Monday, June 18, 2007
Today, a huge move was made in the NHL. John Muckler, GM of the Ottawa Senators was let go by the organization today, and is to be replaced by head coach Bryan Murray. But Murray told reporters that he will not take on both roles of coach and GM, and said he will conduct interviews for a new coach over the next few weeks.
"The last three years as head coach has shown me we have a very strong foundation of players to build upon," Murray said at Monday's news conference. "The depth and experience of this team presents us with an enormous opportunity to a create a long-term plan that will allow us to bring forward a competitive team for many years to come."
Last year, the Senators went to their 1st Stanley Cup Final in modern history. That apperantly was not enough to keep Muckler. "I leave Ottawa with a great sense of satisfaction at what I've helped to accomplish here," Muckler said in a statement. "It is a first-class organization, and I'll very much miss being part of it."
For the draft this weekend, Murray will run the Sens' draft efforts. "Bryan shares our focus and drive on building a championship team in Ottawa," Melnyk said in a statement. "His combined 25 years of NHL experience as a coach and general manager was something we simply could not overlook as we build for the future."