Murray the GM staying put

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

Bryan Murray is staying with the Senators, at least as GM.

Murray said he's got the green light from owner Eugene Melnyk to try to improve the team this summer.

Speaking before Game 4 last night, Murray also revealed he was "reluctant" to fire coach John Paddock in February and go behind the bench himself.

"No (I'm not worried about my job). Everybody around here knew I was reluctant to do what had to be done (firing Paddock)," said Murray.

"I probably could have brought in a different guy (to coach). It was so late in the year. Seldom is there a chance to make a radical change with 17 or 18 games left.

"We've discussed where we're going with this organization. I wouldn't be the GM if I didn't think there was assurances going forward that we have the chance to add to this organization depth-wise and skill-wise."

HOLES TO FILL

Murray feels good about the Senators' talent, but knows he has holes to fill. Pending unrestricted free agents Wade Redden, Cory Stillman, Mike Commodore and Chris Kelly will likely be left to walk away.

"You have to have a combination of a lot of things," said Murray. "You have to have talent and you have to have skill guys. You get frustrated with them when you don't score.

"I look at Joe Thornton and he's getting beaten up, beaten up and until he scored the winning goal (for the Sharks vs. Calgary with less than 10 seconds left in Game 4 Tuesday to tie their series) on a tip, he was no good and (people said) they had to get rid of him in San Jose.

"You need skill players. You need chemistry guys. You need the Chris Neils and a Cody Bass. You need a strong defenceman and you need a skill defenceman. Every team is built that way."


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