So before the Senators boarded their plane to Chicago this afternoon, Bryan Murray had some answering to do. It has been a week filled with wild rumors and accusations, and BM was to set the record straight and add some clarity for everyone. But knowing the Ottawa media, you just knew they'd lob softballs at him and wouldn't press him for real answers. True to form, this was what Murray had to say today, as you can imagine, nothing was resolved, as per usual.
-Murray denied the Steve Simmons report that he had tried to fire Clouston around a month ago, until Melnyk nixed that. Then again, what is he supposed to say while Triple C is still behind the bench, plus it would make him and the organization look foolish if he admitted it was true.
-When asked if CCC would still be the coach at the end of the year Murray had the most telling answer: He said he couldn't say yes because he truly didn't know.
-With regards to our goalie situation, it's rumored Murray is trying to land us a true No 1, but if the weekend games go poorly aginst the Blackhawks and Lightning, he said we could be seeing Robin Lehner playing for the big club.
-Phillips said he had a good meeting with Murray, but if things don't go well in the next 4 weeks, expect the Big Rig to be asked to waive is NTC. My view is unless he is willing to sign for cheap and less years, Phillips is playing his last season in Ottawa. He is -15 after all.
-Speaking of people being asked to waive a NTC, I'm hearing the Sens may also ask Mike Fisher to do so if things don't improve. I for one would love this, as I'm not a fan of his cap hit or inconsistency. Also, though not his fault, the lack of criticism he recieves is mind boggling. He's also on pace for his lowest point total since his rookie season.
-Pretty much every NHL source has stated that Murray has been trying to make a trade desperately, but that no one will deal with him, and that the only truly safe person on the team is Erik Karlsson. Apparently everyone else is available for the right price, which I suppose would include Alfie. Interesting.
So that's it from the big press scrum today. Not much was accomplished, but I didn't have big expectations going in. To make the playoffs we'd pretty much need to go something like 25-17 the rest of the way, which is not happening. So expect the rest of the year to be a circus, as has become customary in Ottawa the past few years.
Let's just hope we make the necessary moves at the deadline that don't set this franchise back even more.