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from the Ottawa Sun,
Goalie Martin Gerber has worn a black mask void of any Senators logos when he’s skated with teammates at the Bell Sensplex.
Anything significant there?...
So, as some have suggested, is the blank mask a silent statement of Gerber’s desire for a trade, like the plain white one Martin Biron wore in Buffalo last year (he was finally moved at the trade deadline)?
“That’s B.S.,” said Gerber, who has been getting ready for Ottawa’s training camp, which begins today….
“My personal goal is to get back in net, get as much ice time as possible, as quick as possible. I’m here and ready to go. At the end of the season I said (to Murray), ‘I need to play.’ I want to play. It doesn’t matter where it is at this point. I have to be playing to get my career going again.’ Those were the words we had.”
from the National Post,
You can’t win the Stanley Cup in the first month,” said Spezza, whose 1.31 points per game over the past two seasons rank fourth in the NHL behind San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers. “It’s a process. You go to camp to get better, and when the season comes, you have to peak at the right time. I mean, we were 13th in the East at one point last year.”
“We all learned a lot, it was a good experience,” said winger Dany Heatley of last season’s run to the Cup final. “I don’t think we’re complacent. Maybe some teams in the past were, but I think we’re hungry. I’ve been back a few days to scrimmage and it’s a pretty good pace. I expect we’ll come out hard. We still have a lot of young guys, hungry guys, and maybe that’s different from other teams. Hopefully, we start the season with a bang.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
From a financial point of view, Redden is also fully aware of the perfect storm that faces Senators general manager Bryan Murray next summer, when Redden, left-winger Dany Heatley and centre Mike Fisher can become unrestricted free agents. At the same time, Meszaros, centre Jason Spezza and wingers Antoine Vermette and Patrick Eaves will be restricted free agents.
Something has to give in Murray’s salary-cap equation by next summer, if not earlier.
Redden would appear to be the most likely option to move, considering the weight of his salary. While he exercised his no-trade clause to prevent a move to Edmonton, the possibility that he will be moved will probably remain until the trade deadline in February.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
His recovery remains on schedule, he said, and a consultation with the doctor isn’t necessary. Emery will get input from athletic therapist Gerry Townend and team doctors before deciding when to go full out.
“(There’s) no setback. I know where I’m at. Things are going well. I’m getting stronger. I’m getting mobility back. There’s still some discomfort and it’s still not at the point where I think I should go all out yet,” he said.
“I want to be really strong so even if that means taking a couple more days (off), whatever the best way is to go about it, I’ll do that after I talk to Gerry and the coach and get everyone’s input on things. I know when I’m ready….”
from the Ottawa Sun,
Fisher injured his groin in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final May 30 against the Anaheim Ducks and thought a summer of rest would take care of the problem. It hasn’t.
“It was giving me problems all summer. I thought it would go away and it didn’t,” said the 27-year-old, who is entering his eighth NHL season and is coming off a 22-goal, 48-point season.
“I think we’ve got it sorted out the last few weeks. There’s nothing torn, but there’s a chance I could miss part of camp. I might have to skate on my own for a bit. I can’t get in there full bore just yet.”
from the Toronto Sun,
Eugene Melnyk has a novel idea to spice up the Battle of Ontario.
How about if the Maple Leafs got into the playoffs for a change?
“You would like to see the Leafs competitive,” Melnyk, the owner of the Ottawa Senators, said. “I think they are making changes that will make them more competitive. They have to. We’ll see what happens. (The rivalry) does lose a little lustre, but it is still there and it will continue. But hopefully it never gets reversed and we keep winning.”
fromm Sun Media,
Jean Therien says he feared for his life as the white Hummer he had accidentally cut off on the freeway Wednesday morning began jerking into his lane, forcing him to swerve to avoid it.
He says his heart raced when the Hummer stopped in front of him on an off- ramp and an enraged Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery got out of the truck and approached his car, yelling at him through the passenger side window.
“He started calling me ‘You f—-ing old bag of bones, you f—-ing sh—’,” said Therien, 65. “He said, ‘You tried to put me in the ditch.’ I said, ‘No. I did not.’ “
from the Ottawa Sun,
Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday he’ll try to accommodate the veteran goalie’s request for a trade, but he’s told Gerber and his agent Gilles Lupien they’ll have to be patient because there are no trade talks going on.
ROSTERS ON HOLD
While sources say the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes both had a mild interest in Gerber—who has two years, $7.4 million remaining on his contract—rosters are on hold until teams figure out what they want to do after training camp is over at the end of the month.
“I’ve talked to some teams,” said Murray. “There is nobody at this point that has indicated they can take on a goaltender or needs one….”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the Senators’ No. 1 goalie is recovering well from his June 21 wrist surgery, there’s a chance Emery might not play before Ottawa’s Oct. 3 season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“He’ll be ready for the start of the regular season,” said Emery’s agent J.P. Barry. “I saw (Emery) last week and he was doing well. The cast came off when it was supposed to come off and he’s able to do everything. He’ll be able to participate in drills, he’s just not going to be able to take shots on the glove side. I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to play in any exhibition games.”
Over the past week, SportsCentre filed look-ahead reports for Canada’s six NHL teams, getting you primed for the start of training camp. Now follow it up with TSN.ca’s Canadian six-pack, an online synopsis with all the reports on where your favourite Canadian team is headed this season.
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