Ottawa Citizen

What about Bryan?

Coaching staff waits for Sens to decide fate

- BY ALLEN PANZERI

Bryan Murray, the hometown coaching hero from Shawville, wants to stay.

John Muckler, the general manager, wants him to stay.

Now they just have to work out the details. If they can. It might be easier said than done. The refusal by Muckler, team president Roy Mlakar, and even owner Eugene Melnyk to discuss Murray’s future until the end of the season has put the Ottawa Senators into an awkward corner.

They should be capitalizi­ng on an exciting run to the Stanley Cup final to grease season-ticket sales.

Instead, fans are wondering whether the coach that got the team to the final is going to be back next season. It’s not the type of message to be sending after such a successful season.

It’s also a shabby way to treat the coaching staff.

While Murray, 64, has often said this will be the last stop of his NHL career, after which he intends to retire, assistants John Paddock and Greg Carvel have many years left in their careers.

As Senators players cleared out lockers and left for summer vacation yesterday, the two assistants had no idea where they’d be next season. If one of the various scenarios in play doesn’t work out, it could be too late for them to find jobs.

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 ?? JULIE OLIVER, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ?? Carrying some of his personal belongings along with a team jersey, Senators defenceman Wade Redden shakes the hand of longtime security guard Bill Brooks before leaving Scotiabank Place.
JULIE OLIVER, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Carrying some of his personal belongings along with a team jersey, Senators defenceman Wade Redden shakes the hand of longtime security guard Bill Brooks before leaving Scotiabank Place.

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