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Report: Brian Campbell Heading to UFA

From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,

Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]

Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.

read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens

Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.

Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.”  According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.

Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:

Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.

“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”

Quite the day Garrioch is having today…

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  Tags: brian+campbell, shean+donovan

Canadian Teams on Draft Day

Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams.  They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.

Article: What will the Canadian contingent do?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, NHL Talk, NHL Entry Draft, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Alfredsson Kicks Off Mental Health Campaign

from the CBC,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says he is showing his love for his sister in Sweden by becoming the face of a new campaign to end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Alfredsson spoke about his younger sister Cecelia, who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, after helping the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health kick off the “You know who I am” campaign Wednesday.

continued

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Senators Ready To Deal

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

With big names such as Patrick Marleau, Olli Jokinen and Marian Hossa, a pending free agent, available on the trade market and a better-than-average draft class arriving, there could be plenty of activity.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray is believed to have interest in Marleau and Jokinen.

Trade talk among NHL teams has heated up considerably as the draft approaches.

continued

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Different Paths For Coaches

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

Most people in hockey will tell you Hartsburg and DeBoer are both excellent choices to be NHL coaches. But the paths they’ve followed this spring read like some warped coaching version of The Tortoise and The Hare.

Bryan Murray interviewed Hartsburg very early in the process, and then Hartsburg went home and waited, with little apparent interest from other clubs.

DeBoer, meanwhile, has been the coaching version of Steven Stamkos the past few weeks: a junior star with a glowing résumé that had a bunch of teams pursuing him. He has been a candidate for almost every NHL job opening so far.

more

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  Tags: craig+hartsburg, peter+deboer

Murray Talks Sens

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray was on Fan590 in Toronto a talked a bit about Ray Emery and Wade Redden.  It looks Emery will be bought out unless Murray can find a trade partner for him in the next week or so.  Murray feels it is better if the part ways even though Hartsburg did coach Emery in Sault Ste. Marie.

Murray talked a little Wade Redden too and said he will not be able to match what Redden can get on the open market, so it looks like he is gone come July 1st.

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  Tags: ray+emery, wade+redden

Senators Name Hartsburg Head Coach

imageInitial reports came out late last night, but the Senators have now formally announced Craig Hartsburg’s new position.

Hartsburg: “It’s an honor to be coaching back in the National Hockey League again.”

From THN:

Hartsburg’s last job in the NHL was as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2004. He helped Canada capture gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship as Brent Sutter’s assistant in 2006 and as the head coach in 2007 and 2008.

Update 12:00pm ET: The Senators’ website notes that Hartburg’s contract is for 3 years.

*For reference, Hartsburg’s playing and coaching history.

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*photo from Sportsnet.ca

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  Tags: craig+hartsburg

Report: Senators to Name Hartsburg as Head Coach

From Ben Leeson at The Sault Star,

Soo Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg will be introduced Friday as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators, well-placed and reliable sources have told The Sault Star.

The 48-year-old Hartsburg flew to Ottawa Thursday to meet with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and will be introduced to the media as the team’s next head coach as early as this morning.

A report Wednesday by the Ottawa Sun had Kitchener Rangers bench boss Peter DeBoer getting the job in Ottawa but that report now appears to have been premature.

“They (media) overreacted yesterday,” a source told The Star. “Everybody assumed that because he (DeBoer) went down there, it was a done deal.”

When reached Thursday, Hartsburg declined comment, limiting his remarks to an assessment of the Senators’ on-ice potential. He would neither confirm or deny whether he was in the Ottawa area.

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Update 9:21am ET: Apparent confirmation from TSN

Former Canadian World Juniors and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Craig Hartsburg will be introduced as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Friday.  The Senators have called a news conference Friday morning to make the announcement.


*hat-tip to TSN for providing the original source

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  Tags: craig+harstburg

Senators’ Melnyk an Involved Owner

From Wayne Scanlan at Canwest via the National Post,

Has Eugene invited me to Barbados lately?

That’s what head coaching candidates for the Ottawa Senators had to be asking themselves Wednesday upon hearing that Peter DeBoer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers was in Barbados meeting with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Until then, Craig Hartsburg of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley were rated as having at least as good a chance as DeBoer.

continued…

A great overview of the Senators’ management and coaching issues this year.

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  Tags: peter+deboer

Premature Coach Speculation

From the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators are soon hoping to hire a new head coach but reports Wednesday that they had found their man were premature.

“I haven’t hired anybody at this point in time,” Senators GM Bryan Murray told The Canadian Press on Wednesday morning.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Murray had hired highly touted junior coach Peter DeBoer from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.

“We’ve had conversations but nothing has been determined at this point in time,” said Murray.

continued…

Reports in question include Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun today.

Update 12:16pm ET: Adam Proteau at The Hockey News posted a similar report this morning.
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*my thanks to a KK reader for help keeping an eye on this story today

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  Tags: bryan+murray, peter+deboer

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