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VANCOUVER (March 2, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks at BC Place:
“We thank the Canucks and Senators for contributing to the terrific atmosphere at BC Place today and for providing such an entertaining conclusion to two historic months for the National Hockey League. While the weather outside prevented us from opening the roof at this outstanding stadium, the energy indoors from the more than 54,000 fans made for a memorable afternoon.
“Through the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the
2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, our teams and our players displayed the very best qualities of our sport to over 375,000 fans in-person and an international viewing audience of millions more. We thank our fans, our Clubs and our players for this “season like no other” and we look forward to an exciting run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”
What are you hearing about two defencemen at opposite ends of their careers, 35-year-old Chris Phillips and 24-year-old Tyler Myers?
Dreger: In terms of Phillips, there's a negotiation that's ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and Phillips to keep him a lifer in Ottawa. If that doesn't go well, if Phillips doesn't like the offer that has been presented, then Bryan Murray may have to make a very difficult decision. There would be interest in Chris Phillips, a veteran player, very sound defensively, maybe he's a good fit with the Boston Bruins.
In terms of Myers, there is considerable interest according to sources close to the Buffalo Sabres. But GM Tim Murray isn't trying to push this guy out the door. Is he available? Is he interested in moving him? Yes he is. We're looking at Toronto as potentially a fit, as would be the Anaheim Ducks. And the Colorado Avalanche are definitely looking for a defenceman. So there will be options, but come ready to pay a premium.
read on if you want Kesler talk...
from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
One week before the NHL trade deadline, Senators general manager Bryan Murray is waiting for the first domino to fall.
Murray said Tuesday that he fielded three or four calls at home the previous night from other GMs, checking on possibilities ahead of the March 5 deadline. No deals done. But with so many teams still in contention, and the league just coming off the Olympic break, the window of opportunity is fleeting.
“I’m like every other manager, just trying to see what’s right,” Murray said. “There’s a few players everybody’s looking to do something with and the price is real high to do that. I guess it will play out.”
It will play out once a big name or two gets moved to break the inertia.
One GM told Murray he has a couple of players he wants to deal, but doesn’t expect to until the better free agents move, clearing the way for secondary deals.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Senators can pry a guy out of Buffalo to play alongside Jason Spezza, Matt Moulson should be their second choice.
Their primary focus needs to be on Steve Ott.
The 31-year old Sabres captain is tough, he fights, he's gritty and, we are told, an "old school" type of leader.
He's versatile, comfortable as a winger or centre. He's good in the faceoff circles. He's defensively responsible, and has a decent touch around the net.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray thought he had a deal done Saturday.
Now, the Senators GM is starting to believe he won't be making a trade before the Olympic break.
"We had a couple of teams I was talking fairly serious to about a smaller type deal that would add one player to our team, but it doesn't appear it's going to happen at this point," said Murray, who is actively seeking a winger to play with captain Jason Spezza. "As of now, we are what we are.
"I've talked to a number of managers, I think there's a lot of people just saying we'd like to do something, but there's nothing on the horizon right now."
One player known to be of interest to the Senators is Buffalo winger Matt Moulson, who has suffered an arm injury and is unlikely to play again until action resumes after the Sochi Games.
Looks like a skate from his teammate Kucherov hit him in the head area.
Melnyk on spending to the salary cap: "There's no need to - you can organically grow your team as we have. We have tremendous depth"
"Usually when you have to spend to the cap, you're making up for lack of depth. It's that simple."
"If you think I would have a nightmare if CDN dollar goes down? Imagine the teams that are at the cap - and then the cap comes down"
Melnyk on teams up against the cap: "Those teams are paying you to take their stars. That's one of the reasons we're not seeing many trades"
-Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators via TSN 1050 Radio tweets.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Senators president Cyril Leeder confirmed the 12-year, $400 million broadcast agreeement the club signed with Bell Media Wednesday will allow the club to spend more money on its payroll.
While the Senators are among the lowest-spending teams at $56 million this season, the infusion of cash from the regional and national television agreements should help the club improve.
"It allows you to get in there and duke it out with the big guys," Leeder told the Sun. "When you have a strong base of revenues from your corporate partners and your fanbase, that makes you stronger.
"It allows you to compete with (teams like) Toronto, New York and Vancouver."
from James Bagnall of the Ottawa Citizen,
“This puts us on a solid footing,” Melnyk said in reference to the broadcasting deals. “We are going to be competitive in spending on players. If I need to spend an extra $2 million to $3 million (on unrestricted free agents) to make the playoffs, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll do it.”
Yet Melnyk also made it clear that, despite the extra $20 million to $30 million in extra broadcasting revenues, he’s not about to open his vault.
“We’re still going to spend wisely,” he said, suggesting he does not intend to shell out the maximum permitted under salary cap rules.
from the Ottawa Senators,
The Ottawa Senators and Bell Media announced today they have reached a comprehensive new 12-year regional broadcast rights and corporate sponsorship agreement that will make TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of the Ottawa Senators through the 2025-2026 season.
Bell Media’s 12-year partnership with the Ottawa Senators includes five major components:
- English-language regional television broadcast rights for TSN – a minimum of 52 regular season and pre-season games
- French-language regional television broadcast rights for RDS – a minimum of 40 regular season and pre-season games
- English-language broadcast rights for TSN Radio 1200 – all games
- French-language radio broadcast rights – all games
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
“We identified what we feel our team is right now,” said new assistant general manager Pierre Dorion, whose duties increased after former AGM Tim Murray left to become general manager of the Buffalo Sabres earlier this month. “We identified possible targets for possible trades. You always have to be ready for that possibility, for players that could help us in the short or long term.”..
It’s no secret the Senators are looking for a scoring winger to play with centre Jason Spezza. Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabres and Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers are believed to be among the possibilities. The trade bait could include a defenceman. With eight currently in Ottawa, it’s a nightly headache for coach Paul MacLean in trying to decide which two must sit.
The trade deadline is March 5, but Dorion says it’s possible the Senators could make a move at any moment.
“It could be good in some ways, but we have to wait to see where we are at the Olympic break, and where we are at the trade deadline,” he said. “We like the way we’re going, we’re taking the right direction as a team and the way we’ve been playing in the last month shows we can make the playoffs.”
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