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Gary Bettman Stresses New Arenas Needed In Calgary And Ottawa

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Amid growing talk about Houston’s desire to land a hockey team, and with Seattle pushing towards finally getting an NHL-ready building, Gary Bettman gently pointed out that his league has some budding dance partners. Lest anyone forget in the only two cities where teams are known to be lobbying for a new facility.

“We believe in all of the places that we have franchises now,” Bettman said Friday after a luncheon with Montreal’s chamber of commerce. “We think all of our markets are capable of supporting our clubs. We’re not looking to threaten markets, but there is a certain inevitability if a club needs a new arena to stay competitive, to stay viable and have stability, that if it can’t for whatever reason get a new facility then at some point ownership has to look at what options it may have.

“It’s great to know that there are lots of places that are interested in having a franchise that don’t, but we’re not running around actively soliciting interest. We listen to whoever wants to come and talk to us, and we’re aware of the interest, but our preference is to have our franchises right where they are.”

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The New Arena Talk In Canada

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

This pouting sense of entitlement is a recurring theme across the world of professional sports, where billionaire owners have their hands out looking for taxpayer help in growing their businesses.

The whining in Ottawa is particularly distasteful because the billionaire owner in question, Eugene Melnyk, doesn’t know or care about the burden on the ordinary taxpayer because he had the wherewithal to avoid paying taxes by establishing his residence in Barbados. He rediscovered his Canadian roots two years ago when he needed life-saving liver transplant surgery.

If Melnyk needs a new arena, let him pay for it with all the money he saved by not paying taxes.

If the owners in Ottawa and Calgary aren’t happy with their arenas, there’s a new one in Quebec City crying out for an NHL team.

Bettman, who will be in Montreal this week to help celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary, could serve the game better if he stopped worrying about how Canadians spend their tax dollars and more about important issues like the rise in concussions and the anemic state of the game in places like Carolina, Arizona and South Florida.

more and a few other topics too...

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Video- Erik Karlsson On Playing In Sweden

The Ottawa Senators face the Colorado Avalanche with the puck drop just after 2:00pm ET today.  The game is on NHL Network, TSN5, RDS and Altitude.



added 12:23pm, Gabriel Landeskog meets with the media too, watch below...

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The Stockholm Games

STOCKHOLM (Nov. 9, 2017) – The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators are set to face off in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Ericsson Globe. The 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will mark the fifth time the NHL® has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games and the first such time since the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, which took place in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. These games reward the legion of loyal and passionate international fans by featuring some of the NHL’s biggest stars and generating interest in the League worldwide. The games between Colorado and Ottawa on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 will be the 21st and 22nd NHL® regular-season games played in Europe. They also will be the ninth and tenth NHL regular-season games played in Sweden.

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Morning Line- Terry Frei On Matt Duchene

Remember, this was the player who said on the day Colorado drafted him: “I keep looking down at the logo and going, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I used to draw their logo every day in school. I’m just so happy. Every kid dreams of playing for his boyhood team. It’s crazy. They have not had a top pick in many years, and the one year I’m available and rated up there, they have it. It’s kind of fate, I guess.”

Two weeks after Duchene was drafted, he attended the Avalanche development camp and then went to the Inverness Hotel to attend Sakic’s retirement news conference. Duchene never got to play with one of his idols, and the relationship would evolve to player and GM.

The storybook had a sour ending.

-Terry Frei of Mile High Sports where you can read much more on the Duchene trade.

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Matt Duchene Traded


added 7:12pm,



added 7:15pm, full trade details below...

added 8:18pm, Colorado release added below...

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What Will The Ottawa Senators Do With Kyle Turris?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

A unrestricted free agent on July 1, Turris been mentioned in trade talk before but this time it looks like his future in Ottawa is clouded at best with the two sides still not close on a contract extension.

The fact Turris was offered to the Predators as part of the deal to bring Duchene to Ottawa indicates the Senators are ready to move on from their top centre. It’s not known if Turris’ agent Kurt Overhardt was allowed to discuss contract terms with the Predators but if he was then that changes the dynamics here.

It’s believed the St. Louis Blues showed interest in Turris during the pre-season when it was apparent the two sides weren’t close on a deal. Turris’ camp is asking for a seven-year deal in the $6 million per-season range and it’s believed Ottawa has put a five-year contract offer on the table at similar money.

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One Long Road Trip For The Ottawa Senators

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

When the National Hockey League was picking teams to play in Sweden this season, the Ottawa Senators should have shielded their eyes and turned the other way.

For the most part, the players would have been fine with being overlooked....

To make this trip possible, the Senators had to take on 19 sets of back-to-back games — tied with Pittsburgh for most in the league — during the regular season.

“It’s a cool experience, we’re going to have some fun,” Brassard said, “but then we’re back for a week and then we’re on the road for 15 days. ”

Exhausting, for sure.

Clearly, the Senators’ schedule was not agreed to with the players in mind.  It could wind up damaging their chances of qualifying for the playoffs and winning a round or four, especially because they did not take full advantage of having 10 of their first 14 games at home.  


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A Proposed Three Way Trade Involving Matt Duchene And Kyle Turris Has Failed To Happen

via Darren Dreger tweets,

It's believed Ott/Col/Nash were in discussions on 3 way trade involving Matt Duchene going to Sens. Talks have ended. No deal.

Sources say Senators GM has been pursuing Duchene since mid-September and discussions heated up in last couple of weeks.

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators made another push to get Matt Duchene as recently as Friday but the deal fell through.

League sources confirmed Saturday the Senators attempted to work a three-way deal with the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche in attempt to acquire Duchene but in the end the deal trade fell apart because not everybody involved was satisfied.

Under this scenario, it’s not known exactly what the Avalanche would have gotten in return from the Senators, but it’s believed the deal would have sent centre Kyle Turris, who is set to become a unrestricted free agent, to the Predators while the Senators would have landed Duchene who they’ve coveted for nearly two years.


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Erik Karlsson Today

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Erik Karlsson admits he was scared.

Four months ago, doctors removed half the ankle bone in the left leg of the Ottawa Senators defenseman during surgery to repair torn tendons.

During his recovery, doubt swirled through his head. How long would the recovery take? How effective could he be when he returned to the ice? Would he be able to maintain the same talent level that had made him the NHL's top scoring defenseman in three of the previous four seasons?

He was overcome with a sense of relief last week when he was able to return to the Senators lineup. Heading into their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSP, NHL.TV), he has six assists in four games and has resumed his role as the catalyst on the power play.

At the same time, he says this is a different Karlsson than we are used to seeing. He insists he has lost some of the natural skill he possessed earlier in his career. The skate laceration that tore 70 percent of the Achilles tendon in his left leg in 2013 has taken a toll, as did the foot and ankle injuries he sustained last season.


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