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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After accepting a deal to play in Finland, Donovan was told the contract has been put on hold.
So the 35-year-old free agent is back to square one, searching for a new home. Except now there’s only two weeks before NHL camps open.
Instead of going for a skate Wednesday at the Bell Sensplex, Donovan went for a bike ride in the Gatineau hills with his lawyer, Larry Kelly.
“I don’t really know what’s going to happen now,” said Donovan. “I thought that I had something in Europe, but it didn’t work out. There was a deal I thought I accepted, but they said I didn’t call back quick enough.
“It’s all right. I guess it just means this is going to take a little longer. I’ll have to find something else. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll take it’ and then they didn’t call me back for a few days.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Only 49 games shy of reaching the 1,000 milestone in his NHL career, the 35-year-old winger, a Carleton Place native who has suited up the past three years for the Senators, would like play one more year.
But with time ticking away toward the opening of training camps and with more than 40-50 unrestricted free agents still looking for work, Donovan isn’t sure he’ll get that one last opportunity.
“I just want the chance to play. That’s the most important thing to me,” said Donovan Thursday.
While Donovan’s lawyer Larry Kelly has talked to a couple of NHL teams that might be looking for help, there haven’t been any solid offers.
While Donovan has been delaying a decision, there are two good offers from teams in Europe. He’d like to wait a little longer to see what happens on the NHL front.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators will also be without fourth-line winger Shean Donovan tomorrow and maybe for the rest of the season. He sustained a right knee injury on a knee-on-knee hit by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. The exact extent of the injury won’t be known until more tests are completed today, but Senators general manager Bryan Murray said it was serious.
“It’s his MCL (medial collateral ligament) for sure and he’s having an MRI to see if it’s the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), too. We won’t know until tomorrow,” said Murray.
He contacted NHL executive vice-president of hockey operations Colin Campbell to discuss the hit, but Murray said he didn’t expect there would a suspension coming for Cooke.
“If it was any other player, you wouldn’t say anything, but it’s happened several times,” said Murray of Cooke.
from the North Bay Nugget,
He (Hartsburg) is going to take control of the room pretty good and just make sure we do things right, get the proper rest and be ready,” said Donovan, who expects to play a similar role with the Senators under Hartsburg.
I’m 33 now, so I try to be more of a leader in the room, but at the same time, you want to be that third-line player who goes out there and shuts other teams down and plays a good role.
I think they (team management) knew the big boys got pretty tired last season, so they want to make sure we get four lines going, because teams that win now have four full lines.”
From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,
Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]
Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.
read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens
Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.
Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.” According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.
Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:
Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.
“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”
Quite the day Garrioch is having today…
From Ken Warren at Canwest News via the National Post,
The club already has $32.3 million US locked up in the ‘08-09 salaries of Heatley, Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, Martin Gerber and Chris Phillips.
The Senators must re-sign restricted free agents Antoine Vermette and Andrej Meszaros, while also contemplating whether to re-sign unrestricted-free-agent centre Cory Stillman, winger Shean Donovan and defenceman Mike Commodore, or any other player who may become available on July 1.
Commodore, for one, wants to know who the club’s new coach is before weighing his options on whether to return.
read on… *negotiations with Chris Kelley not going well, either