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Report: Sens’ Murray to retire after next season

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According to the CBC, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray plans to retire after next season.

Murray, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, is currently in the middle of preparing for next month’s NHL Draft.

“I’m not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness,” said Murray.

The 72-year-old has one more year remaining on his contract. He expects to shift to an advisor role following the 2015-16 season.

“[I like the idea] of sharing some knowledge to the young people that will eventually take over here and help as much as I can rebuild this hockey team to a contending hockey team,” Murray said.

Murray will be responsible for finding his replacement.

“All Eugene (Melnyk) said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over’,” said Murray said in January.

Murray has been the club’s general manager since June 2007.

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Sens have discussed front office options for Alfredsson

On Thursday the Ottawa Senators gave Daniel Alfredsson a key to the city.

Does the key open the door to a front office job for Alfredsson?

“He wanted a year or so away and I think that’s important for him, but it’s certainly something Eugene [Melnyk] and I have discussed if [Alfredsson] wants to do it,” GM Bryan Murray told the Ottawa Sun.

Ideally, the 42-year-old would take a position similar to Steve Yzerman in Detroit. Yzerman was the Red Wings vice president and alternate governor prior to joining the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Maybe that would be the way to start if you go that route,” said Alfredsson. “I’m not naive enough to think I can step into those positions full-time right away. Can I help out in those areas? Of course I can with my experience.

“I think that would be the way to go for both parties. Going forward, that might be better what I’m suited for. If I go that route, that’s probably the way to go.”

According to the Sun, Alfredsson plans on making a decision on his future in the game this summer. For the time being he’s enjoying coaching his sons’ hockey team in Detroit.

“If I’m going to do something in a full-time job I want to do it 100 percent,” he said. “I don’t know if right now is the right time with the stage the kids are at. That’s the way I feel.”

Sens’ GM Bryan Murray will make a decision on his future after this season


Bryan Murray plans to make a decision on his future in the business following this season.

The Senators general manager is battling Stage 4 colon cancer and going for regular chemotherapy treatments while maintaining his position in Ottawa’s front office.

“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray told the Ottawa Citizen. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.’

“I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up.”

Murray took over as Senators head coach in 2004 leading the club to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2007.

“What am I going to do?” Murray said. “Play through the year. Wait and see. I have to have a talk with Eugene. He has something to say here, too.

“Maybe it’s time to move on. That’s OK, too.”

When the 72-year-old does step aside, he’ll appoint a successor.

“All Eugene (Melnyk) said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over’,” said Murray.

Once he hands over his GM duties, Murray would like to remain a part of the organization in an advisor role.

“I’m very interested in what happens here, I’m real proud of this group and the people we have,” Murray said. “I wish we were higher up (in the standings) but I see a young team that’s going to be pretty good. So I have real interest in doing the right thing for them.”

Sens, Habs and Leafs pay tribute to fallen soldier


The Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to the fallen soldier from Wednesday morning’s shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa prior to puck drop tonight.

Saturday marks the Senators’ first game since Wednesday’s tragedy, which also forced the postponement of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs that night.

Together the three Canadian teams hosting 7 p.m. eastern time starts, will have a ceremony to honor soldiers Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent, who lost their lives this week.

The Senators face the New Jersey Devils at home while the Boston Bruins are in Toronto and the Canadiens host the New York Rangers in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference final.

The anthem is expected done from Ottawa and piped through to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Additionally, the teams will hold a moment of silence for Cirillo and Vincent, who was killed in a hit and run in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

“As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two of our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk told the Ottawa Sun. “But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family.

“We are pleased to join forces with the Canadiens and Leafs in co-ordinating a unique and special tribute (in) honour and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military.”

On Wednesday night prior to puck drop between the Penguins and Flyers at the Consol Energy Center, the Canadian anthem was sung to honor the fallen Canadian soldier.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, who spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins, said the gesture shows the closeness of the hockey world.

“That’s the hockey world, its’ one big family and when things like that do take place it shows the unity that the league does possess and it’s a great tribute on behalf of the Pittsburgh hockey club and their fans,” he said.

On Saturday night, despite being enemies once the puck drops, the Leafs, Canadiens and Senators will once again show that unity as they come together to pay tribute to the fallen Canadian soldiers.

Alfredsson to play first game in Ottawa as an opponent


It’s the day many Ottawa Senators fans circled before the start of the season. The Detroit Red Wings are paying their first visit to Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata and with them comes former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson.

In case you went into hiding this summer, Alfredsson turned down the Senators to sign with the Red Wings after playing 17 seasons in Ottawa.

He and the team, in particular owner Eugene Melnyk, disagreed publicly about how negotiations went down between the two sides and Alfie ultimately leveled the heaviest verbal slap saying he signed with Detroit because they had a better chance to win the Stanley Cup.

Alfredsson comes into today’s game on a bit of a hot streak. He has three goals and three assists in his last four games including two goals and an assist against the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings have won four of their last five and the Senators have lost five of their last seven and sit in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, nine points behind the second place logjam with Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Detroit.

The Senators have said they’ll pay tribute to Alfredsson during this afternoon’s game (5:30 p.m. ET puck drop). Will he be received warmly as the long-time captain who helped bring the team out of the darkness of the early 90s or as a deserter who fled for more money?