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The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that general manager Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer and will be away from the team periodically as he receives treatment.

"Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team's doctors in collaboration with specialists," the Senators said in a statement.

During the times Murray is unavailable for team business, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the hockey operations department.

Murray, 71, has asked for privacy with regard to his medical issue. The Senators have said they will have no further statement about the matter.

Murray joined the Senators as coach in 2004 and was promoted to general manager in 2007. He reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

He also has been general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers, going to the Final in 1996 with the Panthers and in 2003 with the Ducks.

He began his coaching career with the Washington Capitals in 1981-82 and also coached the Panthers, Red Wings and Ducks, going 620-454-154 over 18 seasons.

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