Monday, June 18, 2007

Front Office Reshuffling

In a fully anticipated move after days of speculation, particularly from Bob McKenzie and Bruce Garrioch, culminating in the all-but-official weekend rumours of Muckler's firing, the Senators owner Eugene Melnyk made the move official in a Monday afternoon press conference. The 5-year reign of the Senators' fifth General Manager has officially come to an end, with his position being filled by Bryan Murray, the Senators' head coach since 2004.

Muckler can leave the Senators with his head held high, after achieving the following (thanks to "DiscoStu" for compiling most of these stats):

  • six playoff series victories (the Senators had won just two prior to Muckler's arrival)
  • one President's trophy, one Prince of Wales trophy, two Eastern conference titles, two NE division titles, one SCF appearance and one ECF appearance.
  • Regular record of 195-90-18-25; total record of 227-113-25
  • Most wins of any team post-lockout
  • Among only 5 other teams to have made the playoffs every year during his reign
  • Outside of Daniel Alfredsson's Calder, players under his reign have won the only individual awards in Senators history: first team all-stars for Zdeno Chara and Dany Heatley, second team all-stars for Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.
While it seems the failure to acquire veteran Gary Roberts from the Florida against express orders from Melnyk may have been Muckler's downfall, he has made some superb acquistions, whether through free agency or otherwise, including Dany Heatley, Dean McAmmond and Mike Comrie. Without attaching opinion to the value of trades during his reign, here is a list of the most major transactions made by Muckler:

  • Acquired Brian Pothier from Atlanta Thrashers for Shawn McEachern and 6th round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft on June 29, 2002
  • Acquired Peter Schaefer from Vancouver Canucks for Sami Salo on September 12, 2002
  • Acquired Vaclav Varada from Buffalo Sabres for Jakub Klepis on February 25, 2003
  • Acquired Peter Bondra from Washington Capitals for Brooks Laich and 2nd round pick in 2005 NHL Entry Draft on February 18, 2004
  • Acquired Greg De Vries from New York Rangers for Karel Rachunek and Alexandre Giroux on March 9, 2004
  • Signed Dominik Hasek in 2004
  • Acquired Dany Heatley from Atlanta Thrashers for Marian Hossa and Greg De Vries in 2005
  • Acquired 4th round pick (Ilya Zubov) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from St. Louis for Patrick Lalime
  • Acquired Tyler Arnason from Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Bochenski on March 9, 2006
  • Acquired Tom Preissing, John Hennessy, Michal Barinka and a 2nd round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Chicago Blackhawks for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski on July 10, 2006
  • Signed Martin Gerber in 2006.
  • Signed Joe Corvo in 2006.
  • Signed Dean McAmmond in 2006.
  • Acquired Mike Comrie from Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Kaigorodov on January 3, 2007
  • Acquired Oleg Saprykin and a 7th round draft pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft for a 2nd round draft pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft.
And the first round draft selections of Muckler:

  • 16th overall in 2002 - Jakub Klepis, currently with the Washington Capitals
  • 29th overall in 2003 - Patrick Eaves, currently with the Ottawa Senators
  • 23rd overall in 2004 - Andrej Meszaros, currently with the Ottawa Senators
  • 9th overall in 2005 - Brian Lee, currently with the University of North Dakota
  • 28th overall in 2006 - Nick Foligno, recently signed with the Ottawa Senators, expected to be with the Binghampton Senators next season
And the following signings of core Senators players:
  • Daniel Alfredsson, signed in March of 2004 to a 5-year deal with 3 options years. After the post-lockout rollback (a rollback which Alfredsson, as a player executive, helped negotiate), it carried a cap hit of 4.339, making it one of the most economic superstar contracts in the league.
  • Dany Heatley, signed in August of 2005 to a 3-year deal at a cap hit of $4.5 million.
  • Chris Phillips, signed in April of 2006 to a 4-year deal at $3.75 million.
  • Anton Volchenkov, signed in April of 2006 to a 3-year deal at $2.5 million.


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