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Emery Could Be RFA Target

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Because of his age, Emery might be the only attractive restricted free agent out there. Should Emery be offered a contract worth less than $4.5 million per season, all it would cost the team making the offer is a first-, second- and third-round draft pick in 2008.
If you think that’s a high price to pay, think again.
That’s pretty much what the Toronto Maple Leafs gave the San Jose Sharks to get goalie Vesa Toskala before the first round of the draft on Friday at Nationwide Arena.
Conversations between agents and teams for restricted free agents can begin today, but no offer sheets can be tendered until July 1. There are plenty of teams—including St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay—looking for goaltending help.

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Preissing Likely Cashing Out of Ottawa

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators’ blue line could look vastly different next season.
While GM Bryan Murray continues to listen to offers for Wade Redden and shops Joe Corvo, the agent for Tom Preissing indicated his client won’t return to the club.
“It’s not likely (Preissing) will be back in Ottawa,” Ben Hankinson of Octagon Hockey told the Sun in an e-mail before last night’s NHL entry draft at Nationwide Arena.
An unrestricted free agent on July 1 who made $600,000 (all terms US) last season, Preissing will be priced out of the Senators market in any case.
It’s believed the 28-year-old defenceman will draw plenty of interest on the open market and will attract offers in excess of $2.5 million.

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Dean McAmmond Re-Signs with Sens

From Market Wire,

The Ottawa Senators today re-signed veteran centre Dean McAmmond to a multi-year agreement.
McAmmond, 34, joined the Senators for the 2006-07 season as a free agent on Aug. 2. He recorded 14 goals, 15 assists and 28 penalty minutes over 81 games. McAmmond also contributed eight points (5 goals; three assists) and 11 penalty minutes in 18 post-season games.
In 14 NHL seasons, McAmmond has collected 393 points (164 goals, 229 assists) and 414 penalty minutes in 804 career games. He also has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 37 post-season appearances.

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Devils to Deal Gomez?

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

The Oilers and Flyers could be trying to land a big one before tonight’s NHL draft.
League sources say both teams may have made calls to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello about acquiring the negotiating rights to centre Scott Gomez, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
It’s believed the Oilers, who have three first-round picks, can offer the most attractive package to the Devils.

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Wade Redden a Wanted Man

From Bruce Garrioch at Slam!

Wade Redden has declared he wants to stay with the Senators, but it hasn’t stopped teams from knocking on Bryan Murray’s door.
While the Senators GM confirmed yesterday he’s had “a couple” of inquiries about the future of the veteran defenceman in Ottawa, sources say Murray has been holding intense discussions with Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.
With Round 1 of the NHL draft set for tonight at Nationwide Arena, there was talk the Senators could send Redden and winger Antoine Vermette to the Oilers for centre Shawn Horcoff and defenceman Jason Smith. It’s believed the Senators would prefer winger Joffrey Lupul over Horcoff.

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Ray Emery Under the Knife

From Darren Dreger at TSN,

Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery will undergo surgery Thursday afternoon at a Cleveland clinic to repair a partial tear of the meniscus in his wrist.
Rather than risk a complete tear, the decision was made to undergo surgery now.
Emery, who suffered the injury in November, is expected to require two to three months to recover.
The Cayuga, Ontario native is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. He made $925,000 this past year and has arbitration rights.

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Redden Hopes To Remain A Sen

from the Ottawa Sun,

Redden told the Sun he doesn’t want to waive his “no trade” clause, would like to return to Ottawa next season and is willing to talk about a contract extension with GM Bryan Murray.
“Obviously, I have to speak with Bryan and find out where he’s at because he just took over,” said Redden yesterday. “But I’m sure (agent Don Meehan), myself and Bryan will be speaking over the course of the next little while.
“I know I’m an unrestricted free agent next summer, but I definitely want to be back there. I don’t want to go anywhere. I’m really excited about being (in Ottawa), especially after the year we had.”

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Possible Gerber Destinations

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While searching for a coach will be one of Murray’s top priorities, he will also try to deal G Martin Gerber before Friday’s draft. It’s believed before Muckler was fired, he was in talks with the Coyotes and Kings about a deal involving Gerber. The belief is the Coyotes are demanding that the Senators take D Derek Morris and his $3.9-million price tag for next season.

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Roberts Could Still Land In Ottawa

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Seeing Gary Roberts in an Ottawa Senators uniform might not be a long shot after all….
Last February, when the Florida Panthers were shopping him before the trade deadline, Roberts indicated a preference for Ottawa or Toronto, since that would put him close to his 17-year-old daughter Jordan, who attends a boarding school in Toronto.
It’s believed Roberts would still like to play in Ottawa, but Curran wouldn’t offer a commitment.
“A number of people have speculated about Ottawa and they’re entitled to their opinions,” he said.
“But we haven’t committed to anything, whether we’re able to get something done in Pittsburgh at this late date or whether we’ll wait until July 1 to see what’s available.”

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Ottawa Coaching Candidates

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Murray is going to begin his search for a coach over the next few weeks and here are some likely candidates:
Senators assistant coach John Paddock, regarded by many as the top candidate, will be on Murray’s list. He worked with the club’s prospects in Binghamton and has a strong relationship with centre Jason Spezza as a result.
Former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth, one of the AHL’s most highly touted coaching prospects, has been with the Rochester Americans and is ready for an NHL job.
Former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will get consideration. He has kept in touch with Murray since being fired by Toronto last year and turned down a chance to coach the Bruins last summer because he wants a more established team. Ottawa might be the perfect fit for Quinn.
Former New Jersey coach Pat Burns, who led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003, is also ready to return to coaching after going on a hiatus because of a bout with cancer

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added 7:11am, from the Ottawa Citizen,

If the call hasn’t already been placed, expect new Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to begin his search for his own successor by dialing the 519 area code to find former NHLer Dale Hunter in London, Ont.
Whether Hunter answers Murray’s call is another matter.
Hunter, who turns 47 next month, was one of Murray’s favourites with the Washington Capitals after being acquired in 1987-1988 from the Quebec Nordiques for a draft pick that was eventually used to select Joe Sakic.

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