Sens owner backs GM, coach

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

Eugene Melnyk has thrown his support behind GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston.

The Senators owner, in town for two charity initiatives and to see Saturday's game against the Leafs, dismissed questions about the future of Murray and Clouston. Both are in the final year of their contracts, but Melnyk is "very, very optimistic" the Senators will be fine.

"Everybody says, 'How safe? Depending on what record?' " said Melnyk. "If we win the next three you're all not going to talk about that. The bottom line is: Cory is a hard-working guy. He's extremely focused and he knows what he needs to do. The same with Bryan. (He's) a very focused guy. I've never met somebody that is so intense when it comes to watching every single play.

'Frustrating'

"I can call him and say, 'What do you think about that?' and he'll tell you right away, 'Eugene, this is what happened.' So I'm happy with every part of the organization right now. It's just frustrating that we're losing these one-goal games. In the end, you know what, it will bounce our way as well."

Melnyk said contract extensions for Murray and Clouston haven't been discussed.

"I'm sure that's going to come up soon and we'll deal with that when we have the time," said Melnyk. "Right now, we've got to go out and win."


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