Bryan Murray and Craig Hartsburg on Their Way Out?

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2009

One loss too many? Craig Hartsburg may well have coached his last game for the Ottawa Senators.

According to the Journal de MontrΓ©al, owner Eugene Melnyk was waiting for the result of last night's game between the Senators and Sabres before making a decision.

The Senators lost 4-2, their third in a row and their 25th loss this season.

General Manager Bryan Murray would also be fired as a result of the Senators' underachievement.

Melnyk may have already decided on Murray and Hartsburg's successors. They would be none other than Pat Quinn, recently head coach of the WJC team, which won a fifth consecutive gold medal, and Bob Nicholson as GM.

Though Quinn's selection makes some sense, choosing Nicholson is surprising. Hockey Canada's president and chief executive has no experience at the NHL level. Since 1998, he has managed all the men's and women's national and Olympic teams.

No one should be surprised at Quinn's return behind the bench. The 64-year-old made it clear that he wanted to return to the NHL after a two-year break, wanting to use the world juniors as a springboard to the NHL. It's unlikely he thought the dive into NHL waters would come so quickly, however.

I have been saying for a while, since GM Murray can't find a trade partner, the Sens ownership will likely pull the plug on him and Hartsburg. The Senators are not going anywhere this season, and it's time for a major overhaul of this team.

Source: Radio Canada