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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
I talked to Matt Cooke today about Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray meeting at league headquarters yesterday to reportedly present its forensics findings from an investigation into Melnyk’s contention that Cooke intentionally sliced defenseman Erik Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon with his skate Feb. 13, 2013.
Here is Bruce Garrioch's story from the Ottawa Sun today.
A league source told me that whatever discussion the Sens’ brass had with the league, it won’t affect Cooke retroactively nor the Wild. Cooke played for Pittsburgh at the time of the incident.
Cooke told me of the alleged forensics presentation: “I think it’s really strange. It’s almost a full year ago that it happened. I’ve said this from the beginning and I still say it. It was a complete accident. It’s happened two or three times since with other guys (Toronto’s Dave Bolland severed a tendon from Vancouver’s Zack Kassian in November and a week after the Cooke-Karlsson incident, Winnipeg’s Zach Redmond had an artery in his thigh cut by teammate, former Wild Antti Miettinen, late in a practice at Carolina).”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
"What do you want to know?," said Karlsson with a laugh to a throng of reports. "It's been a little while and I'm just focusing on getting the game together. For me, personally, I needed a little break.
"We've been winning games and I've been feeling better about my game. Everybody needs a little time off sometimes."
Karlsson said his New Year's tweet that "2013 was the worst year ever" wasn't the reason he decided to go silent.
"It was just bad timing," he said. "It had nothing to do with that. It was just a personal choice and getting some time off on the road. We were gone for awhile ... Just focusing on playing and winning games and we accomplished that."
added 3:57pm, Watch below as a few of the Senators talked about it after practice today.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Karlsson, aka The Silent Superstar, can have no real good reason to pull a boycott that started Jan. 1, one he temporarily lifted following the Colorado game and was scheduled to do again after the Wild affair.
In Denver, when he popped out minus his shirt and saw the TV cameras, Karlsson joked "I guess you don't want me to be naked."
I told him I was just happy to be seeing him at all.
"I've been dodging you guys a bit," Karlsson replied with a little chuckle. I said yes, then added: "And I thought we were friends?"
Replied Karlsson: "Always."
I don't know for sure why we're getting stiffed by Karlsson. I do know that on New Years Eve, he tweeted something about 2013 being the worst year of his life, and that my bosses wanted me to ask him why. If it's personal, all he has to say is he wants to keep his private life private. That's cool. I wouldn't push him. I'd respect that.
more plus othe Ottawa topics...
from the CP at Yahoo,
"Just watching the progress in the last month and a little bit, I think that the objective now is certainly more than it was a month before," Murray said on a conference call. "We are available to make a deal."
As an example, Murray pointed to the July 5 trade with the Anaheim Ducks that landed the Senators Bobby Ryan. Ottawa gave up young forward Jakob Silfverberg and prospect Stefan Noesen to get the winger who filled a void left by Daniel Alfredsson's departure.
Again, the Senators would be willing to trade from their position of youth in the organization.
"We do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games or playing in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here that we would talk to teams about for a more veteran-type player," Murray said.
Earlier in the season, Murray expressed a desire to upgrade his team's mobility on the blue-line and talked to "a number of teams" about a puck-moving defenceman. That need has been eased by the recall of 20-year-old rookie Cody Ceci, who has been a mainstay since making his debut in mid-December.
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,
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