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OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Robin Lehner on a three-year contract.
Lehner, 23, set a new career high in playing 36 National Hockey League games last season while establishing a new personal best in victories with a record of 12-15-6. He also set a personal and franchise high with 53 saves in a 5-4 shootout setback to the N.Y. Islanders on Nov. 1, and then became the first goaltender in franchise history to face greater than 50 shots in one game and earn a victory in a 5-4 shootout win over the Blues on Feb. 4 in St. Louis, which was ultimately the first shootout win of his NHL career.
“I really like our team now. We lost a pretty skilled guy with Jason, but I think once you get to see a guy like Alex Chiasson play for us . . . and then adding David Legwand with his experience and leadership.
“I don’t think we have the big name after Erik Karlsson, but if we bounce back, which we will, I like the way we’re going to play next year, we’re going to skate and play as a unit. I think we’re going to surprise quite a few people.”
-Pierre Dorion, assistant GM for the Ottawa Senators. More Senators talk from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
"I definitely think I've learned a lot over the past two years from those experiences, from being put into that role when Spezz was hurt, and seeing how hard the matchup is," Turris said Friday before teeing off at the Royal Ottawa. "I just tried to take that mentality and put it into the role I had this past year.
"This upcoming year, if I'm put into that role again, I think the experience I have now will work in my favor, to know what to expect and how better to prepare for it.
"If I get that opportunity I'll be excited about the challenge, that's for sure."
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that General Manager and President of Hockey Operations Bryan Murray has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The Senators organization issued the following statement:
“Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team’s doctors in collaboration with specialists.
Mr. Murray’s treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators office periodically. During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department.
On behalf of the entire Senators family, the team is asking that the thoughts, prayers and support of the entire hockey community are with Bryan and his family.
The Senators and Mr. Murray ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this time.
There will be no further comment from the Senators organization.”
added 2:26pm, via Chris Lund of the Senators website,
Sens GM Bryan Murray had this to say about the signing...
David is a good, veteran centre. A guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice, he got 51 points this year. He's an experienced guy that can fill the top or bottom of the lineup. We believe he has been a captain and a leader so we know we're a good person. We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced centre that can be a decent face off man, be a good defensive player, get points was very important at this time.
Murray added this about potential additional Senators transactions:
We continue to talk, we've had discussions about a trade that has gone on for a period of time now, it's just a matter of if we can get satisfaction both ways. We probably will do something else but I do feel comfortable with the roster. I think that if we have to add we will but it looks like our young players that have been drafted by the organization and have developed within — we've got a couple of guys that are ready and if they get a chance I'm sure they'll perform very well.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Right now, the Senators are trying to find help up front after freeing up approximately $3 million in cash by moving Spezza to the Stars. More than one team noted Ottawa is working the phones.
Wiercioch is scheduled to make $2 million next season and coach Paul MacLean barely put him in the lineup last year. There is no reason to believe that will change."
The Senators are studying all their options for a centre. They've reportedly held talks with Detroit UFA David Legwand (along with several other teams) and checked on Vinny Lecavalier.
It's highly unlikely the Senators will be acquiring Lecavalier anytime soon. Yes, the deal has been talked about, but I'm told the chances of it happening aren't good and a trade isn't close.
He has four years left with a cap hit of $4.5 million per-season. The Senators have no interest in picking up that contract and if they did the Flyers would have to eat $2 million per season.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray on the moves the Senators made today.
Will Jason Spezza still be a member of the Ottawa Senators on August 1st?
Will Bryan Murray still be talking to the media, bemoaning the fact Spezza won't waive his no-trade clause, the one Murray signed him to, come August 1st?
If I could place a wager on Spezza staying or going, I would say he will be with the Senators in another month.
Teams know Murray has his back to the wall and offers for Spezza may continue to be less than what Murray wants in return.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
In the Senators perfect world, Spezza would have been dealt at the NHL draft for a package of players and prospects that the organization could sell as the next stage for the franchise. But when a possible deal with Nashville fell through because the Predators were on Spezza’s 10-team no trade list, the Senators are in limbo.
As a result, there’s plenty of uncertainty about the normal free agency decisions on what holes need to be filled, how wide owner Eugene Melnyk is willing to open his wallet and how to proceed with players who have one year remaining on their contracts.
That latter group includes Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson. After Spezza’s wish for a trade – the speculation is he made the request after failing to receive a commitment the team was willing to spend more freely in in pursuit of the Stanley Cup – those four are watching closely to see the next direction of the franchise.
“I don’t know, and that’s the problem,” Murray acknowledged, when asked about whether Spezza’s situation will effect his free agency options. “Always part of your decision is what can you spend and where does it fit and what do you get in return for a certain player.
“If you don’t know that, it’s harder.”
added 5:14pm, from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
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