GM wants shakeup

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Senators GM Bryan Murray is frustrated ... and not just with his underachieving team.

The day after an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers at Scotiabank Place, Murray was asked about virtually every aspect of the organization -- including his own job -- during a large scrum following a 60-minute skate.

"I'm not concerned about my job, I'm too old," said the 67-year-old Murray.

Murray told reporters he's not about to fire coach Craig Hartsburg. And he admitted he'd like to make a trade just to shake things up, but hasn't been able to find a willing dance partner with tomorrow's Christmas roster freeze fast approaching.

"We've made a couple of coaching changes here, we just want to see this group of players play," said Murray. "When you're losing, how can you be satisfied? You've got to get results as well.

"We talked and (the coaching staff) is very concerned. They do what's humanly possible right now to make the results better than they are.

"No, I'm not satisfied with anything -- the players, myself, the coaching staff ... we've got to win. I don't think (we're) world beaters every night, but I think (we're) good enough to be a contending hockey team. (Tuesday), we didn't play like that."

Murray has talked trade with several teams. While he'd like to acquire a puck-moving defenceman, Murray is shocked the Senators are the NHL's lowest-scoring team -- with 66 goals in 28 games.

TOUGH TO DEAL VERMETTE

The Senators would like to either get Vancouver defenceman Mattias Ohlund or Florida's Jay Bouwmeester, who will both be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. But assets like Antoine Vermette and Christoph Schubert won't get it done. They just don't have enough trade value.

"If you're suggesting there's an automatic trade, it's a lot easier said than done," said Murray. "I've pursued a number of GMs. There are players we could probably get because of their salary and there are teams that want to move them, but maybe they're not any better than what we have here.

"I've talked to some managers about more of a quality player type of deal. I'd like to do something to shake up the team, to at least give the players an impression that we're doing something to make it better for them. But, at the moment, it doesn't appear to be available."

Murray said players such as Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley, Mike Fisher and Vermette need to get their act together.

"We can point the fingers at anybody around them, but the bottom line is: Good players should be good players," said Murray. "Unless they're playing hurt or they've reached the stage in their career where they're on the decline. That's not the case here. There's nobody at that stage of their career at this point in time.

"That's why we made commitments to some people here, to get continued improvement and results from them. It's astounding that we don't score goals. That's not the coach. That's not the manager. That's the team. That's the player doing to the best of his ability what he can do."


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