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Marc Methot Dealing With A Bad Back

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Methot couldn't participate in Friday's skate test, but practised Saturday and played in Sunday's intra-squad game. He has not participated in any of the team's four exhibitions since, nor was he able to take part in Thursday's practice.

While negotiations on a contract extension for Methot have hit a standstill, there exists rumours the Senators are looking to trade him. Meanwhile, on Thursday MacLean labelled Methot a "top pairing" defenceman that is "virtually important to the success" of the team.

"We've tried to really monitor this, and be on top of this," MacLean said of Methot's injury. "Is it frustrating? For Marc, it is frustrating. For myself, we need him on the ice healthy, not 80 percent. At the start of the season we need players at 100 percent. When I say 70 or 80, I'm using that as a general term.

"In Marc's situation, he has something that's keeping him off the ice and we're trying to make sure we get it taken care of before the season starts. We're not going to just shovel him out there, just to have him out there. We want to make sure he's going to be able to do the things that he can do. We need him to be all that he can be, not just out there at 70%."

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Bobby Ryan Under Observation For Possible Concussion

from Don Brennan of the OTtawa Sun,

Top scoring right winger Bobby Ryan was held out of the last half of Sunday's red-white match after he had his "bell rung" in a collision with his centre, Kyle Turris.

Ryan won't play in either of Monday's pre-season games against the New York Islanders, as doctors want to make sure he doesn't experience any concussion symptoms.

"It was a broken play," said Ryan. "Turrey was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other. I think we both had a pretty good head of steam and never saw each other. I just took it right in the chin.

"It was alarming, I guess, is the right word for it. They were very, very cautious and just said let's calm things down right away. It used to be you get it rung and you go right back out. That's where protocol was put into place, because of all the incidents in years past. When I talked to everybody real quick they said it wasn't worth it to go back out in those conditions. Let's just call it a day and re-evaluate (Monday)."

Ryan said he hasn't had a concussion in a long time -- so long ago he can't remember.

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Marc Methot Wants To Stay In Ottawa But Do The Senators Want Him?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators and Marc Methot are just $300,000 per year apart in negotiations on a contract extension.

It seems to be either a very workable gap or an excuse for Ottawa to solve its blueline logjam by trading the veteran defenceman.

Methot is beginning to think the latter.

"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," a disappointed Methot told the Sun Tuesday.

Entering the final season on a contract that has a $3 million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 million salary, Methot, an Ottawa native, is willing to sign up long term for what he feels is a "hometown discount."

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Bryan Murray On The Ottawa Senators

from TSN,

Every team wants to start its season on the right foot, but general manager Bryan Murray says training camp this season is vitally important for the Ottawa Senators.

"Maybe, we were too comfortable," he told TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. "It looked to me that - the year before we had a lot of injuries and a number of the key guys didn't play very much - we came to camp with a full group, maybe we thought we were going to be better than we were going to be and, certainly, we didn't compete at the same level. There's no question. Maybe there was a comfort that the stars were back, so the other guys didn't have to work so hard."

Murray, heading into his eighth year at the helm of the club, insists that things will be different this season.

"At the end of last year, we had a long, intense meeting with all of management and coaching staff," he explained. "This year, a week ago, we had a sit-down again to review what we had talked about, but also have some objectives going forward starting with training camp and the first visit we have with our players. There's no question that we have a plan that we think it's going to allow our players to be more productive."

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Watch the one-on-one interview Bob McKenzie had with Murray. At the beginning of the video, Bryan Murray discusses his health and says he is feeling OK now.

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More Teams May Go With Three Associate Captains

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... the Habs may not be alone in this kind of decision this season. Just down the highway in Ottawa, the Senators are mulling over the exact same situation after trading captain Jason Spezza to Dallas this summer.

"That’s the thing we’ve talked about a lot so far," veteran Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com Monday. "We’ll [go] through a big part of training camp anyway before we decide. But our thought certainly has been that we’ve got two alternates right now in Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, and probably just add a third "A," not sure who it will be yet, rather than name a captain.

