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from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
The first-place Buffalo Sabres lost two of their best players, and the Stanley Cup finalist Ottawa Senators fired their general manager and will have a new coach, but both teams will look a lot like this year, which should be enough to separate them from the division pack.
Early returns make Toronto look to be the best of the Northeast also-rans, which isn’t difficult since the Canadiens and the Bruins seem to be selling only hope these days.
read on for the grades of the teams in the Northeast…
from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,
“I knew that Bryan had talked to a few teams at the draft, but it surprised me at the time,” Redden told Sportsnet.ca from Kelowna, B.C. “He never came to (my agent) Donnie Meehan or myself and asked if I wanted to be moved.”...
“We’ll see what happens as the year goes. I know (Murray) has some decisions to be made with the free agents that will be coming up on our team,” he said….
“One thing that remains though, is that I have a no movement clause in my contract,” he continued. “So if he wanted to move me, I would have to okay it. I am happy there and am looking forward to this season. Especially after getting to the finals last year, I feel we can get there again.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray had Wade Redden traded last month.
But the deal was swiped off the table by the veteran defenceman.
“I’m not shopping him around at all,” Murray said yesterday when asked about the status of Redden, the team’s top paid player at $6.5 million (all terms US) a season and unrestricted free-agent eligible next July.
“I had a conversation at the draft, there was a deal I could go with, but (Redden) decided he didn’t want to be traded.
“That’s what a no-trade (clause) is. At this moment, Wade will be in Ottawa.”
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
“There are a few teams out there with $6-million goaltenders. I think we can handle it,” said Murray yesterday. “If something crops up for (Gerber), we’ll take advantage of it.”
Problem is, the Maple Leafs will be putting lipstick on their pig named Andrew Raycroft and golden oldies Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph are sitting out there in UFA land, too. The buyers have a few options. The Ducks would probably like to move Ilya Bryzgalov, too.
Despite the belief the Senators are overpaying for their goaltending situation in light of Emery’s new three-year, $9.5-million deal announced yesterday, the fact is the Senators still aren’t the team paying the most for their puckstoppers next year.
The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with defenseman/forward Christoph Schubert as the two sides have agreed on a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Darren Dreger of TSN reports on Ottawa radio that Emery has signed right before his arbitration hearing- 3 years, $9.5 million.
added 9:15am, TSN link now available…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
There still could be a deal before today’s salary arbitration hearing for Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, but as of Monday it appeared as if the decision would be left to a third party.
The hearing, scheduled for this morning in Toronto, comes after weeks of talks between Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, and Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
Despite the lack of progress between Emery and the National Hockey League club, Barry said there was still a chance a deal could be worked out before the hearing takes place or before the arbitrator releases a decision, which could come as late as early August.
NHL.COM: lists forward Peter Schafer as part of the Boston Bruins roster and right wing Shean Donovan as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
I am waiting for more verification, will update when it comes in.
added 10:01am, TSN confirms,
The Ottawa Senators have dealt Peter Schaefer to the Boston Bruins for Shean Donovan.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray may want to trade Gerber, but he can’t cut off the nose to spite the Senators’ face.
It will require a delicate balancing act to ensure that Ottawa’s net and wallet are not left sparely filled—and it’s a move that could set the tone for Murray’s tenure as GM in this city.
However, don’t be surprised if the other shoe fails to drop before Emery’s situation is settled.
After all, who knows how much longer Gerber will reign as the highest paid goaltender in the city?
Right now, there’s no clear-cut answer on how to deal with Gerber.
But if Murray finds him too difficult to unload, with Emery standing by in the meantime, palms outstretched, the solution may be thrust upon the GM far quicker than he expected.
from the Ottawa Citizen via the Star Phoenix,
A bigger problem for Murray is what to do with the $7.4 million due to backup Martin Gerber in the next two seasons. Murray has talked to a couple of NHL clubs with interest, but they want to dump similar contract burdens this way, so Murray wouldn’t be any farther ahead.
“Maybe later in the summer, when it comes time to talk trades and balance rosters, something can be done,” Murray said. “We need two goalies here, and Martin is a good goalie. If we have to pay his salary, then that’s how it will be. If we can move him, there could be a few million dollars left to add a player.”
Murray said that under no circumstances would he send Gerber to Binghamton of the American Hockey League just to get his contract off the salary-cap books. The Senators would still have to pay Gerber’s full salary and would still require an NHL-experienced goaltender as Emery’s backup.
more on the Sens negotiation with Emery…
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