Sens’ GM Bryan Murray signs contract extension

Some Ottawa Senators’ fans might have been surprised to learn that GM, Bryan Murray, has  recently signed a three year extention granted by team owner Eugene Melnyk.  A few months ago, when it became evident that Senators were going to miss postseason for the second time in three years, fans and media alike belived that both Murray and coach Cory Clouston wouldn’t be back next year. Murray, who will see his team finish off the season on Saturday against the Boston Bruins, has apparently a close relationship with Melnyk and been talking for quite some time about the future. “We’re looking forward to implementing his vision for the team, which is to bring it back to elite status,” Melnyk said. “I think we’re getting there. We’ve talked about it for a long time, this in not something that was done on the fly.” Besides  GM, Murray has also coached the Senators. His Ottawa highlight came in 2007 when,  behind the bench, he led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to the Anaheim Ducks. Realizing they needed to rebuild, Murray was active around the trade deadline, as he traded forwards, Mike Fisher, Alex Kovalev, Jarkko Ruutu,  and Chris Kelly, for a pile of draft picks. In a move that looks to have really paid off, Murray traded goalie Brian Elliott to the Colorado Avalanche, for fellow goalie, Craig Anderson, who has played well.  Meanwhile, according to management, no decisions will be made on Clouston until after the season.

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