Sens hope to have coach by draft

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Bryan Murray's search for a new coach has begun.

The Senators GM told Sun Media yesterday that he has had one interview with a possible candidate for the job and he plans to continue the process over the next couple of weeks.

While Murray finished the season in a dual role as coach and GM, he has ruled out returning as the bench boss. Though Murray has a long list of possibilities -- including Bob Hartley, Pat Burns, Craig Hartsburg and Joel Quenneville -- he plans on keeping his interview list short.

"I've had one interview and I hope to have another later this week," said Murray. "I don't know that I am going to interview more than four or five guys total."

Murray said he doesn't want to start interviewing a whole host of candidates because that would be a waste of time.

"What happens when you start asking a lot of questions about an individual is that you hear the good, but you also hear something that they haven't done," said Murray. "I'm just trying to get a background check and what kind of person we are dealing with. I'm trying to find about guys' characteristics. We can look up records and evaluate coaching."

Ideally, Murray would like to have a coach in place by the time the NHL draft is held in Ottawa on June 20-21.

"I will do that if I can," said Murray. "That's not the cutoff point by any means. If I can do it by then and feel comfortable with my selection, I will do that."

On the ice, Murray is also preparing for changes.

Murray said he was mystified by comments from defenceman Wade Redden's agent that there haven't been any discussions between the two sides about a new contract.

Murray said he met with Don Meehan near the end of the season in Toronto and the sides disagreed on Redden's value.

"I told him what I could do and (Meehan) didn't think that would work," said Murray. "He said, 'fine' and we'll talk again before (July 1). That was it. There was a proposal or suggested number and they were more than happy to turn me down and wait."

Murray said a change might do Redden good.

"I don't know that for a fact," said Murray. "If we could afford him and put him in a slot here where there might be less pressure, it might help his game a great deal, (but) they are going to test the market."


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