Last week, GM Byran Murray had his end of the year press conference. He addressed a number of issues and answered questions from the media. Video courtesy of SensTV.
The highlights from the press conference were:
- On Murray’s decision to let Clouston go: Murray felt that Ottawa was a competitive team in the East (albeit, in the bottom half of the playoff picture) and that Clouston did not keep Ottawa competitive throughout the year.
- On why he fired him right after the last game: he wanted to give Clouston the best chance to find a job before they were all taken if he had waited to fire him later in the summer.
- On the next coach of the team: Murray states that he does not need a veteran coach, but a good communicator that will help teach the young players on the team. He also stated there is no urgency to hire a coach, but he hopes to have one in place by the draft.
- On goal tending: Murray states that he could not have made a goal tending change earlier in the season as the team made their commitment to Pascal Leclaire and did not have any money to make a change.
- Off-season plans: Murray’s goal is to find a top six forward that can create offense this summer. He’ll try to find this player either through a UFA signing or through the trade route.
- Organizational depth: Murray now knows that the organization has depth with the play of all their call-ups over the last quarter of the season. Murray is very happy with the development of many of his prospects.
- Daniel Alfredsson: thinks he’ll be back and that he will contribute next year.
- Jason Spezza: Murray states that Spezza is fully on board with the rebuild and the leadership role he has been given over the last part of the season.
- UFA’s/ RFA’s: Murray has not yet begun contract negotiations with any of his UFA’s or RFA’s for this upcoming off-season.
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