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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen,
As a general rule, it's an honour that has been saved for general managers who are retired.
Fortunately, there are exceptions to every rule.
But Senators GM Bryan Murray admitted he was hesitent to accept the invitation to be recognized by his 29 other peers during the NHL general managers meetings Monday night because it's something normally not done.
Accompanied by his wife Geri -- and with his nephew Tim Murray (GM of the Buffalo Sabres) in the room -- Bryan Murray is well aware this could be an emotional night in a lot of ways.
"I am and I'm not (looking forward to it)," said Murray. "I look at it always as the guys who had retired and they were honouring them in that way. It's a nice honour obviously when you are in the league this long when you have the chance to be recognized for longevity, if nothing else, it's good."
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:
Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.
St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.
Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...
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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
In a lengthy one-on-one interview in his office, while wearing a chemotherapy drip bag from his most recent treatment, Murray told the Citizen he is likely to step down as Senators GM after this season.
“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray says, flatly. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.’
“I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up.”
Bryan and Geri have been married 47 years. Ever briefly, he will put his feet up during the all-star break this weekend, at the couple’s house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
When he does step aside, likely to an advisory role, Murray will crown his own successor, as encouraged by Melnyk, the NHL club owner.
“All Eugene said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over.’”
from the CP at TSN,
Less than 18 months after being honoured as the NHL's coach of the year, Paul MacLean is out of a job.
The Ottawa Senators fired MacLean on Monday after an 11-11-5 start, though the problems team executives had with the coach extended back into last season when the Senators missed the playoffs.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray told a news conference Monday that assistant Dave Cameron will be the new head coach of the team.
"I've had some tough days lately," said Murray, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment and watched longtime Senator Daniel Alfredsson retire last week. "This is one of them."...
"We continue to be a big turnover team in our zone," said Murray. "Our goaltending has been, to say the least, outstanding most nights to give us a chance to win hockey games. The chances against our team are, some nights, atrocious. I think there's an obligation for a lot of people, the players included, to perform better than that. But the leader of the pack always is the coach."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Bryan Murray went for a car ride with an old pal Monday in Detroit.
Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson invited Murray along for a little ride about town, allowing the two to catch up.
"I ran into him today and he asked me what I was doing and he said, 'Let’s go for a drive.' It was nice," the Senators GM told ESPN.com Monday ahead of his team’s game against the Red Wings.
Just goes to show that despite Alfredsson’s dramatic exit from Ottawa before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2013, time heals all wounds.
Every team wants to start its season on the right foot, but general manager Bryan Murray says training camp this season is vitally important for the Ottawa Senators.
"Maybe, we were too comfortable," he told TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. "It looked to me that - the year before we had a lot of injuries and a number of the key guys didn't play very much - we came to camp with a full group, maybe we thought we were going to be better than we were going to be and, certainly, we didn't compete at the same level. There's no question. Maybe there was a comfort that the stars were back, so the other guys didn't have to work so hard."
Murray, heading into his eighth year at the helm of the club, insists that things will be different this season.
"At the end of last year, we had a long, intense meeting with all of management and coaching staff," he explained. "This year, a week ago, we had a sit-down again to review what we had talked about, but also have some objectives going forward starting with training camp and the first visit we have with our players. There's no question that we have a plan that we think it's going to allow our players to be more productive."
Watch the one-on-one interview Bob McKenzie had with Murray. At the beginning of the video, Bryan Murray discusses his health and says he is feeling OK now.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is confident he'll be able to sign two of his top players, but nothing seems to be imminent.
Murray spoke to CTV Ottawa regarding the contract status of forward Bobby Ryan and defenceman Marc Methot, two players entering the final year of their deals.
"In both cases, I think they want to be in Ottawa, they certainly want to get paid according to the marketplace in their minds," said Murray who is entering his eighth season as GM in the nation's capital.
Murray noted that they will not speak to Ryan regarding a new deal until the season gets underway. Last year, Ryan tallied 70 points during his first season in Ottawa.
"I think he [Ryan] wants to see how important of a role he can play in Ottawa and he tells me he likes it and will do a deal, but he wants to figure out where he's going as far as his career and his opportunity in Ottawa," explained Murray.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that General Manager and President of Hockey Operations Bryan Murray has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The Senators organization issued the following statement:
“Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team’s doctors in collaboration with specialists.
Mr. Murray’s treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators office periodically. During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department.
On behalf of the entire Senators family, the team is asking that the thoughts, prayers and support of the entire hockey community are with Bryan and his family.
The Senators and Mr. Murray ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this time.
There will be no further comment from the Senators organization.”
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray on the moves the Senators made today.
I wonder how many deals Bryan Murray turned down because he did not like the suggested trade?
Spezza has a right to say no to certain teams, just like Murray has a right to turn down trades.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports that Senators GM Bryan Murray won't trade Jason Spezza unless he gets the amount of compensation he's seeking from the Blues, Blackhawks, Ducks or whoever else is bidding on Spezza's services, and all I'm going to say about Garrioch's update is this:
I'm sure that having Murray as a GM helps the master of trade rumors cut out the middleman (Garrioch's been at this far longer than Eklund, and Garrioch is far, far better), but man, it's got to suck playing for a general manager who will explicitly discuss his displeasure with your play or his attempts to trade you with every reporter that will listen to him. It sure didn't help the Wings in the mid-90's, and in this day and age...It's got to be rough.
"I told this to the agent and the player, 'It may happen, there may be conversations that bring us close to it, but it certainly doesn't have to be the cutoff point by any stretch,'" said Murray. "It could go all summer and it could go into the year. If I don't get the right deal, he has a year left on his contract and that could be the case, yes."
Of course, this can all change."
Now, Murray could be trying to drive up the market a little bit because the offers have been less than desireable. Spezza might want out but that doesn't mean they will give him away, either.
Murray wasn't willing to put any odds on whether he'll get a deal done in the next few hours leading up to the draft.
"I'm not a betting many so I won't give any odds," said Murray. "I'm not sure at this point. I'm certainly having some discussions, not as much as I thought might happen today. Again, there are a few people talking to me that have expressed interest. We'll play it out and see if anything comes of it."
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray spoke with the media this morning and updated them on all things Sens, including Jason Spezza.
Watch 10 minutes of Bryan Murray below...
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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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.
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.”
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.
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...
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…”.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
*my thanks to a KK reader for help keeping an eye on this story today
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.
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.”
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
more on the Sens…
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…
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.
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.
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.”
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.”