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It’s All About The Presentation

from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,

Not knowing how long Kuba might be in town (he said he’s probably heading to Ottawa on Sunday), I figured I’d try to catch up with the soft-spoken Czech defenseman to get his thoughts on the trade and how everything went down….

This is what he had to say: “The way it was presented to me at the time, I knew even if I said no [to the trade] I wasn’t going to stay here on the team,’’ he said. “So it didn’t make any sense to say “no I’m going to stay’’ and then know I’m going somewhere else anyway.’’

This was one of those ear perk type moments when you start trying to read between the comments and begin to wonder, what does he mean by the way things were presented to him

read on

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Break Up The Big Line

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

New head coach Craig Hartsburg hasn’t tipped his hand about potential line combinations for the Ottawa Senators this season but Daniel Alfredsson believes that he will be taken off the top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley - at least to start the season.

“I have an idea that I don’t think we are going to play together to start with,” Alfredsson said Monday, following an informal skating session at the club’s practice facility. “I think we are going to try and split up. That’s the idea I got from Craig and we’ll see how that plays out.”

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Isbister Signs With Sens

from Marketwire,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed forward Brad Isbister to a one-year, two-way contract.

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Best Of The Northeast

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard

more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.

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For The Good Of The Game

from Canwest News Service via the Ottawa Sun,

Before Meszaros was traded, the Bolts had told Murray they were prepared to give him an offer sheet, worth in excess of $5 million US per season, but Tampa Bay didn’t have the necessary compensation -_first-, second- and third-round choices in the 2009 draft - to make it happen.

But Murray says he’s glad the deal worked out the way it did because it would have served to drive up the salaries of defencemen similar to Meszaros.

read on

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Senators Get Ryan Shannon

from MarketWire,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired right-winger Ryan Shannon from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat.

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  Tags: lawrence+nycholat, ryan+shannon

Too Much For Meszaros

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Even those of us who believes that defenseman Andrei Meszaros is a good fit for the Tampa Bay Lightning believe they paid too much to get him.

While Meszaros has the most potential of anyone included in the deal between Tampa and Ottawa, it’s my assessment that the Senators have spun a bad situation into a good deal for their hockey club.

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Meszaros Wanted Too Much Money

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“It got to the point where the dollars were just too much for us,” Murray said in a conference call last night. “We thought it was at a point where we weren’t going to be able to do it. I wasn’t able to make the adjustment with my salary structure.

“The last two years, (Meszaros’ play) has left a lot to be desired. I know Filip Kuba well and he’s really going to help us. I know he’s excited about this change. As for Picard, he’s local guy with a lot of potential. We feel good and the first-round pick is also going to help us.”

Murray said Kuba, Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov and Jason Smith will be club’s top four blueliners this season.

more

added 2:25pm, from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Andrej Meszaros to a six-year contract today, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced.  Meszaros was acquired from the Ottawa Senators yesterday in exchange for defensmen Filip Kuba and Alexandre Picard as well as a first-round draft pick in 2009 (previously acquired).

“The acquisition and signing of Andrej is a strong statement to our players and our fans that the Lightning ownership group is committed to putting the best product on the ice now and for years to come,” Lawton said.

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Meszaros Traded To Tampa

via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators have traded defenceman Andrej Meszaros to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defencemen Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and a first round pick (previously acquired from San Jose).

Update 8:39pm ET (alanah): Also noted at the TSN link is this contract info—

Sources add that Meszaros is expected to sign a six-year contract with the Lightning averaging $4 million a season.

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  Tags: alexandre+picard, andrej+meszaros, filip+kuba

Meszaros Talk

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Two high-ranking NHL sources confirmed to THN.com Friday that the Lightning are extremely interested in bringing the restricted free agent defenseman to Tampa Bay, but because they currently do not have their own 2009 third round draft pick that would allow them to sign Meszaros to an offer sheet, Tampa’s attempts at acquiring him may have hit a roadblock.

From there, the picture gets a little less clear….

Lightning management has been completely rebuffed by Pens GM Ray Shero, who does not wish to be even remotely associated with an RFA offer sheet.

Because of Shero’s reticence, the source said, Tampa Bay has been attempting to finalize a trade for Meszaros with Senators GM Bryan Murray that would not include the first, second and third round picks necessary for an offer sheet to work. But, according the source, Murray currently has “no impetus” to work out a trade for the 23-year-old blueliner.

but wait, there is more...

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