tim1_2 wrote:Brian Murray isn't going anywhere unless he decides to. Could you imagine the bad PR for Melnyk if he fired him at this point? Murray will likely step down as GM this summer and stay on as an advisor. Then Dorion takes over and we'll see what happens. I think we go into. Ext season with close to the status quo.
Dude? Really? Alfie? He's got absolutely zero experience in that departement, probably doesn't know any extensive network of scouts and personnel. No no no... Alfie will take years to train into that type of position. You are flirting with utter disaster if you do that.wprager wrote:SpezDispensed wrote:Flo The Action wrote:and by new GM you mean Dorion? Melnyk has been pretty straight forward when he mentioned that BM had his succession plan already made up.SpezDispensed wrote:I could see everyone getting fired if/when a new gm come in. It's time for new blood to come in and identify the core and get this team to the next step
Maybe. There's no saying doRion would be the same style as Murray. Look at Tim making big moves in Buffalo
Tim's moves are yet to show dividends. But I think your point may have been that a member of Murray's management team, when given free rein, may go in a very different direction.
Thing is, Pegula had deep pockets and the Sabres sucked long enough to have gotten some nice picks. Ottawa is not in the same situation at all.
Maybe roll the dice with building around Alfie? Fire everyone, make Alfie President of Hockey Operations or some-such, let him hire his own scouting staff, GM, coach. I honestly don't see how it could be worse that the mess we're in now. 5 coaches (six counting Murray), one playoff win, four missed playoffs since the Cup Run.
You think? I think murrays absolutely thinks we'd be fine without all those injuries. Especially they leadership of Clarke mac. You look at what happened last year. And I'd say he thinks we aren't far from being that team.wprager wrote:tim1_2 wrote:Brian Murray isn't going anywhere unless he decides to. Could you imagine the bad PR for Melnyk if he fired him at this point? Murray will likely step down as GM this summer and stay on as an advisor. Then Dorion takes over and we'll see what happens. I think we go into. Ext season with close to the status quo.
I think Murray realizes it's not working. He's been in hockey long enough to realize that, even if Phaneuf is here from day one, and Turris remains healthy and CMac plays a full(ish) season in the top six, that there is something else very wrong going on. Is it special teams coaching? Is it the head coach? Is it a rotten core?
If I were being extremely optimistic I'd be inclined to say that Phaneuf will bring in a breath of fresh air and professionalism to the room. From what I've heard he is a very vocal leader and very much a stickler for details like not dogging it, whether you are practicing or doing off-ice training or whatever. I think the Sens had *zero* players like that. Some were quite vocal but not exactly a role model (Spezza) and some were great role models but not vocal at all (Alfie and about a dozen others). Maybe zero was an overstatement -- Neil strikes me like that kind of player, too, but just not sure how much weight his word carries from the 4th line. I think it's time to put an 'A' on Phaneuf full-time and promote him to the top pairing. Maybe he'll be able to rein Karlsson in a bit from doing too much (which is almost always wrong), as well as provide a steadier presence there on the top pairing, and reducing Methot's exposure at the same time. Methot was a 6th round pick, I believe, and was not thought of anything much more than a 2nd pairing guy on a so-so team; perhaps he is out of his depth -- a beat up Dodge Duster rolling with a Lamborghini.
Who knows, maybe that would be enough, or at least it will get the ball rolling in the right direction.
But I honestly don't think very much will happen until they replace the coaching staff with some experience.
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