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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators want to use their off-season to sell season tickets and if they don’t get a deal done for Spezza while teams are engaged in the process this could be another summer-long saga.
“The player has signed a contract. I would suspect that there will be further conversations,” said Murray.
“This is not a deadline by any means. We don’t start hockey until mid-September.
“We have a number of things that could happen. It’s just a matter of having conversations with the right people. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t we have a really good player on our team.”
This doesn’t mean a deal is dead by any means, however, Murray is willing to be patient to get what he wants that wasn’t on the table here.
Kesler is the best player available in Philadelphia, a point driven home every time you hear someone suggest Jason Spezza is a backup plan.
The idea of Spezza leading a Western Conference team through the playoffs is laughable, which is probably why both Chicago and Anaheim have continued to pursue Kesler.
-Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks trying to trade Ryan Kesler.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
One thing in l’Affaire Jason Spezza that has become clear is that Spezza is no Dany Heatley. What isn’t so clear is whether or not Spezza actually asked for a trade out of Ottawa. Senators GM Bryan Murray maintains that Spezza did, those close to the player say that isn’t exactly the case.
According to sources close to Spezza, the scenario went down a little differently than it’s being portrayed. In his exit interview with Murray, Spezza laid his cards on the table. He told Murray that if the Senators were intent on a quick rebuild and were in the acquisition mode in terms of bringing in top-end talent, he wanted to be a part of it. But if the plan was to tear down the roster and rebuild the team with young players and draft picks, it might be best for the organization to maximize his value now and that he would not stand in the way of a deal involving him, provided it was not to one of the 10 teams in his modified no-trade clause.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray spoke with the media this morning and updated them on all things Sens, including Jason Spezza.
Watch 10 minutes of Bryan Murray below...
While we wait for the NHL talk to pick up, I would like to ask you two questions.
Where will Jason Spezza end up?
The same question on Ryan Kesler, what team will trade for Kesler or will he remain in Vancouver?
Regarding Spezza, supposedly he has listed some teams he will not accept a trade to. They include teams located in Canada, the Panthers, Blue Jackets and maybe a few more.
Kesler also has a list of teams he doesn't want to be traded to.
Since both players can somewhat control their destiny, it does make it more difficult to trade but I believe both will be moved.
How about you?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
One Canadian team has reached out to try to get Senators' captain Jason Spezza.
He likely doesn't want to go there.
League sources say the Calgary Flames have made a pitch to the Senators for their top centre but what they're offering and the destination itself make the chances of a deal happening slim.
While Flames' GM Brad Treliving deserves credit for trying to make a splash and rebuild, sources say Spezza has no desire whatsoever to stay in Canada and has told the Senators as much.
Sources say the Flames, Canucks, Oilers and Jets are among those on Spezza's list of 10 teams where he doesn't want to end up. The status of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens isn't known but he wouldn't be dealt to either of those places.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the National Post,
Jason Spezza has requested a trade, and Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray says he’ll try to make that happen.
“I don’t want to trade the guy, really, and I know I won’t get the value, in all likelihood that I should get for him,” Murray said Wednesday after the NHL general managers meeting. “But I think that Jason feels maybe there’s a change that he would like to have happen, and if that’s the case we’ll try to do what we can.”...
Murray said that a few teams have already asked about Spezza, even though Wednesday’s meeting was too busy to advance many talks. He expects trade chatter to pick up in the next few weeks leading up to the draft, which runs June 27 and 28 in Philadelphia.
If the Senators do trade Spezza as has been speculated for some time, it would likely not be for just prospects and/or draft picks.
“Obviously I’d like to win a hockey game next year, so getting a player back that can play in the league, that has played in the league, would be important,” Murray said.
a bit more plus some talk from Dale Tallon and David Poile...
added 9:55am, from Ian Mendes of TSN,
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The latest scuttlebutt on who's going where and why as another big season of free agency approaches:
It has the potential to be quite the offseason when it comes to high-profile centers changing teams.
We always say top centers don’t grow on trees and are hard to come by, well, there are at least two on the market in Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza and it remains to be seen how it plays out on the Joe Thornton front.
First, in Vancouver, where the Canucks went fairly down the road in trade talks involving Kesler before the March 5 trade deadline, in particular with the Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins, before deciding the offers weren’t good enough and pulling him back.
The question is, what’s the deal with him now given the new management in place in Vancouver?
Sources said new Canucks GM Jim Benning has already taken calls from teams on Kesler, if for no other reason than they’re wondering if he’s still available or not....
Spezza, with a year left on his deal, indicated to Senators management that he would welcome a change if a deal that makes sense comes Ottawa’s way. I suspect talks will heat up on that front closer to the draft later this month.
And, in San Jose, the Sharks have indicated they are entering a rebuilding mode. What does that mean for Joe Thornton, who signed a three-year extension earlier this season? Does he want to be around for a rebuild? Either way, Thornton holds all the cards with a no-movement clause. Same goes for Patrick Marleau, for that matter.
more on Kesler and other topic too...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Ales Hemsky's stay with the Senators was likely short and not so sweet because he may not be back in an Ottawa uniform next season.
League sources told the Sun Tuesday talks between the Senators and Hemsky's camp have broken off and unless there is a change of heart on his part he's expected to test the UFA market on July 1.
The 30-year-old Senators winger, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers at the deadline in exchange for two draft picks, was believed to be looking for a deal in excess of $5.5 million per-season from the club.
Sources say the Senators were not prepared to make that kind of offer and there was also concerns he's determined to test the market."
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is spearheading an international movement to boycott the products of major sponsors, including Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch InBev, until the 2018 World Cup is moved away from Russia.
Melnyk, always outspoken about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, is livid at the hypocrisy of FIFA — soccer’s governing body — for allowing the country to stage the tournament while Russian president Vladimir Putin is waging war.
“(Putin) has no right to have that,” Melnyk, chairman of the Advisory Committee for United with Ukraine, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Melnyk suggests Putin is trampling on the tournament ideals of global unity and peace.
“It goes against every possible theme of soccer and the World Cup and what it’s supposed to stand for,” he said....
Melnyk’s parents escaped Ukraine and met in Toronto in the early 1950′s and he grew up hearing countless stories about the Soviet invasion of their homeland. His paternal grandmother was thrown out of her home by Soviet officials. Melnyk has supported a variety of causes and charities in Ukraine. He distrusts Putin and worries about the country’s future.
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