Just a couple of days after losing one Murray in their front office, the Ottawa Senators made sure they were keeping the other.
General Manager Bryan Murray signed a two-year contract extension with the Senators on Monday. The deal keeps Murray under contract in Ottawa through the 2016 season. It's not as though there was much danger that Bryan was going to leave the organization after his nephew left as his assistant to take over in Buffalo, it's just that his contract was up after this season.
Really, there's no reason why the Senators wouldn't want him to stick around either. This season started slow but the Sens are back in contention, looking for a third straight playoff berth on a budget that is very tight and stringent.
"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," Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk said. "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."
"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," Murray said. "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."
Murray has been the Senators' GM since 2007 and he did a lot of work to get the Senators to the point now of being competitive, coming into the season with very high hopes after the addition of Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.
In addition to re-signing Murray the Senators also filled the hole left by Tim Murray's departure, promoting Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to Assistant GM roles.