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Senators Not Sure It They Are Buyers Or Sellers

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Schubert has been the most often mentioned defenceman in trade rumours, there is a strong belief Kuba, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is making $3 million US, might be the club’s most attractive commodity. Several teams—including the Rangers, Devils, Flames, Flyers, Canucks, Panthers and Stars—are looking for blue-line help.

“I don’t know how much (the Senators) are going to be able to do,” said a league executive. “It’s so difficult to make deals right now. Not only does it have to be dollar-for-dollar, there’s no chance you can afford to take on salary.”

It will be up to the players to decide what direction Murray takes. Following yesterday’s action, the Senators are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, 13 points behind the eighth-place Panthers.

Ottawa has teased its fans by earning five points in the last three games.

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Alfredsson Pays Off Bet

from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,

Maybe Daniel Alfredsson will never learn.

The Ottawa Senators captain happily paid the price for betting against Team Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2009 IIHF World Jjunior Championship. With his eldest son Hugo in tow, Alfredsson arrived on a snowmobile Monday afternoon to make good on a friendly wager with teammate Shean Donovan.

The two sides put a fun bet on the table for the tournament’s final game at Scotiabank Place. If Canada vanquished Alfredsson’s beloved Sweden, then the Senators captain had to clear off the snow from Donovan’s backyard rink. A victory by the Tre Kronor would have put the shovel in Donovan’s hands.

continued with a picture of Alfie shoveling off the rink…

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Ryan Shannon Not Happy Playing In The AHL

from Steven Buono of the Darien Times,

“Yeah, I’m not happy about being in the AHL,” said Shannon during the league’s mid-season break this week. “I am trying to get (ahead), play my best.”

The current turmoil could help, with possibly a second call-up as the Sens inevitably open the tool box wide and start throwing every hammer and wrench at their dilemma soon.

“I just continue to work on my craft, to get to play in the NHL,” said Shannon, who is the B-Sens alternate captain and leading scorer with 10 goals, 26 points in 25 games. “I think of myself as an NHL player. And hopefully it’s just a matter of time before I am back.”...

“I felt that my first game they were happy with what I did,” Shannon said of his strong effort vs. the Islanders at Scotiabank Place on Nov. 13. “But, the Ottawa organization right now is going through a lot of, trouble, so… Who knows what is going to happen.”

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No Plans To Trade Spezza

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

Jason Spezza has been a lightning rod for criticism in Ottawa this season, but Senators general manager Bryan Murray has no intention of trading his superstar centre.

“I don’t know that you’d ever not trade anyone, but Jason is not on the trading block,” Murray told Sportsnet prior to Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens. “He is a guy that you should be able to build a hockey team around.”...

“He’s a good player on this hockey club. I don’t know how you acquire another guy like this if you trade him away,” continued Murray. “My intent is not to do that. I think the core here is a good core. We just have to help them a little bit in a couple areas.”

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Trying to Move Around the Money

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

With Gerber’s current cap hit at $3.7 million, he is virtually untradeable for the Senators. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, the Senators could find a team looking for some goaltending depth for the last two months of the season. Any team wanting to trade for Gerber would owe him $1.4 million for the remainder of the season if it made a deal Feb. 1.

And there’s absolutely no way any team is going to commit that kind of cap space to Gerber. But what if the Senators were willing to pick up half - or more - of the remainder of the contract? Then Gerber might be a more viable option.

The only problem is that isn’t allowed under this collective bargaining agreement.

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TSN Panel Chimes In

from TSN,

Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question No. 1: Is Jason Spezza part of the problem or the solution in Ottawa?

Keith Jones: He is part of the solution. He’s only 25 years old and has a tremendous amount of upside and skill is the key word….

Bob McKenzie: I agree. Spezza needs to be part of the solution. There’s no question he’s had some shortcomings and flaws in his game but are the fatal? No, build your team around what he gives you offensively and fill in the holes. Defensively and all the rest of the things you need elsewhere.

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No Relation Between Salary & Production

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The woods are full of theorists who say Mike Fisher’s lack of production is related to a contract that pays him $6 million this season and a total of $21 million by the time it expires in 2013.

Mike Fisher says that’s hogwash.

“I signed the contract before last season, and I had the most goals I’ve ever scored (23, in 2007-08),” the Senators centre said before the 500th game of his NHL career.

“I don’t really see it as that. What you make or whatever, to me it doesn’t affect how

I play or how I work. I’ve done a lot of the same things (this season). It’s been frustrating. I know I’m going to get out of it. I’ve been a streaky scorer at times. I just need a few to get me rolling, and things will be fine.”

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Murray Worried

from TSN,

“It’s not a very good situation if you are talking about making the playoffs,” said general manager Bryan Murray on Monday. “I’m worried about winning tomorrow night and that’s at this stage of the year, the way we are playing or winning or losing - that’s what we have to worry about. We’re not in very good position for a playoff spot to be realistic. I think we can win some hockey games in the near future, I’m hoping, get some confidence back in this club and get rid of the frustration for all of us.”

And Murray, whose team is already 19 months removed from its trip to the Stanley Cup Final, knows that there is pressure on him to make big changes.

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What Will The Senators Do?

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

GM Bryan Murray—still on the job despite a flurry of rumours of imminent change—returned from scouting meetings last night and is expected to deal with the goaltending and coaching situations today.

It’s not out of the question Martin Gerber, a healthy scratch Saturday night as rookie Brian Elliott got the start, has played his last game as a Senator.

Speculation is that Gerber will be placed on waivers with an eye toward sending him to Binghamton to take Elliott’s spot, but no action is likely until Murray sits down and talks with Gerber, likely today.

It is also not clear if owner Eugene Melnyk will be willing to eat the approximately $1.8 million remaining on Gerber’s contract to have him toil in the minors, though it would take his salary off the books at the NHL level.

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Senators Running Out Of Options

from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Option 1 didn’t result in a much-needed victory, though Elliott was good in his debut.

General manager Bryan Murray has found Option 2 impossible to pull off.

How long before team owner Eugene Melnyk goes with Option 3? The rumours certainly won’t be going away any time soon, thanks to another demoralizing defeat.

The disappointment was all over coach Craig Hartsburg’s face as he faced the media afterward.

“I thought it was an even game, we just couldn’t score,” he said. “We had our chances, couldn’t finish … it’s a tough game coming back after a long road trip and I thought our guys, we tried, we executed a lot of things, just maybe didn’t have that extra energy we needed.”

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