The more I think about it, the more I think we should hold onto Murray. I can't think of anyone who we could hire who has more Team-building experience than Bryan Murray.
The past 3 drafts are looking as though they could turn out to be some of if not the best years we have had.. In the 4 years Murray has drafted for us, he had only one slumping year, but even that draft (O'Brien's year) is starting to look like it is turning around.
As of right now our hopes and teams rely on draft day, (and course a certain goalie). Since this is the case. Can you think of anyone you would feel more confident with than Bryan Murray on draft day that we could hire? Because I can't.
When Murray has been given teams in a rebuilding phase, he has almost ALWAYS built a better team and few of them went on to win the cup (Anaheim/Detroit).. I do, however, understand the frustration with him (especially his rotating coach door he has going on).
IN MY OPINION, what we should do.. is fire our whole coaching staff (How the HELL is Carvel still Assistant?)
I'd like him to stay if he's willing to stay for a few more years to completely do the rebuild, we don't need him retiring next year and then have a new gm come in and re do everything he has already done, either fire him after the draft, or lock him up for 3-4 years.
Let him run drafts, hire someone who can actually stick to a long term plan as a GM instead of a reactionnary patch work artist who changes his mind on the makeup of his team every year after the SC finals.
I don't hate Murray as much as some people on here but it is time for a management change.
Possibly leave him as an adviser, but completely gut the organizations front office and coaching staff.
We are currently in a good situation for someone new to come in and start fresh. Our prospect pool is looking better then it has in a while, we have a lot of cap space and have some veterans signed. It is a perfect time for a fresh new direction.