The Senators have sent out a media invite to a press conference with owner Eugene Melnyk tomorrow morning “to address Senators-related hockey issues only. He will be joined by the club’s general manager, Bryan Murray, to review the 2008-09 National Hockey League season and to discuss the outlook for 2009-10.”
So that answers one question right there for any of you who were wondering if Murray was going to get the gas for overseeing the club’s first playoff miss since making the post season for the first time in 1997 and burning through four coaches in two years. ~ Chris Stevenson, OTP
Sweet. Murray’s return is good for two reasons:
1) It allows his staff to focus on the draft and personnel without worrying about job security.
2) It means Melnyk’s free to hug Pat Quinn without the media wondering if there are any strings attached.
While the narrow minded may lay the onus of blame at Murray’s doorstep for the Senators missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons, I think it’s fair that he’s given at least one more year to turn around a franchise that finally had to face the consequences of years of John Muckler mismanagement. That’s not to say that Bryan Murray hasn’t made mistakes (every GM has), I just feel that he’s done more good than bad and deserves a little more time to put his stamp on this team — Which hopefully doesn’t include Brendan Bell as a 5th defenseman.