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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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Senators Recall Goaltender Brian Elliott

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators today recalled goaltender Brian Elliott and assigned defenceman Matt Carkner to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

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A Fragile Team

from Sportsnet,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson admits that a big part of his team’s struggles this season are a result of his team’s inability to overcome adversity and show mental toughness.

“We’re very fragile,” Alfredsson said on Friday afternoon. “When we get a goal against us, we get away from our game plan. We don’t follow through and trust. It’s individual mistakes and when we make them, we can’t overcome them.”

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Hartsburg Calls-Out Top Players

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Craig Hartsburg accused his best players of costing the Senators the game last night.

At this rate, it won’t be long before they cost him his job.

Following a 6-4 loss to the Bruins, Hartsburg took direct aim at his top players after the Senators fought back from a two-goal deficit only to find a way to lose ... again.

The Senators limped home with just three of a possible 16 points on their eight-game road trip (1-6-1) after captain Daniel Alfredsson handed the puck to Boston centre David Krejci to allow a decisive go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Then, four mintues later, Jason Spezza was knocked off the puck by Chuck Kobasew, who set up Marc Savard with what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

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