On the surface I like Melnyk's comments, as he's basically a stand-in for the disgruntled fan, and he is proposing the kind of review which could lead to the overhaul the organization clearly needs. He's also probably smart enough to realize that his own public reputation among fans needed a boost. Well played, Eugene.
But after thinking about it more, it's not that encouraging. If nobody's job is safe, the conversation has to begin with Bryan Murray, not Dave Cameron playing Matt O'Connor in October. This is Murray's team from top to bottom, and has been for almost a decade. The problem can't simply be the coach, not again. If Melnyk is ready to move on Murray, that will probably be done in a discrete way considering his health, but then why make a public spectacle now? And if Melnyk is not ready to move on Murray, how much change can we expect? The most likely scenario is Murray moves to a senior advisory role, but unless he is clearly distanced from all personnel decisions, that doesn't represent change.
I'm concerned about Alfie's place in all this. While he would obviously be a change in terms of management, and he can't be blamed for any of the current mess (at least for his work in the front office), is he ready to be GM? Probably not. But how successful will a new GM from outside the organization be if Alfie continues to lurk as the next one. That would be delicate at best, and the top GM candidates out there (Brisebois, Futa and so on) are unlikely to move out of their current positions without some assurances of autonomy and security as GM in Ottawa.
I miss the days where we were a model organization, ahead of the curve on scouting and player development. The rest of the league caught up and we instead put the car into reverse.