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Senators Haven’t Done Much

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

As season turned to post-season turned to off-season, Joe Public and his friends have not witnessed the Senators getting any better.

And that’s only because they’re not.

The team’s response thus far to a tailspin that saw it barely qualify for the playoffs, then leave quickly and quietly under the guidance of the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Replacing one of the all-time leaders in coaching victories with a man who has not been a bench boss in the NHL yet this century, adding a backup goalie and third- or fourth-line winger.

The Senators have also bid farewell to the best defenceman in franchise history, the only goalie that ever took them to the Stanley Cup final and one of the best fighters in the Eastern Conference.

read on

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Sens Looking For ‘D’ Help

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two league executives told Sun Media yesterday that Senators GM Bryan Murray could have a trade for a blueliner worked out in the next couple of days.

The whisper among NHL executives is Murray was busy working the phones yesterday with offers on the table for Sharks defenceman Kyle McLaren and Ducks blueliner Mathieu Schneider.

read on

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Senators Sign Jarkko Ruutu, 3 Years

via TSN’s tracker:

Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Jarkko Ruutu to a three-year, $3.9 million contract.

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Senators Re-Sign Shean Donovan

via the TSN tracker:

Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Shean Donovan to a two-year contract.

Update 2:46pm ET: More details to provided on this TSN page.

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Alex Auld Signed by Senators

From TSN’s tracker:

Ottawa signs UFA goaltender Alex Auld to a 2 year deal worth $1-million (per season)

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Lalime Would Enjoy Playing For Ottawa

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The thought of pulling on a Senators jersey again is exciting to Patrick Lalime.

“I would love to go back, for sure,” he said yesterday. “It’s a very nice place to play, they always have a very good team.

“I had a great time there and I would love to go back.”

The thought of signing the top goalie in franchise history is enticing to Senators GM Bryan Murray, who needs an affordable backup plan and is currently in the process of redecorating the dressing room with character individuals.

continued

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Ottawa Has $5M To Spend

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Barring a trade of someone bigger than Brian McGrattan, Bryan Murray figures he’ll have about $5 million (all terms US) to wave at an unrestricted free agent next week.

That would likely take him out of the Brian Campbell sweepstakes—unless the former 67’s star is willing to accept less salary to play in the nation’s capital next year….

The Senators’ primary need is for a puck-moving, offensive defenceman, and if Campbell is out of their range, Murray is expected to concentrate his efforts on Michal Rozival. The 29-year-old Czech has posted back-to-back seasons in the 40-point range for the Rangers. He made $2.3 million last year.

more on the Senators…

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Sign Roberrts

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

First Ray Emery, now Brian McGrattan.

In less than a week, the Senators have sent two of Jason Spezza’s best friends packing.

As a trade-off, it’s only right that GM Bryan Murray now brings in one of Spezza’s Toronto buddies.

That Gary Roberts guy would work just fine.

continued

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Brian McGrattan To Phoenix

via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes on Wednesday traded a fifth-round pick in 2009 (acquired from Boston last season) to the Ottawa Senators for big right wing Brian McGrattan.

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Ottawa Needs Goalie & Defense Help

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With goaltender Ray Emery officially gone after clearing waivers on Saturday, Murray is expected to bring a goalie to stand behind No. 1 Martin Gerber next season.

Two viable options are Pittsburgh Penguins’ unrestricted free agent Ty Conklin and Edmonton Oilers’ Dwayne Roloson….

Goaltending isn’t the only issue Murray has to deal with: The club is looking for help on the blue line. They’re one of the teams interested San Jose defenceman Brian Campbell, but there’ll likely be a bidding war involving several teams.

more on the Senators…

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