Bryan Murray Steps Down as Ottawa Senators GM, Promotes Pierre Dorion to Position

Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray talks to the media after the NHL trading deadline began at 3pm on Monday. Assignment - 119953 Photo taken at 15:36 on March 2. (Wayne Cuddington/Ottawa Citizen)

Big news is coming out of Ottawa as former GM Bryan Murray has decided to step down as General Manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Now former assistant GM Pierre Dorion has been promoted to take over his duties. Here’s some of Dorion’s comments as tweeted out by the Senators’ Twitter account:

Bryan Murray will be staying with the Senators in a senior adviser role. Murray has been the GM since 2007, when the Senators advanced to their only Stanley Cup Final, and lost to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. Murray is battling Stage 4 colon cancer and has been considering what his role with the Senators should be for more than a year.

Dorion has been with Ottawa for nine years. Prior to being assistant general manager in 2014, he was the Director of Player Personnel for the Senators. He was an amateur scout with the Montreal Canadiens for 11 years and spent two years with the New York Rangers.

This move comes after the Ottawa Senators had failed to make the playoffs, making it three out of the past four seasons that the club has missed the postseason dance.

Seeing the results of this year and past years, I’d expect that there will be more changes to be made in the offseason for the Ottawa Senators.

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