Monday, June 18, 2007

Muckler fired, Murray promoted to GM

It is finished. From TSN:

The Ottawa Senators have fired general manager John Muckler and promoted head coach Bryan Murray to the position of general manager. Murray will remain as the Senators head coach on an interim basis until the team can fill the position.
I don't know where the differences in direction or opinion were in Ottawa with Muckler. I've heard it was over the Hasek saga, or perhaps it was the inability to land Gary Roberts. Maybe it's Muckler's age, even though he said he was having 'a great time'. Who knows at this time.
But I can say, from an outsider's point of view, is that this reeks. There had better be a good excuse for this change. It just boggles my brain that a GM gets turfed only weeks after his team that he assembled made it to the Cup Finals. Ah, but this happens over and over again to teams that lose in the Finals. It seems that management needs to change their team in order to get over the hump of losing in the final round. Then you know what happens? The team doesn't get back there again.
I don't think Ottawa really needs a massive change. But already big changes are happening.
There must be some form of excuse.

TSN video footage of the announcement.

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At June 18, 2007 at 1:40 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Leafs should hire this guy ASAP. Fire JFJ, whatever. I would much rather see a 73+ year old Muckler in charge than "greaseball" ferguson anyday.

Sure, I'd like to see if JFJ's "2 year plan" goes anywhere, but probably by the time comes for the inevitable firing Muckler will have either gotten snapped up or kicked off due to boredom..

At June 18, 2007 at 2:09 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I agree completely! Muckler knows how to assemble a good team, for the most part.

However, could you imagine if the Sens had Gary Roberts in the Finals????

At June 18, 2007 at 2:54 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Gary would have never stood for the slackitude in the finals. He would have given spezza a damn good thrashing to show them what's what! These young slacker punks today think they're so slick.. But hip check em into the boards and they wilt like daffodils!

At June 18, 2007 at 3:23 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

They sure do. Spezza and Heatley are terrible for that. Roberts would have kicked the shit out of them and smartened them up.


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