Ottawa Senators GM Murray diagnosed with cancer

OTTAWA (AP) Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer.

The team confirmed the diagnosis Monday in a statement on its website. The Senators say he'll begin treatment immediately.

Assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the hockey operations department in his absence.

The 71-year-old Murray has been with the Senators since the 2003-04 season, first as a head coach before replacing the fired John Muckler as GM in 2007. He was behind the bench for Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup final in the 2006-07 season.

He's also served as coach or general manager at Washington, Detroit, Florida and Anaheim.

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