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Murray Wants Equal Value For Heatley

from TSN,

(Bryan) Murray stated that he would like to get a deal done before next week’s draft in Montreal but despite the “off-year,” Murray realizes it will be difficult to get equal value for a sniper of Heatley’s caliber.

“I’m just not going to let him just walk away for nothing as you know. Whether we get the ideal trade or not that is one thing but I have to get something good for this organization coming back.”

The agent for Heatley has also submitted a list of teams that the two-time 50 goal scorer was willing to go to, however Murray stated that list will not necessarily be stuck with if he is unable to find the right deal.

“If he doesn’t want to be in Ottawa and there is team that offers me a deal that I think is a better deal obviously I have to put some pressure on them to accept that or he may end up playing back here.”

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Senators Now Have An Executive Leadership Team

from the Ottawa Senators, OTTAWA –

Senators Sports & Entertainment owner and chairman Eugene Melnyk today announced the creation of an executive leadership team. Current president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar will be leaving his post at the end of his contract on June 30, 2009.

“Roy Mlakar’s leadership over the past 13 years has been an impressive journey of achievement and success,” said Melnyk. “Roy has worked in professional sports for nearly 40 years. That depth of experience and leadership, along with his constant compassion and support for Ottawa’s many charitable organizations has contributed greatly to defining the Ottawa Senators and our relationship with our community and our fans….

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Bonus Hangs Over Heatley’s Head

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two league executives confirmed to Sun Media yesterday that if the high-scoring winger isn’t dealt by July 1, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk will be on the hook to pay Heatley a whopping $4-million bonus (all terms US), even if he doesn’t play for Ottawa next season.

Coupled with the $10 million Heatley received as part of the terms of the six-year, $45-million contract extension he signed in October 2007, Melnyk will have shelled out a total of $14 million over the past year to Heatley, who had only 39 goals and 33 assists for 72 points last season.

Not only is the bonus costly for the Senators, both executives indicated it could “seriously hamper” GM Bryan Murray’s ability to move Heatley before the NHL draft June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Bad Timing Dany

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Talk to Dany Heatley once and you understand you’re not talking to a MENSA candidate.

That’s okay. As probably more a few coaches have told Heatley along the way: don’t think, it just hurts the team.

But where Heatley really kept his synapses in reserve this time was his timing concerning a request to have his hockey contract traded to another NHL club.

I get the part where he doesn’t want to live in Ottawa. Neither would I. I get the part where after being allowed to freelance continuously during his years as a heroic Senator he might chafe at the notion of being asked to play a larger team game.

Geez, if he’d known he’d have to play in three zones he’d have asked for more money.

No, the part where I don’t get Heatley’s timing is when it comes to the fact that just about every Canadian hockey player is trying to be on their best behaviour these days in hopes that Steve Yzerman might find them worthy of being part of the Olympic effort next winter.

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Heatley Won’t Be Missed

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Don’t shed too many tears over what is now the inevitable departure of Dany Heatley.

The Senators will be better off without him.

Sure, his goals will be missed. But the millions the team saves on his salary will buy back some goals, and maybe even some character.

That last quality, Heatley lacks….

Some team will give up some talent and devote a large chunk of its cap budget to you.

If not, I fully expect you to hold out of camp next September, until a deal is worked out. You remind me a lot of Alexei Yashin, Dany.

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added 2:04pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Speculating about the possible destination of Dany Heatley, in the aftermath of his trade demand from the Ottawa Senators, will eat up much time between now and the NHL’s entry draft in 16 days’ time. Two factors will make it difficult for Senators’ GM Bryan Murray to make a good trade for the disgruntled forward:

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Report- Heatley May Want Out

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Is Senators winger Dany Heatley seeking his ticket out of Ottawa? Sources tell me that is the case.

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, who, according to those sources, has been notified of Heatley’s desire for a change of scenery, is mulling his options. Murray could retool the Senators’ roster by moving Heatley.

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How About This One?  Spezza For Thornton

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

It was suggested to me this morning by a friend in the business that the Senators and Sharks might want to consider a 1-for-1, high-profile trade that would give each team a significant shake on the heels of a disappointing season:  Jason Spezza for Joe Thornton.

Spezza, who is 25, is listed as 6-foot-2, 206 pounds. He has 418 points in 404 regular season games. He has 39 points in 40 playoff games. He’ll make $8 million for each of the next four years.
Thornton, who is 29, is listed as 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. He has scored 842 points in 836 regular season games. He has 53 points (and just 12 goals) in 76 playoff games. He’ll make $7.2 million for each of the next two seasons.

My opinion: The younger Spezza has more upside. But if the cap goes down, as expected, that salary could be a real handicap.

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Senators Sign Clouston For Two Years

from the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators are keeping Cory Clouston as their head coach.

The team announced today that they have signed him to a two-year deal, removing the interim tag from his title.

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Fisher On Underwood’s Mind

via Don Brennan of Off The Posts,

So much for any question as to the seriousness of the relationship.

Less than two months after Carrie Underwood dove to the floor so as not to be caught by TSN cameras at a Senators game in Nashville, the country singing superstar let the world know of her feelings for Mike Fisher.

In her speech moments after being named the Entertainer Of The Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Underwood thanked her family, thanked God and acknowledged the Senators’ centre.

“Mike baby, I wish you were here!” she blurted.

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Tocchet Not Happy

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

...But it wasn’t so much the loss that bugged the coach as Tampa Bay’s inability to generate outrage at a Senators team Tocchet said was challenging the Lightning physically.

“I’m just from the old school. When you get pushed around, you have to push back,” Tocchet said. “We’re accepting when guys on the other team are agitating and making a push. We need guys to push back. I’m not talking about dropping the gloves, just playing good, clean, tough hockey. Be abrasive. We need abrasive players on this team. We need guys lively on the bench, not just sitting there.”

It was all very evened and measured. But Tocchet showed his anger when he argued with referee Brian Pochmara late in the game after Lightning forward Ryan Craig was given two minutes for cross-checking Ottawa agitator Jarkko Ruutu across the chest and breaking his stick in the process. Ruutu got nothing despite going to his knees to avoid Craig’s check and sliding into Craig’s knees, both of which had surgeries.

“I just thought it was not professional,” Tocchet said. “I have a suit on, I can’t do anything about it. I wish I didn’t have a suit on.”

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