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Sens In Need Of Top 6 Forward

from the Ottawa Sun,

It’s not a case of if the Senators will trade for or sign a top-six forward, but when.

Senators coach John Paddock made that pretty clear yesterday when talking about the line combinations we could see when the Senators hit the ice for the first time in training camp today.

Apart from captain Daniel Alfredsson, Paddock doesn’t see anybody in camp capable of playing alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley and he doesn’t want to have to stack his top line. That lets the opposition load up their defensive assets against them (see: Stanley Cup final, Anaheim).

continued... yes, that Forsberg word is mentioned again…

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Sens Depth May Open Up A Roster Spot

from the Ottawa Citizen,

“I want to see some of our young players get some exposure, to have a chance to play with the better players in the organization and see where they fit,” said Murray.

“I hope that we’re anxious to make some changes if players are good enough to step up and challenge (an existing) player.”

Translation: If the Senators suddenly show they are 10-deep in NHL-quality defencemen, it allows Murray to consider the possibility of trading an existing player to improve the forward ranks.

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Gerber Plans To Battle For Starting Goalie Spot

from the Ottawa Sun,

Goalie Martin Gerber has worn a black mask void of any Senators logos when he’s skated with teammates at the Bell Sensplex.

Anything significant there?...

So, as some have suggested, is the blank mask a silent statement of Gerber’s desire for a trade, like the plain white one Martin Biron wore in Buffalo last year (he was finally moved at the trade deadline)?

“That’s B.S.,” said Gerber, who has been getting ready for Ottawa’s training camp, which begins today….

“My personal goal is to get back in net, get as much ice time as possible, as quick as possible. I’m here and ready to go. At the end of the season I said (to Murray), ‘I need to play.’ I want to play. It doesn’t matter where it is at this point. I have to be playing to get my career going again.’ Those were the words we had.”

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Ottawa Hopes To Start The Season Strong

from the National Post,

You can’t win the Stanley Cup in the first month,” said Spezza, whose 1.31 points per game over the past two seasons rank fourth in the NHL behind San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers. “It’s a process. You go to camp to get better, and when the season comes, you have to peak at the right time. I mean, we were 13th in the East at one point last year.”

“We all learned a lot, it was a good experience,” said winger Dany Heatley of last season’s run to the Cup final. “I don’t think we’re complacent. Maybe some teams in the past were, but I think we’re hungry. I’ve been back a few days to scrimmage and it’s a pretty good pace. I expect we’ll come out hard. We still have a lot of young guys, hungry guys, and maybe that’s different from other teams. Hopefully, we start the season with a bang.”

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Redden Remains Focused Despite Trade Talk

from the Ottawa Citizen,

From a financial point of view, Redden is also fully aware of the perfect storm that faces Senators general manager Bryan Murray next summer, when Redden, left-winger Dany Heatley and centre Mike Fisher can become unrestricted free agents. At the same time, Meszaros, centre Jason Spezza and wingers Antoine Vermette and Patrick Eaves will be restricted free agents.

Something has to give in Murray’s salary-cap equation by next summer, if not earlier.

Redden would appear to be the most likely option to move, considering the weight of his salary. While he exercised his no-trade clause to prevent a move to Edmonton, the possibility that he will be moved will probably remain until the trade deadline in February.

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Emery Hopes To Play In 2-3 Exhibition Games

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

His recovery remains on schedule, he said, and a consultation with the doctor isn’t necessary. Emery will get input from athletic therapist Gerry Townend and team doctors before deciding when to go full out.

“(There’s) no setback. I know where I’m at. Things are going well. I’m getting stronger. I’m getting mobility back. There’s still some discomfort and it’s still not at the point where I think I should go all out yet,” he said.

“I want to be really strong so even if that means taking a couple more days (off), whatever the best way is to go about it, I’ll do that after I talk to Gerry and the coach and get everyone’s input on things. I know when I’m ready….”

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Mike Fisher Nursing Sore Groin

from the Ottawa Sun,

Fisher injured his groin in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final May 30 against the Anaheim Ducks and thought a summer of rest would take care of the problem. It hasn’t.

“It was giving me problems all summer. I thought it would go away and it didn’t,” said the 27-year-old, who is entering his eighth NHL season and is coming off a 22-goal, 48-point season.

“I think we’ve got it sorted out the last few weeks. There’s nothing torn, but there’s a chance I could miss part of camp. I might have to skate on my own for a bit. I can’t get in there full bore just yet.”

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Sens Owner Suggests Leafs Get Competitive

from the Toronto Sun,

Eugene Melnyk has a novel idea to spice up the Battle of Ontario.

How about if the Maple Leafs got into the playoffs for a change?

“You would like to see the Leafs competitive,” Melnyk, the owner of the Ottawa Senators, said. “I think they are making changes that will make them more competitive. They have to. We’ll see what happens. (The rivalry) does lose a little lustre, but it is still there and it will continue. But hopefully it never gets reversed and we keep winning.”

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Emery About To Face Lawsuit

fromm Sun Media,

Jean Therien says he feared for his life as the white Hummer he had accidentally cut off on the freeway Wednesday morning began jerking into his lane, forcing him to swerve to avoid it.
He says his heart raced when the Hummer stopped in front of him on an off- ramp and an enraged Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery got out of the truck and approached his car, yelling at him through the passenger side window.
“He started calling me ‘You f—-ing old bag of bones, you f—-ing sh—’,” said Therien, 65. “He said, ‘You tried to put me in the ditch.’ I said, ‘No. I did not.’ “

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Gerber Not Moving Yet

from the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday he’ll try to accommodate the veteran goalie’s request for a trade, but he’s told Gerber and his agent Gilles Lupien they’ll have to be patient because there are no trade talks going on.
ROSTERS ON HOLD
While sources say the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes both had a mild interest in Gerber—who has two years, $7.4 million remaining on his contract—rosters are on hold until teams figure out what they want to do after training camp is over at the end of the month.
“I’ve talked to some teams,” said Murray. “There is nobody at this point that has indicated they can take on a goaltender or needs one….”

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