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All Bryan Murray

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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Video- A Couple of Hacks, A Couple Of Whacks And A Slew-Foot From Dion Phaneuf

The results...

13:49 Toronto Dion Phaneuf - Fighting - 5 minutes
13:49 Toronto Dion Phaneuf - Slashing - 2 minutes
13:49 Ottawa Milan Michalek - Slashing - 2 minutes
13:49 Ottawa Milan Michalek - Fighting - 5 minutes


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Bryan Murray Has No Plans To Trade Craig Anderson

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.”

read on for more trade talk around the league...

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Missing Jason Spezza In Ottawa

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.

continued plus more hockey topics...

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Todd Bertuzzi Signs PTO With The Binghamton Senators

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.  

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Up To Bryan Murray To Approve PTO For Todd Bertuzzi

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.


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Video- Patrick Kaleta With A Punch To The Side Of His Head

via Sportsnet,

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.


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Video- “Gus Nyquist Ends It On Overtime”

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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The Ottaw Senators Need To Get Hot Now

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The playoffs start Saturday for the Senators.

Six points back of the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference as the NHL's mandated three-day break comes to an end, the Senators have their work cut out for them if they're going to get up off the mat after an inconsistent start to this year and make the post-season....

With a 14-14-6 record in the first 34 games, a check of sportsclubstats.com Friday rated the Senators with only a 15% chance of making the playoffs at the Christmas break. The site says if the Senators go 28-15-5 in their final 48 games to get to 95 points their chances of being in the post-season will be 52.3%.

No, the numbers don't mean much, but they do tell you the Senators have to set a torrid pace to get to the playoffs. The good news for the Senators is with 20 road games under their belts they'll spend most of their time at home once the schedule really begins to heat up.

read on

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Are The Ottawa Senators Really The “Smart Ones”?

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melnyk’s media availability touched on a range of topics, including his new head coach, Dave Cameron, and the always popular discussion of team payroll.

On the latter, Melnyk happily defended his club’s 30th rank in team payroll (about $56 million) and suggested that will grow quite naturally.

“Look, everybody keeps talking about money, money, money,” Melnyk said. “I keep telling everybody, take a look at all these big signings that have happened in the last couple of years. We’re looking like the smart ones.

“I’m not the least bit embarrassed at us spending at the bottom,” Melnyk added. “I’m happy about it because we’ll be able to spend more in the future. Some can’t. Some are stuck.”


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