After Elliotte Friedman first reported on Hockey Night In Canada ofrumblings Ottawa Assistant GM Tim Murray may get get an interview for the Buffalo Sabres' vacant GM position, Bruce Garrioch confirmed today that this will indeed be happening.
Confirmed Sabres have received permission to speak to Sens AGM Tim Murray about GM job. Not sure when those talks will take place. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) December 2, 2013
But now that the Senators have given the Sabres permission, a hiring may not happen, but we will be one step closer to seeing it come to fruition.
At the risk of getting ahead of myself, should Tim Murray leave, I can speculate or infer how this reflects on the stability of Ottawa's ownership situation, but hey, what's the worst that can happen?
It's like not anything happened the last time an Ottawa Assistant GM left the organization to take a Division rival's GM gig.
Assuming Ottawa is willing to let Murray take the gig, I'm assuming that they would only let him go provided they were compensated for letting Murray out of his current deal.
There is precedent. In 1999, the Senators dealt Andreas Johansson and then-GM Rick Dudley to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Canadian Olympian Rob Zamuner and the profits from two preseason games.
Okay, so technically the NHL abolished compensation for seeing hockey ops staff leave.
From ESPN's Pierre Lebrun:
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman abolished the practice of compensation for teams losing front-office personnel in the wake of Peter Chiarelli’s controversial promotion from the assistant general manager of the Senators to GM in Boston in the spring of 2006. The two teams quarreled over the proper compensation.
Starting with the 2006-07 season, there was no longer any compensation. If you allowed someone to accept a promotion elsewhere, so be it; you got nothing in return.
Considering the volume of picks that the Sabres have accumulated via trade, perhaps there's a match to be made that sees Buffalo send some futures to the Sens and then Pierre Dorion gets promoted from his Director of Player Personnel gig to the Assistant GM position.
But then again, I'm just getting ahead of myself here. There's still the possibility that Tim Murray will remain in Ottawa.
No so sure this is getting ahead of yourself, know an individual who is good friends with murray's, apparently this has serious traction and is just about a done deal, which is fucking terrifying considering the picks they have and Tim's proven aptitude at the draft table. Now still chance they don't want him, but apparently if the offer comes he is going. Basically worst news of the day.
@ALfERdSOn GOing to take a different tack and say it's good news in a way. The braintrust hasn't put its gears to work in interviewing, foraging and hiring for a GM position in close to 10 years. They've gotten comfortable and that's a killer thing in the world of sports. Let's face it, the Ottawa GM post in the past was one that wasn't exactly stable, but being on the hot seat meant there was kind of a "win now" or "make your mark" event going on. And we had some pretty damned good and high-placing and contending teams then.
I'm all for some new blood out there. Paul Fenton's name keeps coming up, he's worked on a low-spending team and gotten some nice results in Nashville. Maybe he's familiar with MacLean since Fenton was a Jet too wasn't he?
Or maybe Leeder gives the job to Dorion as interim.
Either way, change is good. I welcome it and I'm thrilled to see what the new guy will do with what he has here.
@SteveHL @ALfERdSOn Yea... can't say I necessarily agree. Tim is extremely valuable, i mean i guess Dorion proves just as valuable if not more, who knows. Although, with BUF's picks in the next two drafts and them being division rivals Tim is the last guy I want developing and drafting for them. I mean I know the person who told me this knows the Murray's very, very well and live in Shawville, which is why I am inclined to believe them, also because in the past this person told me the Alfie things weren't going well, which i dismissed because well I couldn't imagine it. I dunno im hoping like hell this is false, I mean im getting it second person I am no bob mckenzie, and cant confirm it but this person has called alfie leaving, told me team was in a budget before it was everywhere, and told me sens had gotten nash probably, which turned out to be false, but then we found out later nash nixed the trade so really "nash probably" is pretty accurate. Although i was also assured the sens were trading up at draft last year and that never materialized, so who knows, i just hope tim stays because I am not convinced as you are that he isnt a big loss.