Bryan Murray Presser

Phillip MacCallum

A summary of Bryan Murray's media availability on July 1, 2014.

After starting off the day with a bang by moving Jason Spezza, Senators GM Bryan Murray was relatively quiet once free agency officially began at noon. The Sens sole free agent transaction of the afternoon was re-signing winger Milan Michalek. At 4:30 pm, Murray spoke to the media about the day's events.

On Jason Spezza:

Clear as mud. Not surprised by much of the information here, especially Murray slipping in that the team offered Spezza an extension and he wasn't interested. That captaincy quote is...interesting. If that's what Murray believes, I don't agree with his assessment of leadership. I suspect it's not. If the "I don't know" part is more accurate, well, it's a reflection of his obvious frustration and trying to make a joke in a news conference.

On Alex Chiasson:

Would have liked to hear a bit more about Chiasson.

On Milan Michalek:

I'm intrigued about the other team that offered Milan Michalek more.

Miscellaneous items:

So something is in the works maybe. There's not much that can be said about it until we know more. However, it does sound like some of the prospect logjam would be cleared up with this move. Murray mentioned a few times needing another NHL centre, so that seems to be the focus of any possible trade.

My biggest takeaway from the press conference is Murray sounds frustrated. The lead-in to his news conference was James Duthie and company talking Ottawa's budget/finances and he was asked about the budget during the press conference. It might bother him that the organization's side is questioned, but I don't think any here is going to change that line of questioning anytime soon.

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