It seems like every week there’s something new popping up about the Senators. Considering Ottawa’s less then stellar play the more they show. Here is my take at what’s being talked about recently.
Well let’s take a look at some rumors:
The idea of Kevin Bieska being traded to the Senators. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun suggested that Bieska would be a perfect fit for Bryan Murray’s want of “blueline grit”. My issue with the idea of Bieska being traded to the Senators is the cap issues with the Canucks. Vancouver doesn’t have a lot of cap space money so Ottawa would be dealing a prospect Cowen,Hoffman and Weircioch are ruled out so that would probably Gryba or O’Brien. Bieska’s fit would be nice to have but Bieska being a UFA at the end of the season could command more than the 3.75 mil that he earns already.
Last week rumor popped up about Wojtek Wolski being a peak interest of Ottawa. This rumor came from SensChirp and Eklund(pretty much the National Enquirer for hockey). This rumor kinda confused me. Wolski is a playmaker not a goal scorer which doesnt fit Ottawa’s need in the forward department. Ottawa has trouble scoring goals but has tons of passing talent in Spezza,Karlsson,Gonchar and Alfredsson. Wolski making 3.80 mil this year and next is kinda inexpensive but I just dont see him coming to Ottawa unless Scottie Upshall is packaged with him.
Brian Lee, since October there hasn’t been a week where he hasn’t been a name in the rumor mill. Bryan Murray seems to be working the phone and even put him on waivers. But is there interest in this former first rounder? The Ottawa Sun said 3 teams would be interested in Brian Lee as long as the Senators took money back. I would think the best thing for Lee is to package him in a bigger deal for a team that requires some salary relief. Vancouver dealing Beiska would be ideal to package Lee. Ottawa should have some kind of deal in the new year but now with the NHL Christmas freeze coming up it’s unlikely Lee will be moved.
Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan tweeted that Bryan Murray tried to target Devin Setoguchi in the Heatley trade. Setoguchi hasn’t had the most wonderful season being a -7 and only collecting 7 points in 21 games. He is sitting out with a upper body injury as well. Bryan Murray could target this player again consider Setoguchi’s weak start. Logan Couture has been better for the Sharks which could push Setoguchi down the lines. So I’d say Bryan go for a deal but it’s probably unlikely that it will happen.
If some of you think a coaching change might fix this group think again. Ottawa Senator’s owner Eugene Melnyk has already told Bryan Murray that he won’t permit a new coach coming in at this point of the season. So if Cory Clouston is fired Bryan Murray will take over the bench and that’s not something he is eager to do. So Clouston has some job security until the end of the season.
Well there’s some gossip about the Sens. I want to hear what you guys/gals think about Ottawa’s next move will be.
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