Jackets look at Murray

Sens coach Bryan Murray is attracting interest from Columbus to become the Blue Jackets GM. (Sun...

Sens coach Bryan Murray is attracting interest from Columbus to become the Blue Jackets GM. (Sun File/Errol McGihon)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

The Senators might not be the only option for coach Bryan Murray.

Two league sources told the Sun yesterday they believe the Columbus Blue Jackets may seek permission to speak with Murray about the club's vacant GM's job.

It's doubtful the Senators would give permission.

President Roy Mlakar and GM John Muckler have made it clear they'd like to have Murray, 64, back as the team's coach next season.

If Murray, a well-respected former GM of the Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks, is in the picture in Columbus, it could put pressure on Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to make a move quickly. Murray would be free to leave on July 1.

"If the Senators don't sign Bryan Murray, then he's going to have options if he doesn't mind leaving the city," said an NHL executive yesterday.

The Jackets were poised to hire Anaheim assistant GM Bob Murray last week, but sources say he pulled out of the running when he realized he wasn't going to have full say with coach Ken Hitchcock already under contract.

ALL-DAY MEETING

Columbus owner John H. McConnell met all day Friday with Edmonton Oilers assistant GM Scott Howson. The club also has permission to speak with Dallas assistant GM Les Jackson.

Former Calgary coach Dave King, interim GM Jim Clark and top scout Don Boyd are also being considered.

While the players cleaned out their lockers Saturday, Murray said he didn't have any designs to be a GM.

"I'm not interested in both jobs," said Murray. "My discussions with John were very straightforward: He just asked, 'Do you want to come back as the coach?' And, I just said, 'I believe so, there's no reason why I don't want to be.' "

It doesn't mean if Muckler retires, there couldn't be a plan in place to have Murray take over that role.


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