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Anderson, Karlsson among players to share condolences for Murray

Senators, other NHL figures mourn loss of former coach, general manager @NHLdotcom

Many of those who felt Bryan Murray's impact as an NHL coach and general manager expressed their condolences on social media following his death Saturday.

Murray, 74, died of colon cancer. He was GM of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2001-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).


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Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, whose wife Nicholle was diagnosed with throat cancer in October and was declared cancer-free in May, said Murray played a big role in his career.

Tweet from @CraigAnderson41: "Devastated to hear of Bryan Murray's passing. That man is the reason I am in Ottawa. I owe him a lot. #rip #sens

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, and forwards Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris, tweeted sympathy, as did defensemen Cody Ceci and Chris Wideman.

Tweet from @ErikKarlsson65: My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Murray family. Thank you for everything Bryan. You gave me the chance to be who I am today.

Tweet from @MHoffy68: My condolences to the Murray family. Thank you for everything you've done for our Organization. RIP Bryan

Tweet from @kyleturris: I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity Bryan gave me in Ottawa. He was an amazing person,with the best humour. He'll be missed greatly

Tweet from @kyleturris: My thoughts are with the entire Murray family

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott, who was picked by Ottawa at No. 291 in the 2003 NHL Draft, said he owed a lot to Murray.

Tweet from @KidElls1: A sad day for the Hockey community. A great man that gave me my shot at realizing my dream to play in the NHL. My condolences to his family

NHL Network analyst and retired NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes expressed similar sentiments. Murray became general manager of the Panthers after Florida selected Weekes No. 91 in the 1993 NHL Draft.

Tweet from @KevinWeekes: Deepest sympathies w the passing of @Senators Bryan Murray. I'm eternally grateful for your belief in me and giving me my @NHL start.R.I.P.

Among others from around the NHL who shared their thoughts on Murray's passing were Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, and Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee.

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