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from Chris Lund of Ottawa Senators.com,
On trade talks:
I've called three teams so far -- actually, four -- I'll call a number more and see if anyone wants to move. There are certain reasons to move fairly high and if we don't do that maybe we're okay where we are. I have talked and nobody has really gotten back to me and I don't suspect anyone will be willing to move down but, you never know, we might have an asset that would address a need.
On slow negotiations between teams at this point:
We have a GM meeting tomorrow in Boston and I think the opportunity to talk to a variety of managers of different teams will crop up and then we'll see if anyone is really interested in engaging and trying to do something for their team.
On working with teams that have cap issues:
I think there are a couple of teams that may have to, I've talked to one or two already but nobody is in a hurry. That doesn't come in to play for some time. We'll continue to talk and hopefully see there might be somebody there. If not, we've got a pretty good group of young players. I'd like to add one more player but we'll see what happens.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Paul MacLean is about to get rewarded for his NHL award.
The Senators coach confirmed Saturday — fresh off winning the Jack Adams as the NHL's coach of the year Friday — he's had discussions about a contract extension with GM Bryan Murray and expects a new deal to be in place soon.
Heading into the final season of his contract, it's believed the two sides have discussed a two-year deal through the 2015-16 season. MacLean isn't the least bit concerned about getting something done, but is happy to have the talks and believes they'll be fruitful.
"I think that'll be something that will get done in short order," said MacLean when asked about a new deal.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired the rights to defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound blueliner from Chelyabinsk, Russia spent the last three seasons with the Ottawa Senators, appearing in 186 games and posting 91 points (15G-76A) with 101 penalty minutes. Amongst NHL defensemen in 2012-13, Gonchar was tied for fifth in assists (24) and shared 12th in points (27). He led Ottawa defensemen in scoring and ranked second on the team with 27 points (3G-24A) and first on the club in total assists.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the team has traded the rights to defenceman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
“We thank Sergei for his efforts in Ottawa,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “We felt that this trade will give Sergei the opportunity to extend his career in the NHL and we wish him success with the Stars.
After the 1st period of last night's Pens/Sens game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the Morrow goal, how to defend 2-on-1 breaks, Daniel Alfredsson, what the Blackhawks need to start doing and a few other topics.
Also, if you missed the end of the game last night, watch below the last minute of play, the handshakes and a Crosby interview.
With a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Senators had a tough time finding any momentum and now many will ask if Daniel Alfredsson has played his last NHL game.
Good goal according to on-ice officials and Toronto.
added 8:26pm, NBCSN call is below...
The Ottawa Senators face a win or go home scenario tonight when they play the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Puck drops around 7:38pm ET and can be viewed on NBCSN, CBC or RDS.
Feel free to comment on the game as it plays out or anything playoff related.
Mark Osbourne and Rob Pizzo of Hockey Night Online discuss the Patrick Roy hiring, Senators/Penguins and Wings/Blackhawks.
Watch the discussion below...
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
Has the Senators’ luck run out, or did they simply run into an unstoppable force they couldn’t overpower with grit, hustle and focus, similar to how they dismantled the higher-seeded Montreal Canadiens earlier this month?
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