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.”