Cup in sight for GM Murray
ST. PAUL, MINN.
ST. PAUL, Minn. Eugene Melnyk already has a retirement gift in mind for his general manager.
No, it not a gold watch, or a golf cart or a boat on which he can cruise up and down the St. Lawrence River. The Senators owner wants Bryan Murray to leave the game with a Stanley Cup ring.
In formally announcing a contract extension that will see the 71 year old Murray stay on as GM for two more seasons and serve in an advisory capacity for two more after that, Melnyk said that if the Senators stay on the same trajectory they been on ultimately going to lead to a championship type team. clarified the timetable.
think obviously the objective is to do it while I here as a GM, he said. core is a very good core, it young, we know that inexperience sometimes plays into it. But just watching the progress in the last month and a little bit, I think the objective now is certainly more than it was a month before that where we have some people fitting in.
no guarantees in this business, we all know that, he added. have to get into the playoffs, and when you get in, you have to play well at that time.
the reason I on board and I know the reason Eugene has me on board is to try to get something done in a short time. expected, the Senators also announced that director of player personnel Pierre Dorion and director of player development and hockey administration Randy Lee will have their roles expanded and become assistant GMs, filling the void left whenwhen china cheap Mavericks jerseys
Tim Murray signed on as the Buffalo Sabres GM last week.
Lee will also become the GM of the AHL Binghamton Senators.
Overzealous are those who think the Senators can compete for hockey Holy Grail this season. After a 55 cheap Mavericks authentic jerseys
0 1 run into their last half dozen games, they still entered Monday two points from the last wild card spot.
At the same time, the Eastern Conference is decidedly weaker than the West. Is it inconceivable to think that any of the Top 8 finalists in the East can advance to the final? No.
For the record, Melnyk continues to insist he will break from the tight budget and give Murray the money he needs, if there is a player he needs, to take a shot.
think there are some additions Bryan has put forth, and the scouting group is getting together very shortly to look at what we might be able to do towards the trade deadline this year, and of course all the drafting at the end of June, said Melnyk, who called Murray one of the best GMs in the NHL. think we turned things around. I think people are starting to click together. I couldn be happier with the recent performance. If this just continues on, you just never know what could happen once the playoffs start, as we all know, anything goes.
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our fingers and hope for the best. the last seven years that have made him the longest serving GM in franchise history, Murray has made considerably more good moves than bad. Hiring Paul MacLean as coach was a homerun, even if it did come after three strikeouts in John Paddock, Craig Hartsburg and Cory Clouston.
Prying Milan Michalek from San Jose when Dany Heatley limited his trading options didn crack our top three (see chart) but it was a stroke of genius by Murray, despite the fact he did have toto cheap Mavericks authentic jerseys
take on Jonathan Cheechoo contact. Michalek became a 35 goal scorer for Ottawa.
But Murray true strength has been the assembling of his management team led by his nephew Tim, Dorion, Lee and scouts that have produced fine draft picks that are either with the big team now or are being developed in Binghamton.
drafted really well, captain Jason Spezza said the other day. been a team that has always seemed to have young guys coming up that are contributing. That what probably allowed us over a long period of time to stay competitive, because if you go through a spell where you don draft well, it hard to just to find players.
think we done a great job of that. Bryan obviously a believer of that. it is from that collection that the Senators say they are willing to trade for the necessary parts to become a contender.
Murray says the emergence of 20 year old Cody Ceci has erased the need for a mobile defenceman. His priority now is a forward who will help the team either with scoring or the physical game.
not going to give up a lot of young pieces, he said. not moving (2013 first rounder) Curtis Lazar, I can tell you at this point. But we do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here, that we would talk to teams about a more veteran type player.
very definitely one of the priorities here for us has been to draft, stock and develop our players to make sure this organization is good for a lot of years.
think that a position we getting ourselves in. We would make the right common sense trade if there was something there, without robbing what would be our future. Craig Anderson: On Feb, 18, 2011, Murray sent struggling goalie Brian Elliott to the Colorado Avalanche for Craig Anderson, who was available at the discount price only because he was five months from being eligible to test the free agent market. Anderson played well upon arrival and liked the city, and Murray was able to talk him into signing an extension. While stabilizing a position of trouble for the Senators, Anderson has had runs where he has been among the best puck stoppers in the NHL.
2. Kyle Turris: The thirdthird Mavericks jerseys china
overall pick in the 2007 entry draft, Turris was made available by the Phoenix Coyotes and Murray jumped at the chance to grab him. He dealt defenceman David Rundblad, who has dressed for only 27 games for the Coyotes in three seasons, and a second round pick. Turris has been the Senators best centre the past two seasons.
3. Clarke MacArthur: This has to rank among Murray shrewdest moves if only because landing MacArthur didn cost the Senators anything but money and not all that much ($6.5 million for two years) considering what the veteran winger has brought to the team since signing as a free agent last July. Coach Paul MacLean said that through the first 45 games, MacArthur was the Senators consistent player. He also their second leading goal scorer.
THE WORST OF MURRAY
1. Daniel Alfredsson: All parties can share blame for the departure of the team captain and best ever player, but Murray could have ensured his happiness with an offer Alfredsson would have had to accept. It matters not that MacArthur has been a more than capable replacement on the second line Alfredsson should have been a Senator for life.
2. Ben Bishop: Murray had good reason for trading Bishop when he did he wanted to keep Robin Lehner in the NHL full time and he would have lost Big Ben for nothing to free agency in the summer. Also, Tampa was one of only two teams interested in obtaining Bishop at the time the deal had to be made. While Cory Conacher has shown flashes of being a decent return, the trade looks worse and worse as Bishop continues to star for the Lightning. Currently, he leads the league with a .935 save percentage and has a 22 5 3 record.
3 Alex Kovalev: It was a knee jerk reaction to the loss of goal scorer Dany Heatley and there might have been some nudging involved from team owner Eugene Melnyk but the enigmatic Russian repaid the Senators $10 million with just 32 goals over two seasons before they dumped him off to Pittsburgh for a seventh round pick.