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Bryan Murray In Trade Mode

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray is selling. This week he’s going hunting for buyers ... for a player or two.

Murray said today he’s going to start working the phones to try and move a couple of players he feels are underperforming this fall. In part, his motivation is to open up a spot for centre Peter Regin, who is having a strong training camp. Another factor is to lighten the team’s contract load, which is currently very close to the league’s salary cap.

Ideally, the Senators would like to find new homes for defenceman Christoph Schubert and possibly centre Chris Kelly.

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Neil Gets Payback On Downie

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators finally got even with Steve Downie.

Dean McAmmond might be long gone, but Downie’s cheap shot from two years ago (earning him a 20-game suspension) wasn’t forgotten last night. Chris Neil nailed Downie, a Tampa Bay Lightning winger, with 6:04 left in the third period of a 3-1 pre-season win last night in front of a packed house at the Brandt Centre.

Neil was given a charging minor and game misconduct for his hit along the boards in the dying minutes.

“I didn’t get him as good as I would like to have,” said Neil. “He drops his gloves with me and then he says, ‘Oh, I’m not fighting.’ He tried to flip me. I got him with some good ones. I wish I got him with some better ones.

“I’m not concerned at all (about supplementary discipline). I finished my check. It might have been a little late. It was a clean hit. It’s one of those things. He was just lucky he was able to get me down before I got going.”

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Scoring An Issue For Senators

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s not a problem ... yet.

But the fact the Senators are still looking for their first even-strength goal and their first goal from a forward and have scored just two goals in two pre-season games has become a topic of conversation in the Senators camp.

As Senators coach Cory Clouston put it Thursday, it’s not “a worry, but it is an issue.”

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Morning Line

“I definately gave them a group of teams. Teams that I would definitely go to, and the Edmonton thing was not discussed up until that point. That just kind of came out of the blue. They knew which teams I gave them, that I gave them permission to do something with. Edmonton wasn’t on there… I’ll say San Jose was at the top of the list, they are a great team. I am excited to try to help this team win a Championship. As far as what I was looking for, I wanted a good situation, a good team, and a place where I can be the best player I can be. I think San Jose fits all of those categories.”

-Dany Heatley via Sharkspage where you can read more.

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Heatley May Have Had Issues With Former Teammates

from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Dany Heatley hasn’t revealed all of his reasons for wanting out of Ottawa yet, but a rift with certain teammates may have been one of them.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray suggested there was more than personal issues with coach Cory Clouston behind Heatley’s trade request.

“It wasn’t only Cory,” Murray told Toronto radio station The Fan 590 earlier in the day. “I think it was the role on the team a little bit, I think it was ice time a little bit, I think there was, you know, maybe it was the relationship with a couple of the individual players.”

Murray downplayed that assertion somewhat when he spoke to the Citizen later in the day, but confirmed it was among Heatley’s complaints.

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Cheechoo Excited To Be On The Ice

Jonathan Cheechoo answers questions from the media after his first day at Senators training camp.

thanks to to the Twitter of Erin Nicks for the pointer….

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Heatley Deal May Define Murray’s Career In Ottawa

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Cheechoo has to get back to the 30-goal range and Michalek has to increase his offensive output to justify his cap hit for this deal to come close to being a winner for the Senators.

The winner of this deal right now is the Sharks: They got a 50-goal scorer of questionable character, who, if he’s happy and motivated, is one of the best scorers in the league. All they gave up was a guy they were trying to dump and a young player who may or may not live up to his paycheque.

AN NHL SCOUT’S TAKE: “A tough deal for Bryan Murray to make. Michalek is a good player. Cheechoo just hasn’t been very good the last two years. Michalek is going to score 20 goals. The issue is always going to be that they gave up the best player and that’s Dany Heatley. He’ll go in there and burn it up. This could be the deal that defines Bryan Murray’s career in Ottawa.”

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Late Afternoon Line

“It was a little bit of a shock, but you look at it as a great opportunity go out and prove I can still do what I can do.”

“It’s a no-brainer for them (the Sharks). That’s somebody they targeted and you’re going to have to give up things to get things. To be part of that deal, I’ve got to go to Ottawa and show them they didn’t make a wrong choice.”

-Jonathan Cheechoo on the trade to Ottawa.  More from Cheechoo from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Heatley A Shark

from TSN,

Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley has gotten his wish.

The Ottawa Senators dealt the veteran forward to the San Jose Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.

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added 2:37pm,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

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Report- Heatley Deal Close

via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

...this could be a three-way deal involving the Hawks, Sharks and Senators for Heatley.

Sounds like a deal is going to get done today if it can all be worked out.

 

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