There are things that can be salvaged from a lost season. Magnus Paajarvi was lost early, worse later and by the time they sent him to the minors everyone (including the kid) thought it was a good idea. If MP can gain some confidence and finish strong, well that’s one fewer question to answer over the summer.
32 years ago Bryan Murray was a coach for the Regina Pats, and success there got him an NHL gig. Murray is one of a very few hockey men to successfully parlay a good coaching resume into a career as a General Manager. Murray had 620 wins (7th all-time) as coach and did some fine GM work in Anaheim after arriving to a shambles.
Murray has been the GM in Ottawa since June of 2007. His Ottawa career is most famous for the Dany Heatley fiasco–plus the Stanley run as coach–but there are good things happening in the nation’s capital. Murray’s Anaheim career is perhaps a good comparable for what’s brewing with the Senators.
BRYAN MURRAY: “To me, it’s not about the player being traded or acquired all the time; it’s the message you send to your players. When you get the better player or you make a trade that you can tell as being a positive for the team, that message is very loud in the room. I don’t know that David Poile and I totally understood that at the time with the Capitals, and I think it affected our playoffs on a couple of occasions.”
That’s a quote from the NHL GM book I’ve been reading (Beyond the Moves) and I wonder what kind of message sending away Ales Hemsky might mean in the Oiler room. Is it “good riddance to bad rubbish” or is it “and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free?”
- Jason Gregor who conducted a dynamite interview with Bobby Holik this week.
- Jonathan Willis who had some great insight into Jordan eberle’s season.
- Kent Wilson who will pass along the latest from the Flames nation.
- Cam Charron who will give us an update from Vancouver and some WHL inside stuff.
Noon, Team 1260 and the entire show will be up at Oilers Nation in the next day or so. Early game, don’t forget. Emails with comments or questions for our guests are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also check out twitter @ItsNationRadio or @Lowetide_ this afternoon.