"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence", Bettman said. "While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks".
There hasn't been a lot of newsworthy items in Sensland of late, and it is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Bryan Murray at the age of 74.
In January, he became the first member of the Senators Ring of Honor.
Murray is survived by his wife, Geri, and daughters Heide and Brittany.
He last coached in 2007-08 and was Ottawa's GM until stepping down to an advisory capacity last season because of his health. "He was just an unbelievable guy where as a player you could sit down and have a beer with your coach and talk hockey, talk family, talk sports, talk anything and he was a guy that was there for you". Coaching was his first love.
"He really saw basketball in terms of a lot of the plays that they used that could be integrated into hockey", Poile said.
It wasn't much, but it would have been very easy for him to politely decline, as he was working and I was essentially a nobody, but for him to take a few minutes and answer a couple of questions made my day. "From a hockey end of it, that's his legacy that he was great at all aspects of the game, not just one aspect of the game". "A tremendous judge of talent", Fletcher said. Murray also reached the Cup Final in 1996 with Florida among his 22 years as a GM. "Tim, to his credit, liked Corey Perry". We were playing Detroit that year in the first round and we took a side trip to Plymouth to go watch Corey Perry play. Murray led the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup finals, where they lost in five games to the Anaheim Ducks.
Longtime NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray passed away on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Murray was the second general manager in team history, taking over for Bobby Clarke after the inaugural season ended in 1994 and oversaw a Florida team which shocked the sports world by making it to the Finals in just its third year of existence. "He will be forever remembered by all he touched".
Murray began coaching with the Washington Capitals in the 1981-82 season, and was with the team until being fired midway through the 1989-90 campaign and replaced by his bother Terry. Murray would spend nine seasons in Washington, coaching the Caps seven playoff appearances.