It wasn't exactly a vote of confidence from the owner, now was it? Then again, given what those messages usually mean for managers and coaches, Ottawa's Bryan Murray and Craig Hartsburg might be breathing a little easier.
Chances are the statement about their job security issued less than an hour ago by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was more of a stay of execution. Reports have been flying around Canada's capital all day that Melnyk wants Pat Quinn to coach and Bob Nicholson to be the GM, which compelled the owner to release a statement saying he has "made no decisions with respect to any personnel changes within the Senators organization."
In the meantime, the Senators have gone 1-5-1 so far on the road trip and have all but blown any chance of making the playoffs. This is a team that is only 18 months removed from a Stanley Cup Finals appearance and that was thought by some to be a legitimate contender this season.
Instead, the Senators, who had the league's best offense last season, are among the lowest scoring teams now and bringing up the rear in their division. They have a better shot at the lottery draft pick than the title, which says more about their job security than anything the boss might say in public.