Bryan Murray will be back in Ottawa next season as general manager of the Senators. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reported that Murray accepted a three-year contract extension to remain in his position.

It may come as a surprise to some, but according to owner Eugene Melnyk’s comments it sounds like Murray’s job was never in doubt:

“We’re looking forward to implementing his vision for the team, which is to bring it back to elite status. I think we’re getting there.
We’ve talked about it for a long time. This is not something that was done on a fly.”

The Senators struggled mightily this season, but Murray’s jockeying at the trade deadline appears to have given his team a spark – and in the process help secure his job.

Murray moved veterans Mike Fisher, Alexei Kovalev, Jarkko Ruutu, and Chris Kelly leading up to the deadline while acquiring picks and a goaltender in Craig Anderson in exchange for Brian Elliott.

Murray was excited about the deal, obviously:

“I’m very happy and excited. I want to thank Eugene for having the confidence and faith that what we’re doing now is the right path. We will try to continue the growth of this hockey team … the desire here is obviously to be a good team, to be a team with a chance to win at the end of every year. We’ve got a little ways to go, we know that. But I think the start has been a good one, and as we go forward we want to build on that.”

With Murray’s job safe, will Cory Clouston take the fall in Ottawa? Word on his future could come sooner than later.