"But that’s not final yet. We may still decide at the end of the day a captain is necessary. We’ll see. We’ve got young guys like Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris who are certainly coming [leadership-wise]. Having three "A's" is a not bad thing, though."

Karlsson, one would think, will be captain of this team one day. But he’s probably not yet ready for that responsibility. So the Sens need a bridge decision here, too.

Sometimes it can last more than a year. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t had a captain since trading away Rick Nash in July 2012 and they aren’t making apologies for it, either. 

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All Paul MacLean

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

SUN: It looked like the potential never met production last year?

MACLEAN: "We look at a lot of stuff. We watch video, we look at the analytics of how our team is rated, and we have a lot of really good numbers and a lot of good really good video clips of how our team plays when they play well. Unfortunately, we also have a lot of really bad video clips of how we turned over pucks, how we took bad penalties and how we made bad decisions that really hurt us. A large part of a lot of games we played really well, but there was 5-to-7-to-10 minutes that we found a way to do things that caused us to give up goals."

SUN: What do you want this team's identity to be?

MACLEAN: "The team is going to set the identity. We really feel with the team we have right now the search for the identity is going to be way quicker. Training camp is about getting to that identity and getting to it right away so you can have success. We had a conflict of identities last year: It took a long time to get it to the point that we knew where it was. Our team play wants to play fast, we want to play 200-feet, but our biggest change is when we don't have the puck we want to work. We want to work way harder, smarter and be more tenacious. Our competition level, one-on-one, on a nightly basis wasn't good enough. If we can fix that, we can fix a lot of things."

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Bryan Murray Talks Contract Status Of Bobby Ryan And Marc Methot

from TSN,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is confident he'll be able to sign two of his top players, but nothing seems to be imminent.

Murray spoke to CTV Ottawa regarding the contract status of forward Bobby Ryan and defenceman Marc Methot, two players entering the final year of their deals.

"In both cases, I think they want to be in Ottawa, they certainly want to get paid according to the marketplace in their minds," said Murray who is entering his eighth season as GM in the nation's capital.

Murray noted that they will not speak to Ryan regarding a new deal until the season gets underway. Last year, Ryan tallied 70 points during his first season in Ottawa.

"I think he [Ryan] wants to see how important of a role he can play in Ottawa and he tells me he likes it and will do a deal, but he wants to figure out where he's going as far as his career and his opportunity in Ottawa," explained Murray.

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Let’s Make Some Noise Ottawa

from Chris Hofley of the Ottawa Sun,

The Red Scarf Union will have some backup at Ottawa Senators games this season.

With the organization looking to expand the fan experience at Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators have targeted 10 games this season to try out a new, soccer-esque, official supporters section at the arena.

The Senators are dedicating section 319 -- already home base for the Red Scarf Union, the team`s official fan group -- as a section in which fans will be encourage to stay standing, scream chants and generally create as much, uhh, fandemonium as possible.

"It's time to change the culture," tweeted the Red Scarf Union in announcing ticket pricing and targeted games for the fan section and listing some of the rules of engagement.

 

If things don't go well on the ice, do they become houligans?

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Patrick Lalime On The Ottawa Senators

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

The 40-year-old Lalime, who holds the Senators franchise record in career wins, said he thinks Anderson will come into training camp with top billing but that the two players will push each other in a healthy competition.

Anderson, 33, posted a pedestrian .911 save percentage last season but recorded an NHL best .941 in the lockout-shortened 2013 season just two years ago.

“I think Craig’s gonna be the go-to guy to start with. I know Robin can do the job -- I have no worries he can do the job. I think the good thing is they have them signed for a pretty good price,” said Lalime, who will join TVA this season as an analyst. “They have two good goaltenders and they can make a decision based on that a little easier. I think Anderson is the guy starting but I know Robin, once he gets his chance he’ll run with it.”

Lalime said the team’s main challenge will be in scoring, especially making up for former captain Jason Spezza, who was traded to Dallas this summer in a package that included Alex Chiasson going back to Ottawa in the deal. 

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Ottawa Senators Sign Craig Anderson To A Three-Year Extension

 

added 9:56am, Press release is below...

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