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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.
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
If another team wants to trade for an Ottawa Senators goaltender, they had better be prepared to take on an additional contract from a forward that Bryan Murray is trying to move as well.
Speaking to reporters in his final pre-draft availability on Thursday morning, the Senators general manager indicated that several teams have called about both Robin Lehner and Craig Anderson. And while the club is still not tipping its hand on which netminder is going to be moved, Murray did indicate that the goalie trade will likely include a player such as Colin Greening or David Legwand – veterans who likely won't have a role with the club next season.
"Well that's what I'm trying to do. To make sure that when we talk to teams about the goaltending that we are adding another piece to it and it is because of contract," Murray told TSN 1200. "We might take something a little less because of that, but we think that a couple of the guys that we are trying to move can play on other teams as well. We just happen to have a group of young guys now that have taken their spots."
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Senators GM Bryan Murray told the Sun after a press conference today he has had seven teams call on his goaltenders with more interest in Robin Lehner.
By the end of next week, Murray expects to have a pretty good idea what he's going to be able to get for a his goalies and then may sweeten the pot to try to get a bigger deal in place.
"I've had a quite a number of calls and there's some real interest from a number of teams that don't have the depth that we have that are looking for an NHL goaltender," Murray said Thursday. "We'll just have to filter through them as we're doing now.
"We have identified and know the teams that are looking and know that are looking. Over the next week or two I'll probably get as good an offer as I'm going to get."
a bit more
from of Hallie Cotnam and Jamie Long of CBC,
Bryan Murray expects next season to be his last as general manager of the Ottawa Senators, he told the CBC's Hallie Cotnam during a one-on-one interview.
Murray took a short break from planning for June's NHL draft to talk about his health and future as he continues chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer.
"I'm not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness," said Murray, who publicly announced his battle last November.
Statement from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk
We lead such busy lives in today’s world it is often a challenge to appreciate how important and vitally dependent we are on being in good health.
The past few months have presented me with the greatest challenge of my life and up until most recently, it has been very personal and private.
Over the last few weeks, my declining health became considerably more critical and urgent. During this time, my family and a few very close friends have worked tirelessly to help save my life.
Their incredible efforts helped to identify numerous potential live liver donors, but in the end, none were deemed to be medically suitable. We had simply exhausted all of our options and they convinced me we had to reach out for more help.
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