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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators are in the final stages of discussions with their former captain to bring him back in an off-ice role in hockey operations. What his title is going to be will be determined next month but the 42-year-old Alfredsson has told the Sun in the past he liked the role of senior VP that Steve Yzerman played in Detroit.
“Alfie can probably have whatever title he wants but the key is what he can bring to the table and he’s got a lot to learn,” said another league executive.
If Alfredsson wants to follow in the footsteps of Yzerman, who is headed into his sixth year as GM of the Lightning, then that isn’t going to happen overnight and the Super Swede will likely get a look at every aspect of the organization when he officially signs on with the Senators sometime before training camp.
At this point, Alfredsson is back in Detroit and there’s some belief his family may stay there this winter because the kids are enrolled in school and sports.
A move back to Ottawa may not happen until 2016-17 and at that point Alfredsson would be able to take on more of role.
from Chris Stevenson at NHL.com,
The Ottawa Senators will be an interesting team this season because the elements that made them the success story of the final two months of last season also present the biggest question marks.
Their charge to the Stanley Cup Playoffs was fueled by a rookie coach, a goaltender making his NHL debut, and a group of young players who successfully handled bigger roles and more responsibility.
Here are three questions the Senators face this season:
What will Bobby Ryan contribute? The 28-year-old is expected to be one of the Senators' offensive leaders, but he struggled down the stretch in 2014-15.
Ryan had 18 goals and 36 assists for 54 points, but after scoring in back-to-back games March 3 and 4, Ryan had one goal in the final 20 regular-season games. He did not have an assist in 17 of those games.
Ryan scored two goals in Game 5 of the six-game, Eastern Conference First Round loss to the Canadiens.
It's remarkable the Senators were capable of going on the run they did to make the playoffs with Ryan contributing so little. It says a lot about what they got from their emerging young talent.
There will be even more scrutiny on Ryan, who enters the first year of a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension he signed on the eve of last season.
Hoffman was asking for $3.4M while the Senators offered $1.75M.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
So are the Senators, as is, good enough to go back to the post-season tournament next April?
Perhaps, as long as they don't screw around by winning only 17 of 41 games in the first half of the season again.
Other than Ottawa, the aging Detroit Red Wings and maybe the New York Islanders, it's difficult to imagine any of the Top 8 finishers from 2014-15 falling out.
Certainly not Tampa Bay, Montreal, the New York Rangers, Washington or Pittsburgh.
Of the teams that failed to qualify, the Columbus Blue Jackets appear to have the best chance at earning a playoff spot next season. They would have been there in 2014-15 if not for a rash of injuries seldom before seen with another franchise.
After them, the Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins (despite their remodelling) are sure to make a strong push as well. Then there's the possibility New Jersey and Carolina are better than they look, while we have a sneaky suspicion Buffalo and yes, even Toronto, will surprise a lot of people.
more on the Senators...
Chiasson was asking for $2.475M while the team offered $1M.
added 7:31am, Ottawa press release is below...
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Bryan Murray, the Senators’ general manager, and Tim Murray, his counterpart with the Buffalo Sabres, got a lot of business done in and around the NHL draft, including a fascinating trade between their respective clubs: goaltender Robin Lehner, once considered a future cornerstone of the Senators, moving to Buffalo along with veteran centre David Legwand in exchange for a first-round draft pick. That pick was used to selected highly regarded American centre Colin White, 21st overall.
What a weekend it was for Tim, who cut his teeth working alongside his beloved uncle in Anaheim and Ottawa, and took bold steps in rebuilding the last-place Sabres, a team that now includes Jack Eichel, the second overall selection, centre Ryan O’Reilly, a two-way standout for the Colorado Avalanche, former 67’s forward Jamie McGinn, plus forwards Evander Kane (trade) and Sam Reinhart (2014 draft) from earlier transactions.
What a week it was for Bryan and the Senators, who stole the show at the NHL Awards — three nominations, Erik Karlsson winning his second Norris Trophy, and the entire organization shining brightly in the glow of Jonathan Pitre’s inspiring story, which was first told in the pages of the Citizen.
From the bright lights of Vegas to the beaches of Florida, Murray continued to make sensible moves to fine tune his Ottawa roster, including the trade of Eric Gryba to Edmonton, enabling the organization to pare down to seven defencemen (plus AHL Binghamton star Chris Wideman, who was re-signed to a one year, two-way deal Monday).
The Senators got what they wanted out of the deal - a first-round pick and some financial relief - and that's enough to get the nod over Buffalo. If Lehner turns out to be great, or even good, then the Sabres won't have any regrets, but paying a first-round pick and taking on salary seems like more than it would cost to acquire some of the other goaltenders that are known to be available this summer. Consider this the price of Sabres GM Tim Murray getting his guy.
-Scott Cullen of TSN on today's Buffalo/Ottawa trade. Read more from Cullen on this topic.
added 10:45am, Buffalo release is below...
via Ottawa Senators tweets,
The #Sens have agreed to terms with forward Mika Zibanejad on a two-year contract extension.
The two-year contract for #Sens Mika Zibanejad has an AAV of $2.625 ($2M, $3.25M)
The #Sens have agreed to terms with forward Mark Stone on a three-year contract extension.
The three-year contract for #Sens Mark Stone has an AAV of $3.5M ($2.25M, $3.75M, $4.5M)
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Though Murray has had serious talks -- mostly on Lehner -- with six or seven teams that have goaltending issues, the Senators are hopeful with everybody in one place as part of the annual gathering for the NHL Awards that the talks will heat up with some one-on-one meetings with a few teams.
"When you sit down face-to-face, everybody knows everybody's players today, so when you make an offer or suggest a trade we know if it's going to help them or not and we know whether a return is fair or not," Murray said during the club's pre-draft availability last week.
"So, I think it's easier when you can sit down and look the guy in the eye."
Two teams that have shown the most serious interest in the 23-year-old Lehner are the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres. It's believed in both cases the deals involve draft picks in this weekend's annual crapshoot which is why it would be good to get a trade in place as soon as possible.
The Oilers and Sabres both have multiple picks in the first two rounds that they could offer up as part of a package for Lehner. After taking Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters No. 1, the Oilers have the No. 16 selection in the first round along with No. 33 and No. 57 in Round 2.
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