“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.”


Ahh, Yogi Berra, always great quotes, and, in this past season, no truer words have been spoken.

To categorize this past season as a disappointment would be generous.  Yes, it has proven to be a complete debacle, but not, it would seem, an unmitigated disaster, and it is from this springs hope.

Hope for the future, a future in which the plan, and the practice, become one.

We now know Murray will remain at the charts in the plotting of this teams future course, and, presumably, at the helm in its steering…but I still believe the duration of the latter remains to be seen.

3 year deal or no, I for one (and not the only one, I may add) remain unconvinced the near-term potential for a new GM has sailed.

I am, however, very glad to have Murray aboard, and wearing the stripes, going into this rebuild.  There is no other person in hockey as knowledgeable about the Senators, on the whole, as Murray.  He knows the current roster, the prospects, the off ice coaching/training staff, the scouting service and the management group.

And, maybe most critical, he knows the two most important stake holders, the owner, and the fans.

To, at this juncture, go out and acquire a new GM, who will have to acquaint himself of all of these factors, while also having to make daily decisions, critical to the long-term health of this franchise, would be folly, IMO.

Murray has, beyond any other claim of success as a GM, been proven to be able to build strong teams, from the ground up.

Well, as of 4:30 p.m. today, the Sens will be, at best, on level ground.

Murray has already achieved much in positioning the Senators for long-term improvement, but the ship has yet to truly cast off of its moorings, and what takes place this summer, both via draft and player selection/development, will make or break this franchises hopes for a short-term rebuild.

I trust Murray to be as good as, or better, than any other person, at this point in time.

But, as the decisions get made, and grow fewer, I expect a change in the GM’s office, with Murray assuming a more strategic role, and a less hands on/active role in the daily grind of a GM’s duties.

I suspect this is what lies behind the 3 year deal.  The discussion was more about Murray’s willingness to remain on as GM, for another year, or two, as opposed to either retiring, or assuming a more passive role.

The hunt is on to replace Murray, be sure of that, but, unlike some may wish, it is not a hawkish desire to replace him, merely one of realistic recognition of the fact that, in time, Murray will want to reduce his work-load, and recognition that, once the ground work is done, a person with a more long-term interest in the role will be best suited to assume the full duties as GM.

I, for one, say thank-you to Murray for re-upping, and whole heartedly believe he is, far and away, the best person for the job, and, to those lamenting his re-signing, I suggest you will not have much more time to grind his gears, before a new name arrives on the scene…at which time you can begin grinding theirs.

GN

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