Sunday, June 17, 2007

Muckler on the outs in Ottawa

An email from a friend of mine this morning:
Any truth to this?


Well, the only reason I can see the Senators wanting to fire John Muckler is that they have someone better in mind for the job, namely that they're moving Bryan Murray upstairs.

Murray was heavily rumoured for the Blue Jackets job, so perhaps as a way of keeping him, Ottawa decided to shift things around and put current assistant coach John Paddock in as coach?

From the sounds of it, we'll know tomorrow.



At 6:55 p.m., June 17, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Murray...the same one who did a horrible job with the Panthers and Ducks? w000000000t

At 7:34 p.m., June 17, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

Two teams he took to the Finals, no?

Not including the Senators, it seems decent enough for me.

At 7:44 p.m., June 17, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

It was Bob Murray who was in the running for the Blue Jackets gig (he's Anaheim's assistant GM). Bryan Murray was not rumored at all.

At 7:53 p.m., June 17, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

You're misinterpreting what Mirtle's saying, Saskhab. Bob Murray was in the running; Bryan Murray was rumored to be on the Jackets' radar sometime after the fallout with Bob Murray.


I still wonder who in the world came up with this "rumors" about Columbus showing interest in Murray, though. I almost wonder if, perhaps, such rumors were fabricated for one reason or another, as tin-foil hat theory as that sounds.

At 7:56 p.m., June 17, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Why wouldn't Columbus be interested in him as GM? Murray had a hand in putting the Ducks together, and with Burke obviously not available, he might have been a good choice to work with Hitch in Ohio.

At 8:05 p.m., June 17, 2007, Anonymous DD said...

Bryan Murray also replaced Pierre Gauthier as the GM of the Mighty Ducks in 2002 after Gauthier hired him a year before to coach the team. A different example of GM's killer perhaps?!

At 10:38 p.m., June 17, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

I'm not so much saying that Columbus shouldn't or wouldn't have been interested in him, as much as I am saying that the story about Columbus possibly wooing Murray could have been used as leverage.

Prior to the official decision to make Scott Howson the team's GM, there was an article put out somewhere which said that Murray wasn't going to be sitting down about his contract in earnest with the Senators until he was with them in Columbus.

Now, to me, that just seems to be screaming 'ultimatum', where if they wouldn't have been able to work something out there, he could threaten to just waltz on down a few corridors of Nationwide and introduce himself to the McConnell clan.

Like I said, tin-foil hat conspiracy theory, but still an interesting thought.


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