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From CP via Globe & Mail,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk got a surprise when he opened the newspaper Wednesday morning and read about the pending sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team is one of his favourite organizations in the NHL and he wasn’t expecting an ownership change.
Melnyk says he’s not sure why some owners are deciding to get out of the hockey business.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “It’s very interesting. I think what’s happening is that people have gone through seven, eight, nine, 10 years of ownership. I don’t know whether age is a factor or whether they’ve moved or what personal issues they have and why they’re selling. Maybe it’s for the money. A lot of these teams were worth half of what they’re selling for four years ago. Some people might simply be cashing in.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Oleg Saprykin, the winger acquired by Ottawa at the trade deadline, recently signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the Russian League.
That news doesn’t exactly break the heart of new Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who is glad to get out from under the $1.064-million U.S. qualifying offer tendered to Saprykin by GM John Muckler, prior to his firing in June
more on the Senators…
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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Luke Richardson is coming home.
The Sun has learned the 20-year NHL veteran has agreed to a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Ottawa Senators that includes a minor-league clause. Richardson, an Ottawa native, is expected to sign the deal in the next 24 hours and then a formal announcement will be made.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
A 24-year-old who will make $5 million from the Senators this season, Spezza says he has chatted with Heatley this summer and that both of them—while realizing the financial windfalls that await—are more concerned with consistently performing at a high level for a number of years.
Spezza also says he has not dwelled on the offer sheets presented Vanek and Penner, or the chance he could be getting one at some point during the dog days of 2008.
via the Ottawa Senators,
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed centre Chris Kelly to a one-year deal.
Kelly returns to the Senators for his third full season in the NHL. He recorded his best season in 2006-07, scoring 15 goals and adding 23 assists for 38 points in 82 games. The Toronto native also had seven points (three goals and four assists) while playing in all 20 post-season games.
from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
The first-place Buffalo Sabres lost two of their best players, and the Stanley Cup finalist Ottawa Senators fired their general manager and will have a new coach, but both teams will look a lot like this year, which should be enough to separate them from the division pack.
Early returns make Toronto look to be the best of the Northeast also-rans, which isn’t difficult since the Canadiens and the Bruins seem to be selling only hope these days.
read on for the grades of the teams in the Northeast…
from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,
“I knew that Bryan had talked to a few teams at the draft, but it surprised me at the time,” Redden told Sportsnet.ca from Kelowna, B.C. “He never came to (my agent) Donnie Meehan or myself and asked if I wanted to be moved.”...
“We’ll see what happens as the year goes. I know (Murray) has some decisions to be made with the free agents that will be coming up on our team,” he said….
“One thing that remains though, is that I have a no movement clause in my contract,” he continued. “So if he wanted to move me, I would have to okay it. I am happy there and am looking forward to this season. Especially after getting to the finals last year, I feel we can get there again.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray had Wade Redden traded last month.
But the deal was swiped off the table by the veteran defenceman.
“I’m not shopping him around at all,” Murray said yesterday when asked about the status of Redden, the team’s top paid player at $6.5 million (all terms US) a season and unrestricted free-agent eligible next July.
“I had a conversation at the draft, there was a deal I could go with, but (Redden) decided he didn’t want to be traded.
“That’s what a no-trade (clause) is. At this moment, Wade will be in Ottawa.”
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
“There are a few teams out there with $6-million goaltenders. I think we can handle it,” said Murray yesterday. “If something crops up for (Gerber), we’ll take advantage of it.”
Problem is, the Maple Leafs will be putting lipstick on their pig named Andrew Raycroft and golden oldies Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph are sitting out there in UFA land, too. The buyers have a few options. The Ducks would probably like to move Ilya Bryzgalov, too.
Despite the belief the Senators are overpaying for their goaltending situation in light of Emery’s new three-year, $9.5-million deal announced yesterday, the fact is the Senators still aren’t the team paying the most for their puckstoppers next year.
The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with defenseman/forward Christoph Schubert as the two sides have agreed on a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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