The Senators will need to do an immediate about-face if they are to make the playoffs this season.

So what’s wrong with this team?

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Senators Will Extend Contract Of GM Murray

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are expected to announce Friday morning GM Bryan Murray has been signed to a contract extension.

The club has called a 9:45 a.m. news conference at Scotiabank Place with president Cyril Leeder and Murray, at which they’re expected to say Murray has agreed to a new two-year deal to stay with the club. His current contract expires on July 1.

With the Senators coming off a 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals, the Senators are ranked No. 3 in the Eastern Conference. During their current streak of 13 wins in the past 14 games, the Senators have made up 13 points on the Buffalo Sabres to move into first place in the Northeast Division. The club started the streak while dealing with several key injuries, shown it has depth in the organization.

update 10:05am, Bruce Garrioch reports it is a one year extension.

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All Bryan Murray

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

After a year in which another coach got fired, the team missed the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons, and the team’s star goal scorer demanded a trade, Murray’s hoping this season allows him to show his face in public a little more without getting a pie thrown at it.

On the eve of the season, he sat down with The Citizen to talk about a number of issues. Here is an edited version of that conversation….

Q: What would qualify as a successful year?

A: That’s a tough question.

No. 1, you have to make the playoffs, very definitely. No. 2, you have to be competitive in the playoffs.

Do you have to win every round? I don’t know.

Our plan is to try to win the Stanley Cup, without a question. That has to be a given. But we have to get back to playing at a kind of level where we get respect in this town, and we have to show the fans as a team that we really compete every night and that we really care about playing here….

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Ottawa Blame Game

From TSN:

According to the Camden Courier-Post, [former coach John] Paddock feels general manager Bryan Murray should be in the crosshairs if Senators owner Eugene Melnyk hands out any more pink slips.

“I think now he’s next in line,” Paddock told the Courier-Post. “We were 14 games over .500 when I was fired. They’re seven under now. Somebody needs to take responsibility for that. Whether the coaches he hired and fired were good or not, they’re his players and they’re either not playing good or can’t play, one or the other.”

But Paddock, who is currently the head coach of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, doesn’t think coaching is the issue in the nation’s capital.

“The players are not very good, that’s the problem,” Paddock told the Courier-Post.

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Premature Coach Speculation

From the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators are soon hoping to hire a new head coach but reports Wednesday that they had found their man were premature.

“I haven’t hired anybody at this point in time,” Senators GM Bryan Murray told The Canadian Press on Wednesday morning.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Murray had hired highly touted junior coach Peter DeBoer from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.

“We’ve had conversations but nothing has been determined at this point in time,” said Murray.

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Reports in question include Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun today.

Update 12:16pm ET: Adam Proteau at The Hockey News posted a similar report this morning.
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*my thanks to a KK reader for help keeping an eye on this story today

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Bryan Murray Wants Emery Gone

From TSN,

According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.

The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season.  When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.

“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.

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Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:

Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”

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Morning Line

via Don Brennan at the Ottawa Sun,

Bryan Murray made light of the struggles of Mike Commodore yesterday, saying that while the big defenceman has brought much of what he was expected to bring to the table, the coach would like to see No. 44 improve his puck skills. “I’m going to loan him my stick,” said Murray. “I think the hands go with it.” Across the hall a few minutes later, Commodore was in no chuckling mood. “Fourteen games, no points, minus-6

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Afternoon Line

from the Ottawa Sun,

Bryan Murray could be facing suspension after being ejected from Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks for protesting a referee’s call….

“I just kept telling (referee Wes McCauley) it was a bull—-t call. ‘That’s a bull—-t call you made. He said, ‘Say it again and you’re gone,’ so I said it again,” said Murray.

more on the Sens/Ducks game last night…

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Paddock Fired

from TSN,

Having dropped six of their last eight games and 14 of their last 21, the Ottawa Senators have fired head coach John Paddock with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.

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And more from the Ottawa Senators,

[General Manager Bryan] Murray, who will return behind the bench as head coach, will continue to perform his duties as Senators general manager. Assistant coach Ron Low has also been relieved of his coaching duties.

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Sens Need To Win And Forget About Stats

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I don’t know if there’s anything specific at the moment. I’ve told teams we need to get healthy. We’ve said all along that it would be nice to have another forward who can score goals. But there doesn’t seem to be that person available right now. We’re just trying to find out what is out there.”

Murray said the answers mostly have to come from within.

“I’m not sure that trades do very much,” said Murray. “You may scare a person. You may eliminate a person or two from your lineup. I think we have a pretty good hockey team. You don’t want to make a change just for the sake of making a change. If that’s what it takes to stimulate this group, then I’d be pretty disappointed.

“We’ve got a good group here. We’ve obviously gotten away from our game. We’ve got too many guys worried about statistics rather than winning.”

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Line Of The Day

For all of you waiting for trades to happen…

via the Ottawa Sun,

“Having an extra Top 6 forward allows for injuries and allows for a lot of things that happen like (Eaves and Alfredsson) being out,” Murray told the Sun. “That’s always the ideal scenario to be able to do that and we’re going to pursue that, without a doubt.

“However, we know full well that until teams are eliminated from the playoffs, we’re probably not going to be able to make many deals for that quality of a player.”

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