Sens lose director of hockey ops

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The Senators weren’t going to stand in Brent Flahr’s way.

GM Bryan Murray didn’t want to lose the club’s director of hockey operations, but when the 35-year-old Flahr was given the chance to become assistant GM of the Wild under the newly-appointed Chuck Fletcher, the Senators weren’t going to halt the move.

Murray said he has been talking with candidates to fill Flahr’s role and hopes to soon name a replacement. Sources say Lightning assistant GM Claude Loiselle, who was born in Ottawa, is a top candidate.

“We’re disappointed to lose Brent, but we recognize it’s a good opportunity for him to move up in the hockey world,” Murray said.

“Part of our job is to help young people develop and get opportunities to become management-type people in the NHL. Based on that, we’re pleased for (Flahr) and wish him all the best.”

Flahr, a former captain of the Princeton hockey team who has spent the last two seasons with the Senators, worked alongside Fletcher with the Panthers. Flahr’s new job will be scouting the club’s young prospects and assisting Fletcher signing players.

“The job itself is a big step up. It’s a great opportunity. It was gut-wrenching to tell Bryan and (assistant GM) Tim (Murray) because I wouldn’t have this opportunity without them,” said Flahr. “It was a hard decision. It’s been good here.”


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