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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.”
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.
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