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Rob Ray can be seen nowadays on Buffalo Sabres television broadcasts as an in-game analyst. Unlike many players-turned-broadcasters, the former Sabres agitator has no qualms about delving out his opinions.
He also still has friends and contacts in Ottawa resulting from his time there at the end of his playing career - and he was more than willing to share some opinions and insight regarding the Senators coaching situation, and the status of the working relationship between Brian Murray and Eugene Melnyk, during his radio segment on WGR-550 today:
“They’ve lost a spark and I think a big part of it is the guy behind the bench. They really, from the beginning, never bought into Cory Clouston. And, you know, they had a hard time with him in the beginning, and you know, they kind of gave into it a little bit for a while, but I just don’t think he has what it takes to keep them.”
“I’ve talked to people up there - Melnyk wants Murray to go behind the bench to finish the year coaching, and he refuses to do it, and I think it’s causing a major turmoil amongst ownership and the general manager that he’s not willing to do that, and I think you may see at the end of the year that the coach and general manager may be moved out of there.”
Click here for the entire interview; for comments on the Sens jump to 9:15.
There is a misguided notion among some Sabres fans hungry for change that the timing of the impending sale to triple-billionaire Terry Pegula will potentially put a freeze on some much needed player transactions as the February 28th trade deadline approaches. If history is an indicator, don’t fret.
Assuming Buffalo is still out of the playoff picture in five weeks, GM Darcy Regier will best serve the organization by putting on his seller’s cap and stockpiling some draft picks and prospects in what’s starting to look a lot like his final trade deadline at the helm of this team.
Regier has been in this position before, in 2003 to be exact, when Tom Golisano was in the process of saving the franchise. But while the wheels were turning behind the scenes as a transfer of ownership was slowly being completed, Regier wasn’t exactly sitting around contemplating his job status.
He cut ties with veteran forward Vaclav Varada. He parted ways with fan favorite Rob Ray. He moved Stu Barnes to tears when he dealt his captain to Dallas. And in the most brilliant execution of stratagem imaginable, he somehow convinced then-GM Mike Barnett of Phoenix that the Coyotes would be a better team with Chris Gratton than with Daniel Briere.
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from the Ottawa Citizen,
Once he had that treatment, he was faced with questions about his leadership abilities, brought on by some pointed criticisms from Rob Ray, the former Senator and longtime Buffalo Sabres heavyweight, during a session on the TSN program Off the Record.
“I don’t think he’s a stand up, rah, rah guy in the dressing room,” said Ray. “He’s a leader on the ice. That’s a big problem with this team ... even when I was there, there was no one person to stand up and take charge, and bat a head when it needed to happen. They’re all tight and very close friends. Alfie’s a great player when things are going easy ... he came alive against Buffalo (in Tuesday’s 6-3 win) when Buffalo eased off after being ahead 3-1, but where was he in the first two periods?”