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Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray diagnosed with cancer

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray informs the media that Chris Kelly #22 of the Ottawa Senators has been traded to the Boston Bruins after a game against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place on February 15, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray informs the media that Chris Kelly #22 of the Ottawa Senators has been traded to the Boston Bruins after a game against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place on February 15, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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On Monday, the Ottawa Senators announced that Bryan Murray, their General Manager and President of Hockey Operations, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The team did not say what type of cancer the 71-year-old Murray has; but did say that his treatment may occasionally cause him to spend some time away from the Senators. In his absence, assistant general managers Randy Lee and Pierre Dorion will oversee the team’s hockey operations department.

"On behalf of the entire Senators family, the team is asking that the thoughts, prayers and support of the entire hockey community are with Bryan and his family," said the team in a statement.

Murray is entering his eighth season as general manager for the Senators; adding the title of president of hockey operations in 2009. Prior to becoming GM, he served as the team’s head coach for over two seasons. He led the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, where they fell to the Anaheim Ducks.

During his career, Murray also served as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-1994), Florida Panthers (1994-2000) and Anaheim Ducks (2002-2004). He is also a seasoned NHL coach, serving in that capacity for the Washington Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers and Senators. He ranks ninth on the NHL’s all-time list in games coached (1,239) and eighth in wins (620).

Murray has been very busy this summer for the Senators. Prior to the free agent signing period opening on July 1, he traded captain Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars for Alex Chiasson, two prospects and a 2015 second round draft pick. Later that day, he re-signed forward Milan Michalek to a three-year contract that will pay him $4 million per season. On Friday he replaced Spezza down the middle for the Sens, signing free agent center David Legwand to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million per season.