The Ottawa Senators have fired general manager John Muckler in a surprising move that could be announced on Sunday, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.
When pressed about whether Senators owner Eugene Melnyk would clarify the situation, Muckler responded: "I don't know. You'll have to speak to the owner about that."
Muckler, 73,continued to refusecomment on Sunday, telling the Canadian Press, "I cannot talk at this time."
Speculation has swirled thatBryan Murray, whose contract as head coach expires June 30, could be promoted to GM.
Murray also wouldn't comment on Sunday.
Ken Villazor, a spokesman for Melnyk, would neither confirm nor deny the report, saying "the owner has released a statement that he was reviewing all management with the club."
Intended to return
Muckler, a five-time StanleyCup winner with the Edmonton Oilers,joined the Senators in June of 2002.
After another solidregular season that saw the team compile a record of 48-25-9, the Senators finally shook the label of playoff chokers by reaching the Stanley Cup finalwith a roster Muckler helped build.
Withthe departure of players like Zedeno Chara and Martin Havlat this past offseason, Muckler acquired less heralded players such as Joe Corvo, Tom Preissing and Mike Comrie who all figured prominently in Ottawa's 2007 playoff run.
But the Senators seemed to lose all momentum in the final, falling to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.
Despitethe disappointing result, Muckler stated that he intended to return for the final year of his contract and had no desire to leave.
"I'm having too much fun," he said at the club's end of season news conference.