RALEIGH, N.C. — It’s business as usual for Bryan Murray.
There has been speculation about the future of the Senators GM — whose contract expires July 1 — but he’s been given the green light to set the course for the future as the clock ticks down on the season.
Murray said he gave owner Eugene Melnyk a blueprint to get this club back to being a contender. Signing goalie Craig Anderson to a four-year extension is just part of the plan.
Murray, who has helped set the course for the club’s future with his moves to start the rebuild in the past two months, isn’t worried about his own future.
“(Monday) is only about the goaltender,” said Murray. “I think what I had is the opportunity to make some changes because of the results we were having, which weren’t very good.
“That’s been clearly pointed out and rightly so. All I’ve tried to do here is make sure that this organization is put in a position where it’s much more competitive going forward. Mr. Melnyk is a big part of this and we spend a lot of time talking about the plan.”
Murray has been one of the NHL’s most active GMs, but never more so than this year. The Senators will have five picks in the first two rounds of the June draft, including a first-round selection they picked up from Nashville in the deal for Mike Fisher.
There is no question the Senators are going to get a strong player in the draft. Despite their better play of late, they are 28th in the standings, giving them a shot at winning the draft lottery and getting the top pick.
“The idea (is) re-establishing this team as a perennial competitive team,” said Murray. “We made the decision that goaltending was a real priority and we wanted to make sure going forward we’ve got security in goal.
“Now, we’ve got a core of defencemen that look like they are more than capable. If we have to put another piece in place, it might be easier for me to go to other (players) or whomever is in this position.”
Murray said this isn’t the time for a decision on his own future.
“I can only talk about going forward until whenever, but that will be addressed at the right time, I think.”
Asked if he’d run the draft, Murray said: “I really can’t tell you much in that area.
I do have a contract that runs until June 30th. The draft is before that. We’ll see what happens. That’s for another day.”