|Senators GM Bryan Murray will take his time before hiring a new coach. (QMI Agency/Tony Caldwell)
OTTAWA - All Bryan Murray wants is the right man for the job.
Speaking publicly for the first time since pulling the plug on coach Cory Clouston Saturday night at the MacDonald-Cartier Airport, the Senators GM told reporters he just wants to find the right replacement.
He’s not in any rush and will wait until after the first round of the playoffs to see who is available.
“A guy with ability to coach and get players to respond,” said Murray. “Give players a chance to play to the best of their ability, and in a couple of cases, overachieve.
“This has nothing to do with age. It has something to do with experience. You have to be able to handle a bench and do things in crisis. If you go with a 60-year-old vs. a 20-year-old I don’t know if it makes a lot of difference if they’re good people and if they can communicate."
Murray said there was no sense in waiting to deliver the news to Clouston along with assistants Brad Lauer and Greg Carvel.
“I felt when we got off the plane, they were all anxious, they all read the stories, and the fair way to do it was immediately. So that’s what I did.”
Clouston thanked the Senators for giving him the opportunity and said he’d already had a couple of calls of interest.
“I would have loved to have had an opportunity to move forward with this hockey club,” said Clouston, who added he didn’t have a problem with being fired at the airport after the club’s final game.
“Disappointment was probably the biggest emotion.”
The Senators are gathered at Scotiabank Place cleaning out their lockers.