Report: Bryan Murray close to signing 'wide-ranging long-term extension' with Senators

Jan 10, 6:47 PM

With the departure of assistant general manager Tim Murray who joined the Buffalo Sabres as their new general manager, the Ottawa Senators are looking to lock up Bryan Murray.

The current general manager of the Ottawa Senators has served in his position since June of 2007. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the deal is of the long-term, wide-ranging variety keeping him as general manager for another two years. The contract will also bind him to the organization in a 'significant role' after the GM contract expires.

A league source confirms the contract is written up and done. The only thing left to do is have Murray sign on the dotted line. The Senators are also expected to announce Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee as assistant general managers.

Jan 13, 11:46 AM

Bryan Murray after extension: Senators open to deals, looking to win soon

Jan 13, 11:46 AM

The Ottawa Senators hosted a conference call to announce the contract extension for general manager Bryan Murray, where it was clearly reiterated that the team is looking to win a Stanley Cup prior to his exit from the position.

As such, Murray is open and willing to making some trades prior to the March 5 deadline, and called upon his hockey insider of choice to spread the word.

Murray further revealed the team is looking to add an impact forward.

Owner Eugene Melnyk also pointed to Murray's track record in drafting and developing players within the organization.

Murray added Lazar is not an option in terms of trades at present.

Expectations were relatively high for the Senators heading into this season; as of Jan. 13, they sat two points back of fourth place in the Atlantic Division and the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jan 13, 10:47 AM

Senators extend contract of Bryan Murray, promote two to assistant GM

Jan 13, 10:47 AM

The Ottawa Senators have announced a contract extension for general manager Bryan Murray through to July of 2016; Murray has also been named President of Hockey Operations.

Murray will continue to act as the team’s GM for the next two seasons, and will then serve in an advisory capacity for the following two seasons.

Both Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee have been assigned the position of Assistant General Manager.

From owner Eugene Melnyk:

I am very pleased to have Bryan remain here in Ottawa for the next four years. Without question, Bryan stands among the best general managers in the National Hockey League. Our drafting success and the emergence of so many young, dynamic players within our organization is a testament to Bryan’s leadership and wealth of hockey knowledge.

In addition, Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee have made significant contributions to our club’s many achievements in scouting, drafting and player development. Bryan and I believe both Pierre and Randy have more than earned the opportunity to take on more senior roles in hockey operations. I want to congratulate Pierre and Randy on their expanded mandates serving together as our team’s assistant general managers.

Murray began his tenure with the team as head coach back in 2004, rising up to the general manager position in 2007 after leading the team to its first Stanley Cup appearance in the modern era.

Here's what he had to say about the contract extension:

It’s exciting that Eugene has made this commitment to me and also for me to make this commitment to be part of the organization for four more years. This team has come a long way and we have seen real growth over these past three seasons. I know that with the pool of talent we have assembled both on and off the ice and our desire to improve at every level, that we are on the right path to develop this team into a group talented enough to compete for championships.

Mr. Melnyk has made it very clear that he wants to be a champion, and that’s what we both want for the city of Ottawa. It is an exciting time for us as we see this team grow, and being part of that growth is a big reason for both of us to make this commitment.