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from John Allemang of the Globe and Mail,
“I don’t regret the decision,” says David Dziurzynski, sitting in the emptied arena of the Binghamton Senators, the Ottawa farm team in upstate New York where he was consigned last March shortly after he came back from his fight-induced headaches and whiplash.
He’s staring straight ahead into the darkened rink, where skaters share the ice with logos for Dunkin’ Donuts (“Official coffee of the B-Sens”) and Cost Cutters Family Hair Care (“Just Your Style”).
“Obviously it was unfortunate how it ended, but I would do it again. Hopefully it would end differently.”
If the fight had turned out better, maybe he would have stuck with Ottawa instead of returning to the rough-edged city on the Susquehanna known to jovial minor-leaguers as Bingo. Every player who’s called up to an NHL team fixates on what he needs to do to stay with the big team and never again endure a six-hour bus ride along the AHL’s Interstates.
“You’ve got to take every game like it’s going to be your last,” David says, “especially when you’re getting your first chance. Every shift I’d go out and play my hardest and show what I could do.”
If you don't remember or want to watch again the fight Dziurzynski had with the Leafs' Frazer McLaren, watch it below...
All from the Twitter account of Bob McKenzie...
Kadri believed to be looking long-term (6 yrs in Tavares stratosphere of $5.5M per). Leafs want short, 2 yrs at P.K. Subban $ ($2.875M per).
Tough sledding for NYR/RFA Derek Stepan. Player seeks McDonagh $ (6 x $4.7M) but no arb rights, NYR holding firm on Subban level bridge deal
Dialogue on contracts for RFA D, Alex Pietrangelo in STL and Jared Cowen in OTT, is ongoing. Gaps still to be closed but talks continue.
Petro/STL would like 8 yr max term but question is where between $6M and $7M per yr it settles. Karlsson at $6.5M (x7), Doughty at $7M (x8).
Cowen/OTT exploring short and long term deals, everything from 2 yrs to 8. Nothing imminent. Guessing term more likely shorter than longer.
The committee passed two motions Monday morning. The first was to keep the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only place for expanded gaming facilities and the second was to cap the amount of gaming tables, with reduced operating hours.
The decisions appeased some community associations that spoke about the negative effects of gambling, but drew contempt from the owner of the Ottawa Senators....
The owner of the Ottawa Senators, Eugene Melnyk, said that without the extra revenue the future of the club is at risk.
"I don't get it," said Melnyk about the committee's decision.
Melnyk went on to highlight how much his franchise is involved in the city.
"You know, I don't want to say who's more important and who gives more to the community but I will," he said.
"I think we are doing a lot for the community, everybody knows it, I don't have to repeat it," said Melnyk.
"We just do it because we want to do it," he said. "What are they giving back to the community?"
Pre-sale tickets for the Heritage Classic hockey game in Vancouver are not selling very well, according to one broker.
Kingsley Bailey with Vancouver Ticket doesn’t have hard numbers, but says there are a few reasons people aren’t snatching up the tickets. ”It’s a one-off game but it’s buried with six Heritage Classic games this year. We don’t have the best Canadian team as our opposition and the prices are way too high.”
from James Bagnall of the Ottawa Citizen,
At some point, hopefully not soon, the City of Ottawa will have to begin a serious debate about the value of a new arena and whether it should contribute to the costs of building it.
In the meantime, Melnyk has hit upon an inexpensive formula for trying to solve the irksome issue of the Senators’ bottom line.
It’s something he outlined to former Citizen columnist Jim Kyte a couple of months before his purchase of the team. “I don’t imagine we are going to go out and sign any big name free agents,” Melnyk said. “I get satisfaction out of developing talent. Using the thoroughbred horse analogy, I had an opportunity to purchase the winner of last year’s (2002) Kentucky Derby but decided against it because I get more satisfaction out of starting with a yearling, develop it and see it prosper.”
That’s certainly the less expensive way to go, as Alfie appreciates very well. He was the role model for this sort of approach — drafted 133rd in 1994 and became steadily more valuable and expensive. There are also many more uncertainties and risks associated with developing a team of young guns — a notion Melnyk appears to have little trouble embracing. Whether Senators fans will like the results will depend entirely on how the risks pan out.
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Interrupting my mini-vacation with this...
Without repeating Alfredsson's chronology of how it all went down, the bottom line is he would have been handsomely rewarded had he stayed put. As well paid as he will be with the Red Wings? Maybe, or maybe a few hundred thousand shy of that. So a guy who has earned between $60-70 million from the Senators is going to a dump like Detoilet -- and if you have ever visited Motown's downtown, you can't object to that classification -- over a measly mil?
-Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With less than a month to the opening of training camp, the Senators and restricted free agent defenceman Jared Cowen are still trying to get a contract in place as the sides try to find common ground on length and dollars.
League sources confirmed to the Sun Thursday the Senators have tabled an eight-year, $28-million offer — an average of $3.5 million per season — to Cowen’s camp.
It hasn’t been rejected, but the deal’s not done, either.
It is similar to the seven-year, $28-million contract signed by New York Islanders blueliner Travis Hamonic, which pays him an average of $4 million per season.
The two sides have exchanged several proposals and are still trying to find the route to a contract.
For more on the camp circumvention, check out this post in The Malik Report.
added 1:10pm, Bryan Murray responds..
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
“I think where we are now is … it’s a very fine, a fine line. It’s very easy to sit back and say, ‘oh, why doesn’t Melnyk spend more? He doesn’t spend, he doesn’t spend.’ Well, hold on a second, first things first, we spend right down the centre,” he said, referring to the salary cap range (the top of the cap is just over $64 million, the bottom $44 million).
“We’re not the New York Rangers, we’re not the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I’m trying to keep ticket prices reasonable, because there’s a very delicate balance between ticket pricing, attendance and being able to put a competitive team (on the ice).”
The internal cap has become the source of some anger for fans who insist you must spend close to the cap to truly compete in the National Hockey League.
If the Senators had just agreed to Alfredsson’s initial contract demands and ponied up a couple million dollars more per season, he’d still be here. Furthermore, if they’d done that and added Bobby Ryan, they’d be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
“If we want to even spend a few extra million dollars, that just goes right out of my pocket. It’s a business, people have to understand. This is not philanthropy. I love the team, but there’s only so much you can bear.”
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