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via Chris Johnston tweet,
Big money for Filip Kuba from #panthers…$8 million over two years.
from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray says now that the Senators are not likely to re-sign Filip Kuba.
This is not surprising. This is not a ploy. This is a sound business decision.
Teammates would like to see the big defenceman return. He’s a popular guy, they say. He’s good for the power play, they insist. He has immensely helped Erik Karlsson become the player he became, we are told.
He can be replaced, I believe. For much less money.
In a non-cap world with all sorts of money to blow, they might offer Kuba similar money or even a raise on his $3.7 million salary to secure him before he tests the free agent market. But the reality is, that’s too much coin for a guy who is coming off a six goal season that was his highest total in four years with the team.
“That’s a big win for us. Not only are we leading the division, but we’re also trying to separate from the bottom teams as well.
“This is a big accomplishment, but it doesn’t really mean anything. We have to keep going. We’ve got plenty of games left and we’ll see where we are (at the end). To be there right now, with the way we’ve worked on the ice and off the ice, is big.”
-Filip Kuba of the Ottawa Senators after beating Montreal tonight. The win puts the Sens in first place in the Northeast and pushed the Bruins down to 7th in the Eastern Conference. More on the game from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
From Ken Warren at Senators Extra:
One look at the Ottawa Senators blueline suggests that GM Bryan Murray will have a problem if he wants both Jared Cowen and David Rundblad to make the opening day roster.
Unless, of course, Murray can ship a veteran defenceman to an island — er, the Islanders.
Chris Botta of Point Blank, a blog on the Islanders, suggests that Islanders GM Garth Snow is interested in adding veteran depth on defence. Keep in mind that money is a factor, here — the Islanders are currently $2.3 million below the salary cap floor.
Hello, Filip Kuba?
Murray would likely jump at the opportunity to unload Kuba, who has one year and $3.7 million remaining on his contract.
via Ken Warren tweet,
Kuba has broken right leg. No surgery expected, but could miss 5-6 weeks.
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators could start the season without Filip Kuba.
The Senators defenceman is being sent for further tests on his right leg after he hit a rut in the ice only 15 minutes into the club’s first workout Saturday.
Coach Cory Clouston didn’t sound optimistic.
“He’s going for x-rays this afternoon. We’ll know more later. Right now that’s all we can say,” said Clouston. “We had to play a lot without him last year. Obviously we may start the season without him again. I guess if you’re going to do it, do it at the start of the season.”
The Ottawa Senators are being forced to move forward without one of their top blueliners.
Filip Kuba underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to repair a herniated disc in his back and Senators general manager Bryan Murray confirmed earlier today that the veteran defenceman will be sidelined for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We suspect he’s out for the next four weeks, at least,” said Murray. “(It looks like) we certainly have to get into the second round, at this point in time, for him to be available to us at all. But let’s hope that’s the case and somewhere down the line, it would be a nice addition to have if we go deep into the playoffs.”
from Don Brennan of Off the Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
Filip Kuba will miss his third straight game with an “illness” tonight.
To me, this just isn’t right.
At the risk of sounding like I’m just picking on the guy, how sick can he be? I mean, really.
I saw Kuba this morning. He looked fine. He had just been to breakfast and he was on his way to the rink, where he and Chris Neil were the only two Senators to go for the morning skate. Afterwards, Neil determined that he was going to play tonight against the Bruins, but Kuba deemed it necessary for another couple of days off to make sure he’s fully recovered from the flu?
Nope, it just isn’t right.
Bob McKenzie on TSN is reporting that Filip Kuba has been extended by the Senators for $3.7 million per for 3 years.
added 9:58am, TSN link now available.
from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,
Not knowing how long Kuba might be in town (he said he’s probably heading to Ottawa on Sunday), I figured I’d try to catch up with the soft-spoken Czech defenseman to get his thoughts on the trade and how everything went down….
This is what he had to say: “The way it was presented to me at the time, I knew even if I said no [to the trade] I wasn’t going to stay here on the team,’’ he said. “So it didn’t make any sense to say “no I’m going to stay’’ and then know I’m going somewhere else anyway.’’
This was one of those ear perk type moments when you start trying to read between the comments and begin to wonder, what does he mean by the way things were presented to him
The Ottawa Senators have traded defenceman Andrej Meszaros to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defencemen Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and a first round pick (previously acquired from San Jose).
Update 8:39pm ET (alanah): Also noted at the TSN link is this contract info—
Sources add that Meszaros is expected to sign a six-year contract with the Lightning averaging $4 million a season.