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added 2:26pm, via Chris Lund of the Senators website,
Sens GM Bryan Murray had this to say about the signing...
David is a good, veteran centre. A guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice, he got 51 points this year. He's an experienced guy that can fill the top or bottom of the lineup. We believe he has been a captain and a leader so we know we're a good person. We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced centre that can be a decent face off man, be a good defensive player, get points was very important at this time.
Murray added this about potential additional Senators transactions:
We continue to talk, we've had discussions about a trade that has gone on for a period of time now, it's just a matter of if we can get satisfaction both ways. We probably will do something else but I do feel comfortable with the roster. I think that if we have to add we will but it looks like our young players that have been drafted by the organization and have developed within — we've got a couple of guys that are ready and if they get a chance I'm sure they'll perform very well.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Right now, the Senators are trying to find help up front after freeing up approximately $3 million in cash by moving Spezza to the Stars. More than one team noted Ottawa is working the phones.
Wiercioch is scheduled to make $2 million next season and coach Paul MacLean barely put him in the lineup last year. There is no reason to believe that will change."
The Senators are studying all their options for a centre. They've reportedly held talks with Detroit UFA David Legwand (along with several other teams) and checked on Vinny Lecavalier.
It's highly unlikely the Senators will be acquiring Lecavalier anytime soon. Yes, the deal has been talked about, but I'm told the chances of it happening aren't good and a trade isn't close.
He has four years left with a cap hit of $4.5 million per-season. The Senators have no interest in picking up that contract and if they did the Flyers would have to eat $2 million per season.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray on the moves the Senators made today.
Will Jason Spezza still be a member of the Ottawa Senators on August 1st?
Will Bryan Murray still be talking to the media, bemoaning the fact Spezza won't waive his no-trade clause, the one Murray signed him to, come August 1st?
If I could place a wager on Spezza staying or going, I would say he will be with the Senators in another month.
Teams know Murray has his back to the wall and offers for Spezza may continue to be less than what Murray wants in return.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
In the Senators perfect world, Spezza would have been dealt at the NHL draft for a package of players and prospects that the organization could sell as the next stage for the franchise. But when a possible deal with Nashville fell through because the Predators were on Spezza’s 10-team no trade list, the Senators are in limbo.
As a result, there’s plenty of uncertainty about the normal free agency decisions on what holes need to be filled, how wide owner Eugene Melnyk is willing to open his wallet and how to proceed with players who have one year remaining on their contracts.
That latter group includes Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson. After Spezza’s wish for a trade – the speculation is he made the request after failing to receive a commitment the team was willing to spend more freely in in pursuit of the Stanley Cup – those four are watching closely to see the next direction of the franchise.
“I don’t know, and that’s the problem,” Murray acknowledged, when asked about whether Spezza’s situation will effect his free agency options. “Always part of your decision is what can you spend and where does it fit and what do you get in return for a certain player.
“If you don’t know that, it’s harder.”
added 5:14pm, from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“I don’t get it. When you talk about winning and losing, I know you want to go to a team to win a Cup, but we’re as committed as anybody. Who knows, maybe we’re closer than anybody thinks."
“You have to sell your team all the time. But there are teams that are national TV or major markets. I get that. But what we have on the ice, what we have off the ice, no state taxes. There’s a lot of advantage to playing in Nashville. But you can ask Peter Forsberg what he thought about Nashville, or Paul Kariya, just to drop a few names of players who might be going to the Hall of Fame."
“I get it. That’s the way the world is right now. There’s a lot of entitlement."
-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators on Jason Spezza not wanting to play in Nashville. More from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy.
I wonder how many deals Bryan Murray turned down because he did not like the suggested trade?
Spezza has a right to say no to certain teams, just like Murray has a right to turn down trades.
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.
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