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Decisions Ahead For The Ottawa Senators

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

This year or next year?

As part of the three-team trade that sent Kyle Turris to Nashville and Matt Duchene to Ottawa, the Colorado Avalanche acquired the Senators’ first-round draft pick in either the 2018 or 2019 NHL Draft.

It’s up to Ottawa to choose the year. And for general manager Pierre Dorion, it could be a more difficult decision than where to send Erik Karlsson this summer.

Either one is a tough pill to swallow for a rebuilding team....

As bad as the Senators have been this season, what will they look like next year without Karlsson? Will they bottom out again and have an even better chance at winning the No. 1 overall pick? Or will they go the New Jersey route and surprise everyone by making the playoffs?


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Bad Deals

from ESPN,

What's the NHL's worst contract quagmire?

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: There's always a caveat when it comes to the state of the Chicago Blackhawks. Yes, you must admit as a disclaimer that they won three Stanley Cups in six years with this core. But, as Chicago has come crashing down to pedestrian status this season, its lack of long-term viability has been exposed.

The biggest quagmire for Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman? The contract of Brent Seabrook. The defenseman carries a hefty cap hit of $6.875 million and is locked in for seven more seasons. ...

Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: The hallmark of any bloated, regrettable contract is how hard a team is going to work to make it disappear. So, with that established: Bobby Ryan has a quagmire of a deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Ryan signed his seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension in October 2014. It was a time when the franchise was defined by high-profile player departures and the stingy ownership of Eugene Melynk, who the Ottawa Sun wrote "has taken countless hits from fans worried about the club's ability to compete with a limited budget." Good to see not much has changed in three-and-a-half years....

Chris Peters: The two contracts listed above by Greg and Emily are definitely tougher to deal with than this one, but the unrestricted free agent deal Milan Lucic signed before last season with the Edmonton Oilers is going to only get more burdensome once Connor McDavid's new contract kicks in next season. Lucic will be tied for the third-largest cap hit on the team next year, assuming the Oilers don't make other deals to help improve a forward group that lacks depth. There are also five more years remaining on Lucic's deal.

more on each of the above...

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Dear Ottawa Fans

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Erik Karlsson Still With The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

Though the Senators received interest from several teams — including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators — nobody was willing to step up to the plate to acquire the 27-year-old Karlsson.

“We’re not going to hide the fact Erik Karlsson is a special player and he’s our franchise player,” Dorion said. “When I made it clear earlier in the year we weren’t very happy, multiple teams phoned about Erik and if a player of Erik Karlsson’s calibre was on the market, I’d be phoning and I’d probably be phoning every day.

“Erik is a franchise player and we felt there was no franchise deal out there that could satisfy us to make the best hockey deal.”

The Senators weren’t going to give Karlsson away and the indications are they wanted a big package in return which may have included five-to-six elements (first-round draft picks, legitimate NHL players and high-end prospects). That’s a difficult move for any contender to make.


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Ian Cole Traded From Ottawa To Columbus


added 10:01am, Ottawa release is below...

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If Erik Karlsson Is Traded

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

But if the Senators do trade Karlsson, he just may go from being despised to the most hated owner in the history of sports.

How’s Melnyk ever going to be able to go to the rink to watch his own team play without being verbally abused by every man, woman and child in attendance?

No, his best move would be to sell today.

That way he doesn’t diminish the product. That way he makes a half-billion dollars and rides off into the sunset.

That way a new owner steps in and puts an end to the insanity by promising Karlsson isn’t going anywhere.


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Derick Brassard Is Officially A Member Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Derick Brassard in a three-team trade with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The Penguins also received a 2018 third-round draft pick and prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Senators; and the Pens also received prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights.

Pittsburgh traded defenseman Ian Cole, goalie Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 third-round selection to the Senators.

The Penguins sent forward Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick originally acquired from Vancouver to the Golden Knights. Vegas is also retaining 40% of Brassard's salary this season.

Brassard is signed through the 2018-19 season, and he carries an average annual value of $5 million.


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Evening Line- Ken Warren

At this point, it’s a circus, fast becoming a crisis situation for passionate Senators fans, who appear to have reached their breaking point with owner Eugene Melnyk. As the weekend arrived, they were wondering if they had already seen their captain play his final game for the team.

-Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen where you can read more on this topic.

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Derick Brassard Headed To Pittsburgh

added 2:42pm,



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The Latest On Erik Karlsson

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

The forecast of what’s most likely to happen in the relative short term, IMO, would rank as follows: 1. Karlsson not traded now, but more likely in the summer. 2. Karlsson traded by Monday with Bobby Ryan in the deal. 3. Karlsson traded by Monday but no Bobby Ryan in deal.

1. Karlsson is arguably NHL’s top defenceman and top five, if not top three, players in the game. 2. The Senators are actively/seriously engaged in talks to trade him. 3. Even if it doesn’t happen by Monday, it may very well occur in the off-season. In any case, unique situation.

McKenzie has more tweets on this, so check them out if interested.

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