Sens trade rumours

Today, on (slam Sports) there is an article speculating on some potential moves by the Ottawa Senators. Owen Nolan (who seems to be going to just about every team in contention these days) and Bates Bataglia.Now clearly one of these trades is much more substantial than the other. The article does fail to mention who or what Ottawa would give up in exchange for Nolan, but the idea of the gritty Nolan playing in Ottawa is intriguing. The Senators have had a spectacular season so far, but this won’t be the first time, and fans won’t be convinced until they see some real success in the playoffs.

The big question is money, and whether or not ownership is looking short-term or long term. Nolan’s got a big contract as far as Ottawa is concerned, 6.5 million per year. However, the key to Ottawa’s long term success is to do something substantila in the playoffs. Their fans are not like Nashville or Atlanta fans who are just happy to have a team that wins occasionally.

Its an intersting idea, and might bve just the ticket Ottawa needs to push them over that hump. Wait to see what Ottawa fans will think if Toronto picks up Nolan and beats the Senators in the playoffs again. If I owned the team, that is not a prospect I’d be willing to face.

14 Responses to Sens trade rumours

  1. habsoverserver says:

    I hear they may slice Nolan in half and give the Sens and Leafs and equal share.

  2. Genius says:

    I don’t think this will happen unless Sharks agree to pay 99 percent of his contract.

  3. aafiv says:

    I don’t think that the Sens can afford Nolan.

    I can’t remember the last time Pat Quinn pulled off a trade worth mentioning.

  4. aaron says:

    Sens could never afford Nolan. Throw that trade rumor out the window. He’s overrated anyway.

    Don’t know what Battaglia makes, but he was a key component on the Canes Cup run last year. I could definately see Senators interest there.

  5. mikster says:

    Sens will go after someone like Bates Battaglia, Mike Danton….maybe Gravey.

  6. wingerxx says:

    Nolan is not going to Ottawa. Probably not going anywhere. And I can’t believe Carolina would give up on Battaglia yet. The best fit for Ottawa is a big boy who can scare opponents in the playoffs and can put the puck in the ocean every once in a while. Adam Graves is the quiet kind of tough. But Barnaby would have been perfect, and Sandy McCarthy would do just as well. McCarthy’s numbers sometimed don’t reflect it, but he can be used in the slot on the PP, instead of gooning it up.

  7. TaajAr says:

    If the Sabres could get some owners, we’d gladly trade you Varada or Brown.

  8. cwhockey says:

    I happen to know many, many Thrasher fans. Granted, many other teams have a larger fan base than we do. But all the fans I know are not content with winning the occasional game, very far from it.

    We may live in a geographical location where hockey has never been that popular and there are relatively less supporters, but our passion for the game is the same as anyone. That may be tough to believe, I know. I’m guessing at least part of your assumption comes from that fact about geography. It’s tough for those who have lived all their lives in the northern US or Canada to know what it is like here in the south (and that goes both ways as I don’t know exactly what it is like to live up north).

    But I was raised by my family that grew up in northern Minnesota, so I do have a fair idea what it’s like and what this sport means to those up north. I have the benefit of the southern perspective of hockey, as well as a good idea of the northern perspective. I’ve found out that the passion for the game and for your team doesn’t have a damn thing to do with where you live. Trust me, there are a great deal of Thrasher fans here who want nothing more than to win and are not willing to settle for anything else. Compared to other hockey town, our fan base is smaller and our fans a bit quieter. But we want a winner as bad as everyone else.

  9. sjsharksfan says:

    To think that Nolan is overrated is retarded.

  10. Tradedude says:

    Nolan? Try pulling out of bankrupcy first their Bryden!

  11. Tradedude says:

    svehla for yushky, barasso for 5th rounder, lol.

  12. antisensfan says:

    First of all the sens can’t afford Owen Nolan moneywise or playerwise. It would be good of them to get Bates Battaglia because all they have now is talent, not hard-nosed players. Too bad they still wouldn’t be able to beat the Leafs!

    Go Leafs!

  13. TML51 says:

    The Senators can’t afford to pay their current players…let alone Nolan! I think the Senators deserve a lot of credit. Tops in the Leauge, despite all that is going on around them. Not bad!

  14. TML51 says:

    The Senators can’t afford to pay their current players…let alone Nolan! I think the Senators deserve a lot of credit. Tops in the Leauge, despite all that is going on around them. Not bad!

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