Murray fires back at almighty Quinn

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Bryan Murray isn't going to take any of Pat Quinn's crap.

The Senators coach said yesterday he's "disappointed" the Toronto Maple Leafs coach accused winger Vaclav Varada of making a dirty hit during a first-period collision with defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo Monday.

"Coliaccovo was running at Varada," said Murray in an interview on the Team 1200 yesterday. "It looked like he was going to hit him. He didn't have the puck.

"The next player back was (Chris) Kelly. Varada and him just bumped heads. I didn't know (Quinn) had made that comment until I heard it (yesterday) and I was disappointed as well."

Murray implied Quinn has been allowed to get away with too much in the past with no fight from the Senators. Quinn has often accused Ottawa of being a dirty team.

"I know coaches tend to stick up for their teams on a regular basis, but for him to imply anything other than an accident is wrong on Pat's part," said Murray. "Maybe that's one of the things that has happened here in the past.

"Things are brought up like high sticks that supposedly happened a few years back and some other things that Pat uses to fuel the team and the emotions.

'HE GETS AWAY WITH IT'

"And he gets away with it. We've indicated whatever happens now nobody is getting away with anything with this hockey team if we can help it."

Murray said he doesn't believe he's ever seen a call reversed like the delay of game that was taken back on Wade Redden in the third vs. the Leafs.

"I think it was a misjudgment more on the linesman's part than the referee," said Murray. "They thought the puck cleared the glass behind the bench, but it was between the benches. They didn't understand where the puck was."

SO LONG MARIO: A dazzling NHL career came to an end yesterday Pittsburgh Penguins' great Mario Lemieux decided to hang up his skates for a second time -- this one for good -- and focus on trying to keep his team alive in Steeltown. This decision shouldn't come as a surprise because Lemieux was not only troubled by a heart problem, he's like many aging superstars -- Brett Hull and Ed Belfour included -- who wasn't able to return to the level he played at before the lockout. "This game is for the young guys," said Lemieux, who was a little teary-eyed during a news conference yesterday in Pittsburgh. But you can't help but think that Lemieux' departure not only signalled the end of an era in Pittsburgh, it might be the first step out the door for the Penguins franchise with no new rink.It was exciting to think Sidney Crosby and Lemieux were going to get a chance to play together. The team assembled by GM Craig Patrick stinks, Michel Therrien hasn't been a good fit behind the bench (he's worse than Ed Olczyk) and Pittsburgh has imploded. So, where's the next stop? Well, Houston, Hartford, Winnipeg and Kansas City are all going to make a pitch for the Penguins. It's too bad Winnipeg didn't build a big enough arena, which means Pittsburgh will likely land somewhere in the United States.

HEADING WEST?:There's talk Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson will be leaving his post following the Olympics to take on the top job with the Vancouver Canucks. Sources told the Sun that Nicholson, who was passed up for the job as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs when the club elected to hire John Ferguson Jr., would be a nice fit with the Canucks and is the leading contender. He's a British Columbia native and has brought success to the country in his role with Hockey Canada. The president's role has been vacant since the club fired Brian Burke following the 2003-04 season.


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