Monday, June 18, 2007

Murray takes over as Senators GM

Ottawa announced that coach Bryan Murray is being kicked upstairs at an afternoon press conference today, something that sounds like it came as a result of owner Eugene Melnyk's master plan.

And while it was stated that this was always part of the team's vision, you have to wonder just how John Muckler feels given he built this club into a Stanley Cup finalist. Because of the timing of the move, the veteran hockey man also misses out on two vacant positions in Phoenix and Columbus, and may be in tough to find another manager's role this off-season.

At 73, Muckler may have just unwillingly retired.

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At 1:40 p.m., June 18, 2007, Blogger Matt said...

Always part of the team's vision?

So if Ottawa had won the Cup, he'd still be gone? Highly doubt it. Definitely a copout by Melnyk (or whoever said it, I didn't watch the press conference) to say that.

People may say Muckler's done, but Marv Levy, at age 80, became the GM of the Buffalo Bills just over a year ago.

I know it's a different sport and all, but I'm just sayin...

At 2:19 p.m., June 18, 2007, Anonymous desdemona said...

I'm not a Sens fan by any means, quite the opposite in fact, but what a slap in the face to fire the man who built several excellent teams only to be replaced by the coach who also "couldn't finish the job".

Year after year, Muckler put quality rosters together, the only problem he ever had was getting a good solid goalie. Now that the team has a young star who will more than likely evolve into a goalie who can take his team to the finish line, this is the thanks he gets?

No one (well not many) thought that they'd get very far without Chara, but they did. Many thought it was suspect to take an emotionally unstable Heatley off of Atlanta's hands, but that also worked out well.

If Melnyk's thinking was "Cup or bust", then why does Murray become the heir to the team he was unable to motivate behind the scenes?

At 3:43 p.m., June 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has less to do with letting Muckler go as it has to do with keeping Murray. Good as Muckler is, Murray might be better. Melnyk needed to show that Murray was the priority, and did. Sucks of Muckler, but that's business.

At 7:31 p.m., June 18, 2007, Anonymous desdemona said...

Ironic since, just last season, the media was questioning whether or not Ottawa should keep Muckler and Ottawa came out and couldn't say enough good things about him. They "stood by their man" and said that they would continue to do so.


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