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Redden In Demand

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

An NHL source said yesterday that Panthers GM Jacques Martin—a former coach of Redden with the Senators—is going to take a hard run at signing the veteran defenceman off the open market.

The Panthers’ top priority in the off-season is signing a puck-moving defenceman and Redden, who struggled last year as the Senators’ highest-paid player, fits the bill.

The Panthers won’t be alone in their pursuit of Redden, who will likely have to take a cut anyway to sign with another NHL club, although only to the $5-million range. It’s believed the Blackhawks, Canucks, Predators, Flyers and, possibly the Maple Leafs have an interest in Redden.

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Pat Burns A Good Fit In Ottawa

from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Sun,

With Burns rumoured to be among the candidates for the vacant coaching position in Ottawa, could the world championships have been the start of a great relationship?

The thought had crossed the mind of Heatley and Senators centre Jason Spezza during the tournament, which wrapped up Sunday in Quebec City, with Canada earning a silver medal.

“We were bugging him a little bit about that. He’s a great guy and we’ll see what happens,” Heatley said Monday after returning to Ottawa, where he asked reporters if they had any scoops on who Senators general manager Bryan Murray may choose as his successor behind the bench.

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Senators Need A Babcock-Like Coach

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“They need somebody that’s firm but fair and a good communicator with the media,” said TSN analyst Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach, scout and player personnel director. “Somebody who is going to be a cut above.

“They’re going to come in there and know that it’s not a popularity contest. It’s about holding players accountable. It’s about making players better and it’s about making the finished product better.

“You want to make sure that you have the highest standards possible. A perfect example of a team that does that is Detroit. Mike Babcock holds his players accountable, communicates with the players and the media and works in an organization where the standards are so high that the players know if they don’t get to those standards, they won’t play. That’s what Ottawa needs: Somebody who can instil those standards.”

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Hard To Move Emery

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Even if they won’t admit it, the Senators know trading goalie Ray Emery just isn’t going to happen.

As a matter of fact, three league sources told Sun Media last week that dealing the enigmatic goalie is “nearly impossible” and the only option the Senators have is to buy out the remainder of Emery’s contract.

“I just can’t see anybody touching him with that deal. It’s a very high-risk situation for anyone who would want to get involved and nobody is sure if that is worth it,” a league executive said.

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Sens May Have Their Coach

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The top candidate to be Senators’ coach next season may already have the job.

While GM Bryan Murray has insisted he has no plans to return behind the bench next season, two league executives told the Sun yesterday they believe Murray has been asked to “at least consider the possibility” of doing both jobs by owner Eugene Melnyk.

Murray, one executive noted, “is a tremendous coach. He gets the most out of the players.”

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Pat Quinn Could Be A Fit In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The 65-year-old Quinn, who led Team Canada to gold at the U18 world championships earlier this month in Russia, told the Sun yesterday he’s healthy, happy and “not ready to retire.”

“I’m on the record as saying if there’s an opportunity, I would welcome the chance to coach in the NHL again,” said Quinn, whose last NHL coaching stint ended after the 2005-‘06 season, when he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I’m not ready to retire. I still feel good. My health is good and if there’s an opportunity I’m not going to pass it up.

“I’m not sure what’s happening in Ottawa and I haven’t had any discussions with anybody there. I do know they’ve got a strong team there and a talented group. I know the people there and I know how hard they’ve worked and what a great job they’ve done. I’ve never been the type of person to go canvassing for a job, that might have to be something I consider.”

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Sens Claim Burnout

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

“Obviously, there was a real slide in a lot of in areas,” Murray said, when asked how his team could go from being so good to so bad over the course of 10 months. “I think injuries were a part of it. I think discipline was part of it. I think fatigue, to a point.

“Talking to a couple of the main guys on our team yesterday, they felt that the hangover from the long run and very short summer (was a factor). I had a couple of players tell me that they would go home after practice and sleep for three hours, then get up, eat dinner and go back to bed early at night. They were really that played out.

“We don’t think of that, I don’t think of that ... (but) there’s no dynasties any more,” Murray said. “The competitive balance now, the pressure now, lots of things catch up to young people.”

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Bryan Murray Wants Emery Gone

From TSN,

According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.

The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season.  When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.

“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.

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Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:

Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”

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Emery Reflects on a Bad Season

From the CP via The Hockey News,

“I don’t take responsibility for the team losing in the playoffs, I’ll tell you that much,” Emery told a throng of media in the Senators dressing room. “I showed up late for practice twice this year and had an opportunity to still go on the ice and they told me to go home. When some other guys are late coming to the rink they’re just fine ...”

Emery has been blamed by many for ruining the chemistry on a team that many had picked to go back to the Stanley Cup final. But he disagrees that he was that much of a distraction.

“I don’t think I was a model citizen but in no way did I not encourage my teammates or take away from what they were trying to do,” said Emery.

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Update 3:48pm ET: Go here for video of Emery’s statements from TSN.

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Rebuilding The Senators

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Murray deserves his share of the blame for what’s happened to the franchise, but he also fits the criteria for director of the rebuild. He knows hockey and he knows talent and where he gets an edge is that he knows Ottawa’s problems from the inside out. Given Melnyk’s other problems, Murray is the guy Melnyk has to charge with fixing the Senators.

Goaltending will be a huge issue. Emery is as good as gone, likely via a buyout. That message was sent from the moment Murray nailed him to the bench in favour of Martin Gerber. Gerber wasn’t awful in the series, but he was never close to being a difference maker and if a team has Stanley Cup aspirations or even aspirations of making the playoffs (which will be both a singular and difficult goal for the Senators next season), that has to improve.

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