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What The Senators Need

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

How could anybody possibly suggest a team that has Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza doesn’t have the foundation for a rock solid team?

Now you may not be a fan of any or all of them, but there is no denying when they are on their game, they form one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Problem is, the Senators are so thin up front, coach Craig Hartsburgh has had to resort to separating the trio in an effort to spread the scoring around. That has not proven successful.

What the Senators need is really quite simple: Proven goaltending, a better defence and secondary scoring.

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Senators Come Up Flat Again

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg couldn’t find the single word to describe his team’s play last night.

We’ll do it for him: Atrocious, brutal, cruddy, deplorable ... you get the point.

The Senators reverted to the uninspired hockey that has haunted them so many times this season and they heard the jeers as they left the ice following a 4-1 loss to the Devils at Scotiabank Place….

“In the third period, we lost every battle. It wasn’t even close,” said Hartsburg. “When we talk about inconsistency in our game, that’s usually where it starts. It’s competing for pucks. We had a four-minute power play and never won a battle, never won a loose puck….”

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Murray Not About To Blow Up The Senators

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

With a leg dangling over each side of the fence, Bryan Murray claimed yesterday he is prepared to do both some buying and some selling.

But he also adamantly insisted he’s not about to put a stick of dynamite to the Senators roster.

“I read and hear the comments being made ‘blow up the team’ or ‘start over’ or ‘lose all the games so you can get the first pick’. I don’t think that does any of us any good at this point,” the Senators GM told an Ottawa media scrum yesterday. “Maybe four years down the road it may make a difference, but this year and next, I don’t think you people would be very happy writing and talking on a daily basis that we’ve gone into the tank or whatever….”

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Would Gerber Help Flames?

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

One of the things being discussed is the future of Ottawa Senators netminder Martin Gerber. He’s been waived by the team and is expected to meet today with Sens GM Bryan Murray to figure out what happens next.

The Flames are rumoured to be considering bringing the veteran in as insurance in case workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff succumbs to a late-season injury.

According to a colleague in the nation’s capital, the belief is the Flames might be interested if the Sens are willing to pick up half of the $1.5 million left on Gerber’s salary.

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via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

We said it before the season started and we’ll say it again now: Enjoy Michael Cammalleri the rest of the season, because on July 1, he’ll be a Toronto Maple Leaf, making almost as much money as Jarome Iginla.

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Senators Not Sure It They Are Buyers Or Sellers

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Schubert has been the most often mentioned defenceman in trade rumours, there is a strong belief Kuba, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is making $3 million US, might be the club’s most attractive commodity. Several teams—including the Rangers, Devils, Flames, Flyers, Canucks, Panthers and Stars—are looking for blue-line help.

“I don’t know how much (the Senators) are going to be able to do,” said a league executive. “It’s so difficult to make deals right now. Not only does it have to be dollar-for-dollar, there’s no chance you can afford to take on salary.”

It will be up to the players to decide what direction Murray takes. Following yesterday’s action, the Senators are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, 13 points behind the eighth-place Panthers.

Ottawa has teased its fans by earning five points in the last three games.

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Alfredsson Pays Off Bet

from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,

Maybe Daniel Alfredsson will never learn.

The Ottawa Senators captain happily paid the price for betting against Team Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2009 IIHF World Jjunior Championship. With his eldest son Hugo in tow, Alfredsson arrived on a snowmobile Monday afternoon to make good on a friendly wager with teammate Shean Donovan.

The two sides put a fun bet on the table for the tournament’s final game at Scotiabank Place. If Canada vanquished Alfredsson’s beloved Sweden, then the Senators captain had to clear off the snow from Donovan’s backyard rink. A victory by the Tre Kronor would have put the shovel in Donovan’s hands.

continued with a picture of Alfie shoveling off the rink…

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Ryan Shannon Not Happy Playing In The AHL

from Steven Buono of the Darien Times,

“Yeah, I’m not happy about being in the AHL,” said Shannon during the league’s mid-season break this week. “I am trying to get (ahead), play my best.”

The current turmoil could help, with possibly a second call-up as the Sens inevitably open the tool box wide and start throwing every hammer and wrench at their dilemma soon.

“I just continue to work on my craft, to get to play in the NHL,” said Shannon, who is the B-Sens alternate captain and leading scorer with 10 goals, 26 points in 25 games. “I think of myself as an NHL player. And hopefully it’s just a matter of time before I am back.”...

“I felt that my first game they were happy with what I did,” Shannon said of his strong effort vs. the Islanders at Scotiabank Place on Nov. 13. “But, the Ottawa organization right now is going through a lot of, trouble, so… Who knows what is going to happen.”

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No Plans To Trade Spezza

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

Jason Spezza has been a lightning rod for criticism in Ottawa this season, but Senators general manager Bryan Murray has no intention of trading his superstar centre.

“I don’t know that you’d ever not trade anyone, but Jason is not on the trading block,” Murray told Sportsnet prior to Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens. “He is a guy that you should be able to build a hockey team around.”...

“He’s a good player on this hockey club. I don’t know how you acquire another guy like this if you trade him away,” continued Murray. “My intent is not to do that. I think the core here is a good core. We just have to help them a little bit in a couple areas.”

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Trying to Move Around the Money

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

With Gerber’s current cap hit at $3.7 million, he is virtually untradeable for the Senators. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, the Senators could find a team looking for some goaltending depth for the last two months of the season. Any team wanting to trade for Gerber would owe him $1.4 million for the remainder of the season if it made a deal Feb. 1.

And there’s absolutely no way any team is going to commit that kind of cap space to Gerber. But what if the Senators were willing to pick up half - or more - of the remainder of the contract? Then Gerber might be a more viable option.

The only problem is that isn’t allowed under this collective bargaining agreement.

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TSN Panel Chimes In

from TSN,

Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question No. 1: Is Jason Spezza part of the problem or the solution in Ottawa?

Keith Jones: He is part of the solution. He’s only 25 years old and has a tremendous amount of upside and skill is the key word….

Bob McKenzie: I agree. Spezza needs to be part of the solution. There’s no question he’s had some shortcomings and flaws in his game but are the fatal? No, build your team around what he gives you offensively and fill in the holes. Defensively and all the rest of the things you need elsewhere.

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