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from The Universal Cynic, the blog of Erin Nicks,
“Quite frankly, I find it amusing that the media has continued to talk about what’s going to happen after this great year, because I think the fans want to see what’s going to happen (this year).,,, I think the fans are really excited. They really don’t want to hear what’s going to go on a year from now.”
read on... and Nicks responds…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Alfredsson said he’s not sure if he pulls more weight than Leafs captain and countryman Mats Sundin, but indicated if Forsberg wants a realistic chance to win a championship then Ottawa would be a better choice than Toronto.
“I don’t know, but I think our situation should be able to catch (Forsberg’s) eye,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “Looking at the team we have and the opportunity we have here, I’m sure he’ll realize how close we were last year and he could be the one who could add that little bit of extra confidence for us.”
Senators GM Bryan Murray, who is trying to add a top-six forward, has spoken with Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, three times and has also asked Alfredsson to phone Forsberg and talk up Ottawa.
According to RDS (not translated), Mike Fisher will be signing an extension for 5 years, $21M.
added 12:28pm, TSN concurs…
via the Toronto Sun,
While the Maple Leafs make their pre-season debut in Edmonton tomorrow, Jeff O’Neill sits and waits.
Could the free-agent sniper, who spent the past two seasons with Toronto, be headed to the Ottawa Senators?
O’Neill’s agent, Ian Pulver, told Sun Media yesterday that discussions have been held with Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
“Jeff O’Neill continues to review all of his options,” Pulver said.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
While the Senators would undoubtedly be overjoyed if No. 12 experiences a healthy and fully productive season in 2007-08, they surely must realize that if Fisher comes away with a newfound goal scoring vigour, he could easily price himself out of the franchise’s range by next summer. Keep in mind that the Senators already have their backs creeping against the wall before the season has begun, with similar players such as Scott Hartnell landing a six-year, $25.2-million (all terms US) contract with Philadelphia. It’s a safe bet to assume that many GMs would willingly cough up a Hartnell-type salary—an average of $4.2 million per season—for one of Ottawa’s greatest assets. In fact, several would probably consider that number as a starting point.
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…
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.
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.”
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.”
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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