It has been rumoured for the past couple weeks and today the Ottawa Senators made it official- Bryan Murray is sticking around as General Manager.
The deal includes two more years as GM and a new title as President of Hockey Operations. It will keep Murray in the organizations for the next four seasons. A well-earned extension for Mr. Murray.
At the age of 71, Bryan Clarence Murray has shown no signs of slowing down. He has done a terrific job with this team over the past few seasons and thanks to this contract, will now get a chance to put the finishing touches on the rebuild and ideally, contend for a Stanley Cup over the next couple of seasons.
It has been talked about at length around these parts but the only way that can happen is if Owner Eugene Melnyk gives Murray a little flexibility to spend. The last couple seasons have been frustrating at time for Murray so I would not be at all surprised if the issue of spending came up between Murray and Melnyk during contract negotiations.
As part of this morning’s announcement, the team has officially promoted Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to the role of assistant General Manager. There was a lot of hand wringing last week when Tim Murray up and left for a Division rival but not everybody in the organization was devastated the loss and a big reason for that is Dorion and Lee. Both guys have played a huge part in the team’s success in drafting and player development and at times, have taken on many of the responsibilities of an Assistant General Manager.
Safe to say the Ottawa Senators organization is in great hands with a combination of Bryan Murray, Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee calling the shots.