Ottawa Senators Owner Says Cory Clouston and GM Are Safe: What Is He Thinking?

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIJanuary 25, 2011

OTTAWA - MARCH 5:  Head coach Cory Clouston of the Ottawa Senators speaks to reporters following the game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 5, 2009 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Let me start off by saying, as a Leaf fan, I don't have any problem with the Ottawa Senators losing. What I do have a problem with is stupidity.

On Saturday night, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said that general manager Brian Murray and coach Cory Clouston's jobs are safe until the end of the season.

Melnyk gave this quote to the Ottawa Sun, “There is no one, no one, on this planet that bleeds more than I do for this team, as a fan and as an owner. I am more disappointed in the performance of the team than any fan could imagine. The time has come to make some of the most difficult decisions that an owner can make. Do we need a game-changer? I believe we do. I’ve lost sleep. Bryan Murray loses sleep. Cory Clouston loses sleep. Everybody who loves this team doesn’t sleep well at night.”

What sticks out to me is this: "The time has come to make some of the most difficult decisions that an owner can make."

Apparently not, because if it were, he would have fired Clouston weeks ago. The Senators, as of right now, are having a worse year than the Leafs. That's saying something, although it's somehow not saying, "You're fired Cory."

It happens to almost every team that is doing badly—usually the coach is one the first to go, unless your name is Ron Wilson. I don't know why Melnyk wouldn't at least say goodbye to Clouston and keep Murray.

Both Clouston and Murray's contracts are up at the end of this season, so that could be part of the reason they're being kept. That way Melnyk can save face and say that he gave them every chance they could.

So with the coach and GM safe, the players are the ones that are going to take the fall for these two. Expect the Senators to be one of the busiest teams leading up to the trade deadline.

So why don't you just send Jason Spezza our way, because apparently he's worth less than Clouston and Murray.