Murray still GM? Melnyk won't say
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
The future of Senators GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston is uncertain.
Speaking with CTV Ottawa’s sports director Terry Marcotte before Thursday’s final home game against the Montreal Canadiens, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he’ll sit down with Bryan Murray on Friday to discuss the GM’s future with the team.
Then, after praising the work Murray has done, Melnyk said coach Cory Clouston’s future “would really involve the next GM, whoever that may be and that’s a hockey (operations) decision. I’m going to keep it that way.”
Asked if Murray has done enough to save his job, Melnyk scrambled for words. He certainly didn’t give Murray, 68, whose contract expires on July 1, a vote of confidence, but did praise his loyalty.
“That’s kind of a loaded question,” said Melnyk. “I’ll tell you what, I’m meeting with Bryan (Friday) for the first time. We’re kind of looking at the post-season. We always said we would talk to see where we go from here.
“He’s a quality man, he’s got integrity, loyalty to the organization. Look, we get along. It’s only a question of seeing if he is the right man for the position over the next several years and whether we can come together and walk down the aisle together.”
So, will the Senators be in the playoffs next year?
“Let us pray,” said Melnyk with a smile.