Former GM Muckler Itching to Return to the NHL

Jason HackettAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2008

After bringing the Ottawa Senators to just inches away from the Stanley Cup, long-time GM John Muckler was given his walking papers.

He turned the team into a playoff contender, something that the Senators never were before.

However, it had been five years, and the Sens wanted a change.

"Out the door and into the wilderness" is nothing new for John, who has been let go enough times to walk blindfolded to the unemployment office. As he gets older, he knows that his time is limited—but after 60 years in hockey, he still wants another crack at guiding a team to the Stanley Cup.

If you take a look around the league, there are a couple of teams who could part ways with their current GM. The franchises which obviously fit this description are Tampa Bay, Florida, and Atlanta—all of whom are perennial underperformers, and are growing tired of being labeled as such.

Although no one ever mentions Tampa's GM to be endangered, three guys taking up the majority of the franchise's salary cap and the team dead last in the East at this point in the season doesn't sit well with anyone in the organization.

The question isn't whether or not a team will be looking for a new general manager, but if anyone would be willing to give the aging John Muckler another chance.