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OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk today announced the team has reached an agreement to extend the contract of General Manager Bryan Murray for two years to July of 2016. In addition, Murray has been named President of Hockey Operations. Murray will continue to act as the team’s General Manager for the next two seasons and will then remain with the organization for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.
The Senators also announced today the team has promoted both Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to the position of Assistant General Manager.
“I am very pleased to have Bryan remain here in Ottawa for the next four years. Without question, Bryan stands among the best general managers in the National Hockey League,” said Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk. “Our drafting success and the emergence of so many young, dynamic players within our organization is a testament to Bryan’s leadership and wealth of hockey knowledge.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
Bryan Murray is ready to sign on the dotted line.
League executives told the Ottawa Sun late Friday Murray has agreed to a wide-ranging long-term extension that will keep him in the GM’s chair for at least another two years and a significant role with the organization after that.
It’s believed the deal will be confirmed Monday when all the paperwork is completed. This news comes less than 24 hours after assistant GM Tim Murray accepted the GM’s job with the Buffalo Sabres and ensures stability in the organization.
Murray has helped the club shape a successful rebuild and hired coach Paul MacLean to get the club back to respectability.
from Brenda Branswell of Hockey Inside/Out,
Canadiens defencman P.K. Subban was called for hooking Erik Condra with 18 seconds left in regulation — a call that left him scratching his head after the game.
“I’d like to get an explanation of what I did wrong there,” Subban said.
He said he thought Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price had the puck.
“I thought the play was over. It just didn’t really make sense to me.”
more and below, watch Subban talk about the penalty and see the call too...
Rangers/Leafs and Senators/Canadiens
Yesterday I posted a piece from Scott Burnside of ESPN and this conversation about Bobby Ryan has raised some eyebrows,
"I think we have to know what we're taking with Bobby," says Burke, who had him in Anaheim when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
"He's a passive guy," Burke says. And over 82 games, yes, Saad and or Pacioretty might be more attractive than Ryan. But Ryan's a game-breaker.
"He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary," Burke says. "It's never going to be in his vocabulary. He can't spell intense."
If he's not going to be put in a role in which he can score an important goal, use his skills as a sniper, he shouldn't go, Burke says.
"Is everybody really happy with our speed up front," Poile asks.
There is a pause.
"I don't think it's a fast team," Tallon notes.
Ryan doesn't add to the speed quotient, so do these last two spots need to be filled with speed guys? And if there are injuries, which of these guys are more compatible, more able to move up the roster to fill in more demanding roles?
Read Bruce Garrioch's recent Twitter timeline for quotes from Bobby Ryan.
added 12:22pm, from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
“Four guys out there didn’t do their job, maybe they decide to celebrate New Year’s too early right before the game and they didn’t see headshots [from] Neil against me,” Ovechkin said. “He fell on the ice, it was kind of embarrassing to see.”
“I saw him, I felt like he going to hit me shoulder to shoulder I was ready for it but he hit right in my head, right in chin,” Ovechkin said. “I ask referee, ‘Why you didn’t see it?’ He was two feet from me he said ‘I didn’t see it’. The league try to fight through [headshots] but I think the referee didn’t see it at all.
“I step in there, come up from the corner and he just hit me straight up in the chin,” Ovechkin said. “It was, I think, bad hit and I think league have to look at it.”
more and watch the hit below...
Some fancy stickhandling by Turris.
"We started pretty well. We kept pace and then, all of a sudden, we just quit and all of a sudden we don't play ice hockey anymore.
"I think we try and we want to play well but we just can't for 60 minutes. It's the small things. It's not anything major. It's just that extra bump, extra stride or extra pass.
"We can't string it together for a long period of time and then it's going to be back in the back of our net."
-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators after losing to Boston 5-0 last night. More on the Senators from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have spoken to the Rangers several times in the last six weeks about defenceman Michael Del Zotto but aren't alone in their pursuit. The Leafs and Shark have held talks and a report in the New York Post says Colorado has shown interest as well.
Sources say if the Senators are to close a deal for the 23-year-old Del Zotto, who many believe is on the verge of being moved with GM Glen Sather desperate to make a trade, the asking price has to change.
It's believed the Rangers have been demanding blueliner Marc Methot in return for Delo Zotto. That isn't going to happen but the Senators may be willing to exchange Patrick Wiercioch, who was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Friday and has upside potential.
"Del Zotto's value has gone down," said a league executive Friday. "He hasn't shown any consistency and he's not worth nearly as much as he may have been earlier in the season."
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
It seems longer than seven years ago that the Senators made their one and only trip to the Stanley Cup finals, just as most times it looks like it will be a lot longer than that before they will get there again.
Don't try telling that to Chris Neil, though. The 34-year old veteran with so many hard miles still believes in the team's chances of getting back to the big stage before he retires.
"That's the plan," Neil said just before the Christmas break. "You look around the room, and we've got the pieces here. It's just a matter of fine tuning it."
A less optimistic opinion is that the Senators are still a handful of pieces away from getting there any time soon. Some say they don't have enough to even make the playoffs this season -- despite the fact they are 1-0 against both the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins, the two best teams in the conference.
But even without additions, the Senators can make it to the 2014 post-season tournament, if only because the current wildcard holders (Red Wings and Leafs) have their own issues, as do the teams (Rangers and Devils) between Ottawa and the cut-off line.
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