With about $49 million committed to salaries next season, there will be changes
The Senators will do some spring cleaning Monday at Scotiabank Place — about eight weeks before they had hoped.
While they’ll meet with Senators GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston before going their separate ways following a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 Saturday, some players will be saying goodbye for the final time.
It looked for a while on Saturday like Chicago forward Marian Hossa might be the biggest reason the Blackhawks lost a critical Game 5 in their Western Conference playoff series.
Instead, it was Hossa who wound up getting mobbed by teammates after his goal 4:07 into overtime produced the Blackhawks’ 5-4 victory over the Predators at United Center.
Chris Mason and Marty Turco will probably be the most intriguing players in the goaltenders’ free agent marketplace this summer and yet it’s impossible to know today whether that’s a good or bad situation.
The market for defensemen and forwards is always strong and predictable and the goaltending market is always in a state of flux.
Despite so much going so wrong for so long, general manager Lou Lamoriello said he expects Jacques Lemaire to return as Devils coach next season.
“There’s no question he will be back, unless you know something I don’t know,” Lamoriello said yesterday in the wake of his team’s third straight first-round elimination from the playoffs.
Todd Bertuzzi wouldn’t go there. Not now. Not with a critical Game 5 looming just a few short hours away.
“I am not looking beyond this right here,” he said. “I just want to win. I want what all these guys have had here (my name on the Stanley Cup). Just being around here, it makes you appreciate what they’ve gone through in order to get it. It’s a tough battle and we are still a long way away. But my only goal is to accomplish that.”
The question was about his future. Before the season, Bertuzzi couldn’t tell you if he would play beyond this season. Heck, early on, he wasn’t sure he’d make it through this season. He was coming off three straight injury-plagued seasons. He missed 97 games from 2006 through 2009.