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Redden Meets His Old Team

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Wade Redden can finally turn the page on his career with the Senators tonight.

The former Senators defenceman is getting accustomed to life in Manhattan, but he’ll get his first real look at Broadway tonight when he makes his debut on the New York Rangers blue line against his ex-teammates.

Redden, who spent a decade in an Ottawa uniform, isn’t sure how he’ll feel when he looks across the ice at all the familiar faces, however, he’s excited about the possibility of suiting up for New York.

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Players With Something To Prove

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Here’s a list of those who have come to camp this week hoping, in some cases against hope, for another opportunity to find themselves worthy of a smile from the Powers That Be.

Martin Gerber and Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators

Or is it Alex Gerber and Martin Auld? The Senators will try to cobble a Frankenstein goaltender out of the bits of two still-young men who separately once held great promise but can’t seem to make the pieces of their game fit. The gods wreaked havoc with goalie Ray Emery’s head last season and had so much fun that they also messed with the minds of Gerber and, in the offseason, the defense that will play in front of him. Sens GM Bryan Murray brought in Auld to provide support for the always fragile Gerber, but Auld is a bit of a mind-games victim himself.

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Senators Stress Team Identity

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Hartsburg was brought in this summer after Murray finished last season behind the bench following the firing of former assistant-turned-coach John Paddock at the end of February. The Senators were in free fall and Emery’s chronic lateness became a recurring sideshow.

“We want to be a good team. We’ve got some great players, but now it’s about being a good team,” said Hartsburg, who was to have a meeting with the players last night to tell them what was expected of them this season. “People sacrifice in some areas and people doing things maybe they don’t like to do, but enjoying it even though they don’t like it. That’s how you become a tight group.”

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The Structured Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“(The players are) kind of on pins and needles themselves wondering what it’s going to be about, but to me we want to make sure people understand that there’s going to be an identity and type of game that we want to play,” said Hartsburg.

“Everybody is going to be asked to play within that structure. A guy like Jason Spezza, who is a gifted offensive puck handler, there’s room for that. Cody Bass and (Shean) Donovan, there’s room for them in our structure and a need for both type of players. There’s going to be good structure and the team is going to take a lot of pride in the work part of the game. We want a mentality that we can defend and we can attack.”

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Jarkko Ruutu Welcomed In Ottawa

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Along with a player like Sean Avery (who topped the SI poll) of the Stars, Ruutu sets the standard when it comes to agitating in the NHL.

“I guess you could say so. That’s why I get paid a lot, I’m sure,” said the 33-year-old. “I don’t think they want me to score goals. I have to play with my strengths and not try to do too much other stuff. Obviously, you want to score when you get the chance.

“I have to prove myself every night. That’s the key. Whether you have a 10-year contract or not, it doesn’t matter. You have to put yourself in situations where you can make the difference in the game. That’s what’s fun about the game in Canada. You can’t get away with stuff like taking a night off.”

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It’s All About The Presentation

from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,

Not knowing how long Kuba might be in town (he said he’s probably heading to Ottawa on Sunday), I figured I’d try to catch up with the soft-spoken Czech defenseman to get his thoughts on the trade and how everything went down….

This is what he had to say: “The way it was presented to me at the time, I knew even if I said no [to the trade] I wasn’t going to stay here on the team,’’ he said. “So it didn’t make any sense to say “no I’m going to stay’’ and then know I’m going somewhere else anyway.’’

This was one of those ear perk type moments when you start trying to read between the comments and begin to wonder, what does he mean by the way things were presented to him

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Break Up The Big Line

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

New head coach Craig Hartsburg hasn’t tipped his hand about potential line combinations for the Ottawa Senators this season but Daniel Alfredsson believes that he will be taken off the top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley - at least to start the season.

“I have an idea that I don’t think we are going to play together to start with,” Alfredsson said Monday, following an informal skating session at the club’s practice facility. “I think we are going to try and split up. That’s the idea I got from Craig and we’ll see how that plays out.”

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Isbister Signs With Sens

from Marketwire,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed forward Brad Isbister to a one-year, two-way contract.

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Best Of The Northeast

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard

more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.

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For The Good Of The Game

from Canwest News Service via the Ottawa Sun,

Before Meszaros was traded, the Bolts had told Murray they were prepared to give him an offer sheet, worth in excess of $5 million US per season, but Tampa Bay didn’t have the necessary compensation -_first-, second- and third-round choices in the 2009 draft - to make it happen.

But Murray says he’s glad the deal worked out the way it did because it would have served to drive up the salaries of defencemen similar to Meszaros.

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