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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.
from the Ottawa Senators,
OTTAWA – This past season our fans witnessed the remarkable and historic rally of their Ottawa Senators to overcome the largest regular-season point deficit in National Hockey League history to successfully qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
During this spectacular comeback many of our fans noticed the unusual absence of the Senators’ number one fan and team owner, Eugene Melnyk.
Mr. Melnyk has consistently remained very private on matters of a personal or family nature.
Today, the club wishes to share with the hockey community and our fans that Mr. Melnyk has been sick and battling major health issues since mid-January. Since then, his medical care and treatment have been the sole focus for him and his family.
Mr. Melnyk was admitted to hospital three weeks ago as a result of the onset of liver-related complications. He has undergone a comprehensive medical assessment and it has been determined that Mr. Melnyk is in urgent need of a liver transplant.
Mr. Melnyk’s family has actively reached out to his close friends and broader family with the hope of identifying someone who could be a “live liver donor”. This process involves the removal of a portion of the living donor’s liver so it can be transplanted into the recipient patient.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
The re-signing of coach Dave Cameron to an extension is a foregone conclusion. Murray says the team played to its strengths after Cameron replaced Paul MacLean in December, looking like a faster team while spending less time in its own zone.
Murray’s dream, as it has been for sometime seemingly, would be to add another proven front-line scorer, saying “if we could add one more piece up front, it would make a huge difference in our team.” Again, a trade could be the most likely route to acquiring such a high-profile player.
As usual, though, there are budget concerns. The Senators will need to re-sign restricted free agent forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Alex Chiasson. They have Colin Greening, David Legwand and Chris Neil under contract next season, players who finished the season on the sidelines.
“I believe we will have (a higher budget), but we won’t be a cap team, I don’t think we have to be a cap team, if we do it right. We have a big summer ahead of us, with our restricted (free agents). We have to move a couple of guys – for their benefit, as much as ours.”
The door, Murray says, is also open for former captain Daniel Alfredsson to join the front office, in some capacity. Alfredsson watched Game 5 and Game 6 of the Montreal series beside Murray.
“Not management, necessarily. We’ve talked to him about getting involved, learning the business, spending a little time,” Murray said.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
These Ottawa Senators were not a team of destiny.
They were something much, much greater than that.
There was nothing mystical or magical behind an improbable run that captured imaginations in the nation’s capital. No, this was simply about sacrifice and togetherness and belief — qualities they should be commended for despite a six-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I’m extremely proud of this group,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said after Sunday’s 2-0 heartbreaker. “You look at not just the results, but you look at the commitment and you look at the blocked shots and you look at the compete level and you look at the professionalism, you look at how they handled the day-to-day stuff. …
“I think when we get over the (disappointment) and look back we’ll feel pretty good about what we accomplished here.”
The Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 thus winning the series 4-2.
They will play the wtnner of the Detroit/Tampa series.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
This is the moment of reckoning for the Montreal Canadiens.
The NHL's second-best team in the regular season with 110 points never has garnered the kind of respect and belief from the rest of the hockey world that the runners-up to the Presidents' Trophy would normally get. Perhaps some of that is the new age of parity in today’s NHL, where there are truly no longer any great teams by yesteryear’s definition.
But more than anything, it’s the perception, fair or not, that Hart Trophy front-runner Carey Price cooked the books all year long and provided a mirage in the standings, lifting the Habs to a place they truly don’t belong.
And so with the Ottawa Senators now breathing down their necks with that knowing look in their eye, the Canadiens are faced with their first real adversity of the entire season.
Unlike the Sens, who have played like there's no tomorrow for two months, the Habs have coasted comfortably from Day 1 in October, never once losing more than three games in a row all season.
They’re in the frying pan for the first time. And all those people around the league who don’t believe in them, from the analytics community to just old-school scouts, are waiting breathlessly to jump on them over the next few days if they blow a 3-0 series lead.
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