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The TSN Insiders talked about, drum rolllllll.. The Toronto Maple Leafs available players for trade.
The Ottawa Senators were also mentioned and Pierre LeBrun states Chris Neil is drawing interest.
Then Bob McKenzie talked about the advance stats that will hit NHL.com on Februay 20th. Bob McKenzie says "massive changes".
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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Naturally, the 31-year-old centre was asked what kind of reception he expects from Ottawa fans known for their love-hate relationship with the former captain.
“Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too,” Spezza said. “They’ve always supported the club, but hopefully they appreciate that I gave everything when I was here and did all I could to help us win.”
About that. If only the Senators had cashed in one of those years – in 2003, when Spezza was the kid on the rise, or 2006 when Dominik Hasek went down, or 2007 when Spezza-Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson were the NHL’s top offensive line.
“We were so close for a three, four-year period there (and we) had as good a team as anybody in the league,” Spezza said.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
In a lengthy one-on-one interview in his office, while wearing a chemotherapy drip bag from his most recent treatment, Murray told the Citizen he is likely to step down as Senators GM after this season.
“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray says, flatly. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.’
“I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up.”
Bryan and Geri have been married 47 years. Ever briefly, he will put his feet up during the all-star break this weekend, at the couple’s house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
When he does step aside, likely to an advisory role, Murray will crown his own successor, as encouraged by Melnyk, the NHL club owner.
“All Eugene said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over.’”
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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Why would Senators trade Anderson?
Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray appeared on TSN 1200 Monday and shot down the notion of trading goaltender Craig Anderson (12-11-6, .927 save percentage).
“Why would I do that at this point? I mean, we don’t have a third goaltender. Robin [Lehner] is close to ready, but he’s got to play more games and I think with Craig being the credible guy that he is, I don’t know that I have to — if you don’t have goaltending in this league, you don’t have anything,” Murray said. “So it’s unlikely that Craig Anderson is going anywhere but the net in Ottawa.”
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Jason Spezza is the player Mika Zibanejad wants to become.
Like Spezza, Zibanejad was a first-round pick. They are right-shot, offensive-minded centers. They were teenagers when they made their NHL debuts with the Senators. They played together for parts of three seasons.
Zibanejad didn’t figure, however, that he’d have to become Spezza’s replacement this soon.
Ottawa is fighting for the playoffs. Craig Anderson has delivered ace goaltending. Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur are clicking as a dangerous combination.
But the Senators miss Spezza, the longtime Senator who is now finding his way as a first-year Star. They are not as good without their former captain, who wanted a change after 686 games as a Senator. The Stars had the cap room to absorb Spezza’s $7 million average annual value and the pieces to deliver a package that made the trade close to palatable for the Senators.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators announced today they have agreed to a professional tryout agreement with forward Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi is scheduled to report to Binghamton on Monday, January 12.
Bertuzzi, 39, is a veteran of 1,159 National Hockey League regular season games having tallied 770 points (314 goals, 456 assists) over his 18 year professional career. Originally drafted in the first round (23rd overall) in 1993 by the New York Islanders, the native of Sudbury, ON, Bertuzzi last played for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2013-14 season recording nine goals and seven assists in 59 games.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators haven't closed the door on giving Todd Bertuzzi one last chance to resurrect his NHL career.
The final call will be made by GM Bryan Murray and if he gives the idea his stamp of approval then Bertuzzi could start practising with the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton sometime next week.
Bertuzzi's Toronto-based agent Pat Morris reached out to the Senators recently to see if they had any interest in signing him to a 25-game pro tryout agreement. The club is exploring that option right now.
Fighting in hockey is a lot harder than it looks. With that said, most fighters don’t find it so difficult that rather than punching their opponent they accidently punch themselves like Patrick Kaleta did against Jared Cowen.
Normally George Malik of The Malik Report at KK does the vast majority of Wings related information, but this is too good to pass up.
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