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Donovan Talks Sens

from the North Bay Nugget,

He (Hartsburg) is going to take control of the room pretty good and just make sure we do things right, get the proper rest and be ready,” said Donovan, who expects to play a similar role with the Senators under Hartsburg.

I’m 33 now, so I try to be more of a leader in the room, but at the same time, you want to be that third-line player who goes out there and shuts other teams down and plays a good role.

I think they (team management) knew the big boys got pretty tired last season, so they want to make sure we get four lines going, because teams that win now have four full lines.”

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Sens Need Some ‘O’ On Their ‘D’

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Look no further than the last two Stanley Cup champions to see what every coach preaches: Successful teams get offence from their defence.

The Red Wings’ “Top 6” (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja) combined for 209 points during the 2007-08 regular season. And that’s with missing 49 games between them.

The year before, the Ducks were the beneficiaries of 206 points from six of their most- used blueliners (Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin, Sean O’Donnell, Joe DiPenta and Kent Huskins).

The Senators stack up like peanuts to coconuts by comparison.

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Vermette Likely Done In Ottawa—UPDATED

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Unless a deal was reached late last night or one gets struck some time this morning—very much a possibility, either way—Antoine Vermette (and/or agent Allan Walsh) will today stand before an arbitrator opposite Senators GM Bryan Murray (and/or another team representative) as both sides pitch their case in a contract dispute over the worth of the 26-year-old forward….

The belief here is that Murray, outraged at the way the Senators disappeared meekly from the 2007-08 campaign, is still determined to do what he can to give the team more of a facelift. The belief here is that he has tried and will continue to try to peddle Vermette for a grittier player and, not wanting to be the Lightning north, attempt to give his team at least one defenceman with some offensive talents.

The belief here is that no matter what happens today, Vermette won’t be a Senator by the time the season starts.

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update 10:05am, via the Ottawa Sun,

Antoine Vermette has avoided arbitration, the Sun has learned.

Sources say the Senators centre agreed to a two-year, $5.525 million contract this morning. He will make $2.525 million next season and $3 million in 2009-10.

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Decision Time For Vermette & Senators

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.

Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.

If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.

Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.

read on

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Evening Line

“I’ve lost some good friends in the last couple of months,” he told reporters on the course. “I think we expected it. Any time you lose out early you expect it.”

-Jason Spezza

more from Spezza at TSN...

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Senators Hands Are Tied Right Now

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

With trade speculation and denials surrounding the Ottawa Senators continuing to run fast and furious, the only given in the situation is that general manager Bryan Murray currently has his hands tied financially in his efforts to make further changes.

While the club’s current payroll is approximately $47 million U.S.—$9.5 million to $10 million shy of the NHL’s salary cap of $56.7 million—Murray doesn’t have any room to manoeuvre. At least until there’s some movement in the status of restricted free agents Antoine Vermette and defenceman Andrej Meszaros.

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Regarding all the rumors involving Ottawa, yes we are aware that a well known hockey forum and a hockey entertainment site had posted both Jason Williams was a Senator and Chris Neal had been traded.

Numerous emails from KK readers asked why we did not mention them and our response was they were not true.  You may not realize it, but we do have a system of checks and balances at KK, we want to keep our readers informed of what has happened in the hockey world but will not post trades or signings that DID NOT happen.

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Emery in the Hot Seat on OTR

From TSN, some must-see TV tonight:

For the first time since the end of the Ottawa Senators’ season, Ray Emery will face the media, as he sits down for a one-on-one in-depth interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg, airing tonight on Off The Record (OTR) at 6 p.m. ET.

The interview, a special extended two-part Up Front segment, also marks the first time the controversial goaltender has spoken publicly since being bought out by his former NHL club and joining the new Russian Continental Hockey League.

The show can be watched live on TSN in Canada, or on video which will be provided online here after the show has concluded.

added 7:13pm (Paul), Here is the direct link to watch Emery on OTR…

Update 8:09pm ET (alanah): Waiting for Stanley breaks down the high points of the interview.

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  Tags: ray+emery, tsn

Sens Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“As far as I know Bouwmeester is not the guy that Jacques Martin is offering up,” said a league executive yesterday. “Bouwmeester is the guy they’ve got to build that team around. I haven’t heard his name being offered around in a trade, not even once.”

Instead, the group of blueliners Martin is trying to deal is a lot less attractive to NHL GMs. The indications are anybody can have Florida defenceman Mike Van Ryn, who is scheduled to make $3.35 million the next two seasons, for just a draft pick…

The Senators held brief discussions with C Jason Williams, but are studying other options for a Top 6 forward.

more on the Sens…

added 10:31am, via Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,

I took plenty of calls from people asking me Saturday if the Senators had signed Jason Williams.
The quick answer: No.
The reality: They held one brief conversation with Williams and decided to go in another direction. The Senators simply can’t afford to sign anybody to a contract at the moment….

Antoine Vermette’s agent Allan Walsh has denied his client has asked for a trade and wants to work out a long term deal.

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Sens Missed Out On Konopka

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

In the last 20 years, there have been few, if any, athletes to pass through Ottawa possessing more character, grit and toughness than Zenon Konopka.

And yet this week he was able to repeatedly drive along the 417, right by the Senators’ front door—an unrestricted free agent who would have jumped at an invite inside—before finally leaving town as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

What an absolute shame.

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Running Out of Money

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

That means Ottawa only has $9.8 million left to sign winger Antoine Vermette and defenceman Andrej Meszaros while it searches for a second-line winger and a puck-moving defenceman.

The Senators usually like to keep $1 million for injuries or a possible move at the trade deadline, so Murray is in a bit of a pickle as he awaits Vermette’s arbitration case.

A league executive predicted yesterday that based on Vermette’s 24 goals and 29 assists last season, he’ll probably be awarded around $3.5 million in arbitration. The executive said the $3.75-million average salary R.J. Umberger, who had 13 goals and 37 assists last season, recently signed for with Columbus is a good comparison.

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros, antoine+vermette, arbitration, salary+cap

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