Howdy from Ottawa, where the sun is out on a Senators game day. OV8, Semin, Backstrom and Green are in town to face our boys in the battle of the capital cities. Is going to be a tough one, Sens will do good to gain a point in this one. Also of note is Jason Spezza left practice early yesterday with a sore back. He maybe out as C Peter Regin has been called up from 'Bingo for his NHL debut. If you read my blog yesterday on our farm team, you would have read a little blurb about the Denmark native. He is big and has some offensive ability so we'll see.
Bryan Murray, who is forever trading/not signing puck-moving defensemen only to complain about not having a puck-moving defensemen made the $412,000 decision to NOT pickup D Cory Murphy via waivers. The Islanders (the worst team in the league by 8 pts.) passed on Murphy because they are both cheap and want to throw the season to get John Tavares or Vic Hedman. If you don't believe this is the truth, lord have mercy upon you. Atlanta decided against Murphy because they are flush with puck-moving defensemen. When it was Ottawa's turn to decide on the Kanata, ON native, our hard-luck GM decided to pocket the $412,000 (base salary of $800,000, half the season gone) and continue on with his slow, non-offensive defense. Next up was Tampa and they wasted no time. Smart move as Murphy collected an assist while QB'ing the Lightning's PP last night vs Dallas.
Why didn't Murray take a flyer on the very affordable Cory Murphy? God knows, I don't. Murphy has been hurt all year and is in no position to ask for much of a raise over his $800,000 a yr deal he currently has. Also he is a UFA at the end of the season, so really what's there to lose at this point? He is young enough to be signed to a 2-3 yr deal if he turned out and if not, send him on his way. I had thought for sure the Sens were going after Cory due to his great skating ability, offensive skills and cheap contract. Instead they pass and stick with the more expensive Schubert whom they could have put on waivers upon signing Murphy anyways so to actually save money ($83,333 more a yr for Christoph compared to Cory).
Either way it's to late now, but I would love to hear a reason why this move wasn't done if the Senators are as serious as they still sound about making a run to the post-season. I know I am receiving some well informed email's from a few readers stating the season is done and the Sens should tank to get a high draft pick. I disagree with both suggestions and really there is no way for a team to tank with Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson. Do you actually think we could drop below the Islanders? Have you seen them play this season? Come on folks, I know this season hurts alot but our boys will be much better in the second half of the season.
Colin Jeffrey - [email][email protected]