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Sens in hunt for Nash

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The Senators have apparently made a strong pitch for Rick Nash.

Multiple solid sources have confirmed rumblings of Ottawa’s interest, saying GM Bryan Murray has indeed talked with the Columbus Blue Jackets about acquiring the two-time 40-goal scorer.

One insider went a step further by telling Sun Media the players the Senators proposed to send back in the deal for the left winger, a scenario confirmed by another source.

For the just-turned 28-year-old Nash, it appears the Senators are prepared to trade 2011 first-round pick Mika Zibanejad, winger Nick Foligno and goalie Ben Bishop.

It’s not known whether any other moving parts or draft picks would be involved..

While Zibanejad is poised to start his entry-level contract, Foligno, a former first-rounder himself, is a pending restricted free agent in need of a new deal. At the very least, he’ll get a 10% raise on the $1.55 million he made during the 2011-12 season.

Bishop, acquired from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick when No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson suffered a hand injury in February, has a one-way deal next season that will pay him $650,000.

Nash, the first overall pick in 2002, has six years left on a contract that carries a cap hit of $7.8 million.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/06/19/sens-in-hunt-for-nash

Kuba, Gonchar questions must be answered soon

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For the Ottawa Senators and Erik Karlsson, the serious discussions about what he’s worth won’t happen until well after the free-agent frenzy in early July. That’s about the same time as the NHL and the players’ association will be rolling up their sleeves to reach an agreement on how to fairly divide up the league’s revenues.

For the Ottawa Senators and Erik Karlsson, the serious discussions about what he’s worth won’t happen until well after the free-agent frenzy in early July. That’s about the same time as the NHL and the players’ association will be rolling up their sleeves to reach an agreement on how to fairly divide up the league’s revenues.

While all that negotiating nastiness is on the backburner, Senators general manager Bryan Murray is facing some rather pivotal decisions in the next few weeks about how to surround his marquee blue-liner.

Do you adopt the if-it’s-not-broken-don’t-fix-it model or gamble that the grass will be greener with a high-profile new face or two?

The Senators must decide whether to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent Filip Kuba, who delivered an impressive comeback season in 2011-12, serving as Karlsson’s defence partner and safety valve.

At this point, there have been no discussions between the Senators and Kuba’s agent, Rich Evans, but talks must begin soon

http://www.senatorsextra.com/main/karlsson-can-wait-but-kuba-gonchar-questions-must-be-answered-soon

Sens looking to trade Gonchar

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While the Senators will likely try to deal blueliner Sergei Gonchar — who has one year left at $5.5 million — to make room for Erik Karlsson’s new deal, there could be a lot of attention paid to the club’s depth in net.

At least three teams — Columbus, Toronto and Tampa — are looking to shore up goaltending before the draft. There could be a fourth if the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup and Martin Brodeur decides to retire on top.

Senators' Kovalev untradeable: NHL execs

Senators fans aren’t likely to get their wish when it comes to Alex Kovalev this summer.

While the winger took it on the chin in last Sunday’s Ottawa Sun You Be The Boss poll in which 71% of respondents wanted the Russian dealt, three NHL executives doubt it’s going to happen.

After all, having a one-year, $5-million (all terms US) contract, being 37 years old and coming off surgery for a torn ACL and being generally inconsistent in 2009-10 … there just aren’t going to be too many suitors.

“I don’t think anybody is going to want him,” a league executive said Saturday. “Sure, they could try to see if anybody wants to take him, but he’s a high-risk, low-reward player. There’s not a big market for those types of players.”

Sens interested in Maxim Afinogenov

The Sens have shown a slight interest in the speedy winger and that could be what Bryan Murray is looking for to help him get a top 6 forward. Maxim Afinogenov is comming off a bad season where he was demoted to the 4th line of the sabres.

Kovalev to ask Heatley to Stay.

Kovalev has landed in Ottawa with a massive bang. He has claimed he beleives with his addition the Sens can win the Cup, and he has come out and said he wants Heatley to stay, saying the team needs him to win and will be better off to keep him than let him go, he’ll go so far as to call Heatley and see if he can’t make things better and start to repair a fractured relationship.

Senators trade Auld to Stars

The Ottawa Senators today traded journeyman goaltender Alex Auld to the Dallas Stars for a sixth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Auld had a decent season for the Sens, going 16-18-7 with a 2.47 GAA and .911 Save % on a team which never recovered from Gerber’s bad start. This trade can mean one of several things:

Ottawa Senators Announce Starting Lineup

www.ottawasenators.com has posted the starting lineup for the club in their first game.

Of note, Vaclav Varada is injured for the first month of the season, so Antoine Vermette will likely be on the left side playing with Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson on the third line.