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Bryan Murray passes away

According to Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber, former Ottawa Senators GM and Red Wings GM/coach Bryan Murray has passed away. He was battling colon cancer.

Update: Here's the Wings' statement on Murray's passing:

RED WINGS MOURN THE PASSING OF FORMER HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER BRYAN MURRAY

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are saddened to learn of the passing of Bryan Murray, a deeply-respected staple in the NHL community for 35 years and former head coach (1990-93) and general manager (1990-94) of the Red Wings. Murray passed away on Saturday at the age of 74 after battling colon cancer.

Murray took over as head coach and general manager for the Red Wings in 1990-91, serving as general manager for the first four seasons of the Red Wings’ franchise-record 25-straight postseason berths. After Jim Devellano was promoted to vice president of the Red Wings in 1990, Bryan Murray was named general manager and the pair presided over NHL Entry Drafts that saw the organization add several key components to the team’s Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, including Slava Kozlov (1990), Martin Lapointe (1991), Chris Osgood (1991) and Darren McCarty (1992). Murray posted a 124-91-29 record in three seasons as the team’s head coach and captured a Norris Division title in 1991-92.

After beginning his front-office career in the WHL and AHL, Murray became head coach of the Washington Capitals in 1981-82, where he stayed until 1989-90. Following his days with the Red Wings, Murray served as general manager for the Florida Panthers (1993-00), Anaheim Mighty Ducks (2002-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16) and also had stints serving as head coach for each team, ultimately finishing his head coaching career with a 620-465-131-23 record. He worked as the Senators’ head coach or general manager from 2004-16 and served as a senior advisor for the organization in 2016-17.

The Red Wings organization would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Ottawa Senators organization and all of Murray’s family and friends during this most difficult time.

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are saddened to learn of the passing of Bryan Murray, a deeply-respected staple in the NHL community for 35 years and former head coach (1990-93) and general manager (1990-94) of the Red Wings. Murray passed away on Saturday at the age of 74 after battling colon cancer.

Murray took over as head coach and general manager for the Red Wings in 1990-91, serving as general manager for the first four seasons of the Red Wings’ franchise-record 25-straight postseason berths. After Jim Devellano was promoted to vice president of the Red Wings in 1990, Bryan Murray was named general manager and the pair presided over NHL Entry Drafts that saw the organization add several key components to the team’s Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, including Slava Kozlov (1990), Martin Lapointe (1991), Chris Osgood (1991) and Darren McCarty (1992). Murray posted a 124-91-29 record in three seasons as the team’s head coach and captured a Norris Division title in 1991-92.

After beginning his front-office career in the WHL and AHL, Murray became head coach of the Washington Capitals in 1981-82, where he stayed until 1989-90. Following his days with the Red Wings, Murray served as general manager for the Florida Panthers (1993-00), Anaheim Mighty Ducks (2002-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16) and also had stints serving as head coach for each team, ultimately finishing his head coaching career with a 620-465-131-23 record. He worked as the Senators’ head coach or general manager from 2004-16 and served as a senior advisor for the organization in 2016-17.

The Red Wings organization would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Ottawa Senators organization and all of Murray’s family and friends during this most difficult time.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/12/17 at 01:39 PM ET

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I always said he never got enough credit for what he built with Detroit. It always seemed as if he was a good goalie short of having a great team.

Thank you. Rest in Peace Sir

Posted by leftwing on 08/12/17 at 01:51 PM ET

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What a bummer, I always liked Bryan Murray. All about hockey that guy. He gave us some exciting seasons, but sad playoffs. I said this a hundred times, that he, Jimmy D and Bowman put our cup teams together (especially the first three). Big loss to hockey. Prays and love to his family.

Thanks Bryan, RIP.

Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 08/13/17 at 08:49 AM ET

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Sad news.

In addition to what was said above about his time with the Wings, I don’t think he gets enough credit for laying the foundation that Burke inherited in Anaheim. That was really Murray’s construction. I admit, I cannot stand Burke, but even if you love Brian Burke, look at who drafted, developed, and signed up that group of core players… Murray did a heck of a job. And his work in Ottawa is pretty remarkable. They were up and down and could never really retain high-priced players, but it was a clear continuation of his track record from Detroit and Anaheim—finding players that were under the radar a bit, and developing them into very good pros.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/14/17 at 08:52 AM ET

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