Murray leaves Mighty Ducks' front office

Bryan Murray, general manager of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, last year's Stanley Cup runners-up, will be the next coach of the Ottawa Senators.

The team made the announcement Tuesday morning.

Murray's coaching record extends through Detroit, Washington and Florida. He has been to the finals with two of the three teams, but has never won the Cup.

His reasons for leaving Anaheim are not yet known, but Murray was known to be unhappy no longer coaching. The Sports Network of Canada reported on its Web site that Murray is willing to leave because the Ducks are for sale and face an uncertain future.

TSN also reported that the Ducks' draft will be run by Chuck Fletcher,
the team's director of player personnel.

Jacques Martin was fired by Ottawa in April after 8½ seasons. The league's longest-serving active coach, he was named Panthers coach on May 26.

Ottawa represents a chance for Murray to be back behind the bench and with a team that many believe will contend for the Stanley Cup next season.

Murray stepped down as coach of the Mighty Ducks in May 2002 to become the team's senior vice president and general manager. He replaced Pierre Gauthier, who was fired as GM.

At the time, Murray declined to pull double duty as coach and GM. In his only season as its coach, Anaheim went 29-42-8-3.

Murray was the Panthers' general manager between 1994 and 2001, and he coached the team during the 1997-98 season. After joining the Panthers in August 1994, he put together a team that made the Stanley Cup finals in just its third year in the NHL.

He was Detroit's GM from 1990-94, and served as the Red Wings' coach for his first three seasons with the team. Taking over a Detroit team that went 28-34-14 the previous season, he helped the Red Wings go 170-121-37 during his four years as the GM, with the club making the playoffs each of the four seasons.

Murray began his coaching career with the Capitals in
1981 and was named Coach of the Year in 1983-84.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.