Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pierre Dorion Takes over as Senators' GM after Murray Steps Down

Let the off-season shuffling begin in Ottawa. Bryan Murray, the team's head coach for three years before becoming its General Manager for the last nine, has stepped down as GM with his assistant Pierre Dorion moving in to replace him. The Senators reached the Stanley Cup final in 2007, Murray's last year as coach, but have not been back since. They missed the playoffs in four of the nine seasons with Murray at the helm, including two of the last three.

Dorion, an Ottawa native, becomes the 8th GM in franchise history.

Murray, 73, is battling stage 4 colon cancer, and says he wants more time to be with his family. He will remain on board with the team as an advisor to Dorion.

Dorion became Murray's assistant in January of 2014. “There’s an evaluation process,” said Dorion, of his team and staff that struggled to a sub-par 38-35-9 record. “Sometimes we’re quick to judge. There will be changes but we have to do the proper changes and we have to take our time doing it and make sure every change we make is the right one.”