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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.

continued

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  Tags: zenon+konopka

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

What Happened To Ray

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Before Emery was bought out of the final two years of his $6.75-million contract by the Senators, some league executives were predicting that teams “would be lined up” to sign the netminder, but it never happened.

It’s believed Emery was offered nothing more than a tryout by a couple of teams, with no promise of a contract.

This is the goaltender that led the Senators to the Stanley Cup final two years ago and now he can’t even get a sniff in the NHL. Why is that?

more

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  Tags: ray+emery

What Will Smith Bring

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

There is no questioning what Jason Smith brings.

The only question is what Smith has left to give.

A traded captain of the Edmonton Oilers just a year ago and not a serious consideration to return with the rising Philadelphia Flyers, Smith will have to prove he is still the top four type of defenceman that Bryan Murray believes he is bringing to the Ottawa Senators.

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Anyone See A Puck Moving Dman

from the Universal Cynic,

Where the bloody (expletive) is the puck-moving defenceman that the Senators desperately require? Things with Meszaros have yet to be settled, and do you really want to put all your eggs in that basket? Same goes for Brian Lee—he’s just a kid and can’t be expected to shoulder that load. The lack of a definitive defensive system in Ottawa already puts Lee at high risk for stunted development. They need someone who’s fully developed with the skills and mindset to pick up from Redden’s massive regression, and move the team forward (both literally and figuratively) at the blueline.

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Jason Smith Signs With Ottawa

from the Ottawa Senators,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jason Smith to a two-year contract.

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Sens Will Be In A Battle For Playoff Spot

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The fun and games are still three months away, but on this day it looks to us like the best bets to make the playoffs are the teams that did last season: Montreal, Pittsburgh, Washington, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Boston.

Ottawa, it appears now, will be in the mix with Tampa, Carolina, Buffalo, Florida, the Islanders and the Thrashers for the eighth spot.

To improve the Senators’ chances of making the playoffs, their Murray needs to recreate some magic. He needs to win a trade.

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Senators Haven’t Done Much

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

As season turned to post-season turned to off-season, Joe Public and his friends have not witnessed the Senators getting any better.

And that’s only because they’re not.

The team’s response thus far to a tailspin that saw it barely qualify for the playoffs, then leave quickly and quietly under the guidance of the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Replacing one of the all-time leaders in coaching victories with a man who has not been a bench boss in the NHL yet this century, adding a backup goalie and third- or fourth-line winger.

The Senators have also bid farewell to the best defenceman in franchise history, the only goalie that ever took them to the Stanley Cup final and one of the best fighters in the Eastern Conference.

read on

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Sens Looking For ‘D’ Help

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two league executives told Sun Media yesterday that Senators GM Bryan Murray could have a trade for a blueliner worked out in the next couple of days.

The whisper among NHL executives is Murray was busy working the phones yesterday with offers on the table for Sharks defenceman Kyle McLaren and Ducks blueliner Mathieu Schneider.

read on

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