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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray may want to trade Gerber, but he can’t cut off the nose to spite the Senators’ face.
It will require a delicate balancing act to ensure that Ottawa’s net and wallet are not left sparely filled—and it’s a move that could set the tone for Murray’s tenure as GM in this city.
However, don’t be surprised if the other shoe fails to drop before Emery’s situation is settled.
After all, who knows how much longer Gerber will reign as the highest paid goaltender in the city?
Right now, there’s no clear-cut answer on how to deal with Gerber.
But if Murray finds him too difficult to unload, with Emery standing by in the meantime, palms outstretched, the solution may be thrust upon the GM far quicker than he expected.
from the Ottawa Citizen via the Star Phoenix,
A bigger problem for Murray is what to do with the $7.4 million due to backup Martin Gerber in the next two seasons. Murray has talked to a couple of NHL clubs with interest, but they want to dump similar contract burdens this way, so Murray wouldn’t be any farther ahead.
“Maybe later in the summer, when it comes time to talk trades and balance rosters, something can be done,” Murray said. “We need two goalies here, and Martin is a good goalie. If we have to pay his salary, then that’s how it will be. If we can move him, there could be a few million dollars left to add a player.”
Murray said that under no circumstances would he send Gerber to Binghamton of the American Hockey League just to get his contract off the salary-cap books. The Senators would still have to pay Gerber’s full salary and would still require an NHL-experienced goaltender as Emery’s backup.
more on the Sens negotiation with Emery…
from Business Wire,
2K Sports announced today that Jason Spezza, first-line center for the Ottawa Senators, has been named cover athlete and official spokesman for NHL® 2K8, 2K Sports’ top-rated NHL video game for five years in row*.
“It’s a great honor to be the NHL 2K8 cover athlete,” said Jason Spezza. “The NHL 2K series has always selected some of the best players in the NHL and I’m really excited to follow in their footsteps of representing the finest hockey video game title this year.”
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau headline the list of potential 2008 unrestricted free agents.
Of the three, Heatley’s numbers over the past two years have been staggering. Back-to-back 50-goals seasons, one hundred plus points, comparitively he blows Briere, Gomez and Drury out of the water….
Heatley’s agent J.P. Barry is expected to meet with Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray this week to discuss Ray Emery’s extension with the Senators. Heatley’s future is likely to come up, but unless Eugene Melnyk has the money truck parked outside Scotiabank Place, this negotiation isn’t even close to being finalized.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After making $925,000 last season and helping the club reach the Stanley Cup final, Emery is going to have a strong arbitration case and Murray knows it. That’s why Murray doesn’t want to risk Emery scoring an award of $4.5 million in arbitration. Ideally, the Senators would like to ink Emery to something similiar to the three-year, $8-million deal that Cam Ward signed with the Hurricanes last summer.
more on the Sens including Gerber asks to be traded…
from the Ottawa Senators,
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has named John Paddock as its sixth head coach in franchise history. Murray also confirmed that assistant coach Greg Carvel, strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee, and video coach Tim Pattyson would remain on the club’s coaching staff.
From Yahoo Sports,
After Bryan Murray led the Ottawa Senators to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance last season, he’s ready to appoint someone to help get them the championship.
Murray, who gave up his coaching position to become Ottawa’s general manager on June 18, will introduce the team’s new coach at a news conference Friday morning at 11 a.m. EDT.
No mention has been made of who Murray’s successor will be, but many believe assistant coach John Paddock will receive the nod.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has named Brent Flahr as its director of hockey operations.
Flahr’s responsibilities include scouting operations, planning and day-to-day hockey administration. Flahr will also work closely with general manager Bryan Murray and assistant general manager Tim Murray on all daily departmental functions.
More from CP via TSN
From Bruce Garrioch,
The Senators’ No. 1 goalie in Binghamton next season might carry a huge price tag.
While it’s still two months to training camp, Senators GM Bryan Murray could be toying with the idea of sucking up Martin Gerber’s $3.7 million (all terms US) salary and sending him to the club’s AHL affiliate if Murray is unable to trade him.
While the Senators would still be on the hook for Gerber’s salary if they sent him to Binghamton, it wouldn’t count against the $50.3-million salary cap.
If Gerber’s contract is off the books, it would allow the Senators to make moves in the NHL’s free-agent market.
From Kerry Collins at The Forum,
One day after becoming the latest ex-Moorhead High School player to sign an NHL deal, [Brian Lee] the 20-year-old defenseman was still understandably excited.
“I’m ecstatic about it. I was all smiles the entire night after I signed the contract,” said Lee in a phone interview. “It really is a dream come true for me.”
Lee – the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft – was at the Ottawa Senators’ annual development camp for the past week.
He went in a college kid, and came out with a three-year deal worth $850,000 per season, if he plays in the NHL. He also has a lucrative bonus package attached and got an $85,000 signing bonus.
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