DefenceWinsChampionships wrote:Is Marc Crawford the solution? Enough is enough bringing in unproven coaches. Crawford is hungry, Sens need an experienced coach. Jason Smith also has to go. We haven't had a good defenceman come up through the system in quite some time. Maybe Luke should be promoted to D coach or Assistant?
As for GM, I believe Murray sees the writing on the wall. Since he has taken over Ottawa has regressed significanlty. Even looking at the farm team, there isn't much left in the cupboards anymore. I barely recognize any names in Bingo since the Phaneuf/Rochester trades. At this point they should be looking at a GM who isn't afraid to move on from players if it means trading away or not signing fan favourites or people he drafted/acquired. I am going to be so disappointed when Murray re-signs Chiasson. Absolutely livid for that matter.
I also agree with Melnyk re: salary. A lot of money was being wasted this season on Phillips, Michalek, Greening, Wiercioch, Cowen, Chiasson and with MacArthur hurt. That's what, close to $20M right there? This comes down to poor asset management and aside from MacArthur's injury should fall squarely on Murray's shoulders. I completely agree that Melnyk has reason to be upset. There is no reason you couldn't ice a quality team for $68M. I am not saying the model I proposed is perfect but it shows it is attainable.
Line 1: $20M, Line 2: $12M, Line 3: $7M, Line 4: $3M
D1-2: $12M, D3-4: $6M, D5-6: $3M
It is all about asset management and I think Murray has failed at that significantly having traded Bishop and Spezza for nothing, being inactive in free agency, and re-signing regressing players to ludicrous deals. I get that vet leadership is needed but at some point you look at bringing in leaders who can still play.