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Neil May Be Moved If Extension Talks Fail

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sun Media yesterday that he’s held talks with Neil’s agent, Todd Reynolds, about a contract extension, but the sides aren’t close to a deal and that could mean Murray will trade the 29-year-old Neil rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

“For both of our sakes I think it’s fair that we have an answer (by the trade deadline),” Murray said. “I mean, if we’re not close in dollars, then obviously we don’t want to lose players for nothing if we can help it.”

Neil, who is making $1.25 million (all terms US) this season, would not only be a valuable commodity on the open market, he’ll also be a huge asset at the deadline. It’s believed the Senators’ asking price will be at least a second-round draft pick and possibly a prospect.

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Ottawa Blame Game

From TSN:

According to the Camden Courier-Post, [former coach John] Paddock feels general manager Bryan Murray should be in the crosshairs if Senators owner Eugene Melnyk hands out any more pink slips.

“I think now he’s next in line,” Paddock told the Courier-Post. “We were 14 games over .500 when I was fired. They’re seven under now. Somebody needs to take responsibility for that. Whether the coaches he hired and fired were good or not, they’re his players and they’re either not playing good or can’t play, one or the other.”

But Paddock, who is currently the head coach of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, doesn’t think coaching is the issue in the nation’s capital.

“The players are not very good, that’s the problem,” Paddock told the Courier-Post.

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  Tags: bryan+murray, john+paddock

Mid-Season Coaching Changes

From Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated:

The Cory Clouston era kicked off in Ottawa this week.

The hope of the Senators and their fans is that the new coach, fresh up from Binghamton in the American Hockey League, will be the second coming of Bruce Boudreau, the veteran minor league coach who took over a foundering Capitals team and drove it to the Southeast Division championship on the final day of the 2007-08 regular season.

Not to be disparaging of an NHL newbie who was just getting his style unwrapped in the AHL, but I have a two-word view on that possibility: fat chance.

continued with a look at all the teams who’ve had coaching changes this season

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  Tags: cory+clouston

Senators Trade Options

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There will be a plenty of interest in winger Chris Neil and defenceman Filip Kuba, who are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

While Neil’s rugged style will appeal to a number of teams, Kuba has been the Senators’ top blueliner.

Sun Media has confirmed that the 31-year-old Kuba would have to approve any deal because he has a no-trade clause that he waived to come to Ottawa from the Lightning….

Ottawa will also get calls about the availibility of winger Antoine Vermette and defenceman Christoph Schubert, who have both been inconsistent this season.

Murray said he will consider trades for prospects and draft picks at the deadline.

“I was looking at our draft (record) from the last four or five years and they haven’t been great, but I feel good about last year. We have a chance to get a player or two out of each draft and that’s about all,” said Murray.

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Will Sens Learn Their Lesson?

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The move was less than a shock, considering Ottawa has been languishing at the bottom of the NHL standings for months. But it doesn’t speak to the real problem with the Sens – namely, the holy trinity of salary cap killers that is Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

Much like the Tampa Bay Lightning painfully learned, the Sens need to understand teams simply can’t devote the bulk of their cap room to three elite forwards and have enough left over to address the other needs of their team.

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Hartsburg Fired

from TSN,

Craig Hartsburg was fired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, only 48 games into his first season behind the team’s bench.

The final straw for Hartsburg might have been Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.  After the game, Hartsburg called his team out for not playing hard.

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Enough Mr, Melnyk

from The Universal Cynic,

TUC is still trying to figure out what Mr. Eugene’s deal is. One day he’s venting and applying completely inappropriate analogies to the Senators’ woes; the next he’s on the radio acting so sickeningly sweet and positive you’d think he was freelancing for Disney…or a chiropractor.

Look, I get that the guy has to pull for the team—after all, he’s the one who’s ponying up for them. But no one’s forcing him to open his mouth right now, and therein lies the rub. These days, Ottawa fans don’t want to hear that this team has a legitimate shot at a playoff berth, a lengthy post-season run, or God forbid, a Stanley Cup victory.

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What The Senators Need

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

How could anybody possibly suggest a team that has Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza doesn’t have the foundation for a rock solid team?

Now you may not be a fan of any or all of them, but there is no denying when they are on their game, they form one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Problem is, the Senators are so thin up front, coach Craig Hartsburgh has had to resort to separating the trio in an effort to spread the scoring around. That has not proven successful.

What the Senators need is really quite simple: Proven goaltending, a better defence and secondary scoring.

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Senators Come Up Flat Again

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg couldn’t find the single word to describe his team’s play last night.

We’ll do it for him: Atrocious, brutal, cruddy, deplorable ... you get the point.

The Senators reverted to the uninspired hockey that has haunted them so many times this season and they heard the jeers as they left the ice following a 4-1 loss to the Devils at Scotiabank Place….

“In the third period, we lost every battle. It wasn’t even close,” said Hartsburg. “When we talk about inconsistency in our game, that’s usually where it starts. It’s competing for pucks. We had a four-minute power play and never won a battle, never won a loose puck….”

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Murray Not About To Blow Up The Senators

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

With a leg dangling over each side of the fence, Bryan Murray claimed yesterday he is prepared to do both some buying and some selling.

But he also adamantly insisted he’s not about to put a stick of dynamite to the Senators roster.

“I read and hear the comments being made ‘blow up the team’ or ‘start over’ or ‘lose all the games so you can get the first pick’. I don’t think that does any of us any good at this point,” the Senators GM told an Ottawa media scrum yesterday. “Maybe four years down the road it may make a difference, but this year and next, I don’t think you people would be very happy writing and talking on a daily basis that we’ve gone into the tank or whatever….”

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