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Senators' Murray still mulling future: report

Ottawa GM, fighting colon cancer, says decision will come soon after season

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Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Friday he expects to decide his future with the organization not long after the season ends, according to the Ottawa Sun.

Murray, 73, has been battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has said it will be Murray's decision when he wants to move from GM to a senior adviser role with Ottawa.

"That's coming fairly soon," Murray said. "I've got a couple of more things I have to talk about and then very definitely this is not going to be left hanging after the season ends, pretty much."

Murray said the Senators struggles this season have him considering remaining on the job. After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, Ottawa was eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday when the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in a shootout.

"It's been a tough year; it's been a frustrating year," Murray said. "Maybe I set the expectations too high. I don't think I did, but yeah, it's not a way you want to go out of hockey, that's for sure. So it's something I really have to take a look at."

Murray said discussions among the front office have been ongoing regarding the Senators future on and off the ice

"After talking to Eugene [Melnyk, owner], over a month ago now, we both kind of agreed we just kind of had to take a look at everything that was going on, from player development to on-ice product," Murray said. "That process won't take a long time, I don't think. Part of the reason we've got everybody on the road this trip, and a couple of previous trips, is we're just sitting around doing a lot of talking and a lot of evaluation of where we are [with] what players and what else has to happen here to make it better."

Murray said the status of coach Dave Cameron and his staff will be evaluated.

"We'll go through the whole group: I'm part of it," Murray said. "Did I do enough? What else can we do from a management side here to help the product on the ice? We're all going to self-evaluate here and we've been doing that."

"But yeah, everybody, the coaching staff, without a doubt when your special teams are not very good, you have to look at why and what happened and we'll sit down at the end of the year and talk to them as well."

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