Latest on the Senators and Rangers – May 27, 2013.

The “priority lists” this off-season for the Senators and Rangers.

Could the Senators target Bobby Ryan?

Could the Senators target Bobby Ryan?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch makes a priority list for the Senators this off-season. Among the obvious (re-sign Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Condra and Patrick Wiercioch, cutting loose Sergei Gonchar and Peter Regin), Garrioch suggests the Senators pursue Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan via trade and Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula via free agency.

LA PRESSE: Sylvain St-Laurent reports Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse faces an uncertain NHL future but has no regrets over signing with Ottawa this season.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Ben Raby reports Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar may have played his final NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the Ducks are prepared to move Ryan, though they could be squeezed for cap space this summer. As for Filppula, his rumored asking price is $5 million per season, so I doubt Murray will have much interest in him. Murray won’t sit on his hands this summer, as he’ll have over $22 million in cap space, leaving more than enough to re-sign his key players and pursue a scoring winger via trade or free agency, provided owner Eugene Melnyk is will to spend up to the $64.3 million cap next season.

I doubt Latendresse returns to the Sens, and because of his injury history could have difficulty landing with another NHL team. If Gonchar will willing to return for less money on a short-term deal, I think Murray would listen. Otherwise, he’ll be playing for another NHL team or in the KHL next season.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/NEW YORK POST/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Pat Leonard, Larry Brooks and Andrew Gross published their priority lists for the Rangers this summer. Buying out Brad Richards and re-signing defenseman Ryan McDonagh are among the priorities, with Gross reporting the Rangers will have 48 hours following the end of the Stanley Cup Final to decide on a buy out for Richards. Leonard believes they could target another gritty skater like Washington’s Matt Hendricks via free agency. Gross and Leonard suggested Michael Del Zotto and Brian Boyle could be dangled as trade bait. Regarding McDonagh, the trio noted the Rangers policy is to re-sign players coming out of their entry level contracts to two-year “bridge contracts”, but believe the Rangers should make an exception for McDonagh.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers currently have over $13.5 million in cap space, and also have to re-sign Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello, and must decide if they’ll re-sign UFA winger Ryane Clowe. Buying out Richards frees up his average annual cap hit of $6.67 million, so there wouldn’t be any need to move Del Zotto or Boyle unless GM Glen Sather needs to bolster his depth elsewhere. 


  1. I think patience is the key for Murray and the Sens. They’ve laid a good groundwork to build upon, but have to avoid the temptation of trying to speed up the process. They are a young, hungry team with lots of upside that grew by leaps and bounds with all the adversity that they faced this season. Another year of maturation for the likes of Turris, Silferberg and Zibanejead should address some of the question marks on offense, while their young defense corps could be the envy of the league for years to come. The danger in making a big trade to land a Bobby Ryan is that you may get saddled with a player who may not want to play or live in Ottawa, an in doing so, sacrifice some of the attributes that have contributed to the club’s upswing. I think the smartest route for Murray to go, is in adding smaller, more complimentary pieces to the puzzle, keeping his core group intact until they hit a plateau in their development.

  2. I agree with Bowman, if Ottawa is looking for a gritty winger, they could probably find alternatives that won’t cost them a trade, ex Ryan Clowe (I doubt NYR will sign him)
    Filpulla is unrealistic in his asking price in my opinion, the only reason his numbers are respectable was due to his line-mates. He’s asking #1 line money, when in my opinion he’s clearly a 2nd liner.
    I think Latendresse will take a huge pay cut, but he’ll land somewhere else.

  3. Richards still has the ability to bounce back and put up a 75 point season. It’s a tough decision to make for the Rangers. I think re-signing Stepan is just as big of a priority as re-signing McDonagh.

  4. Don’t see Bobby Ryan as the guy leaving just yet. He has two years left on his contract so their is no hurry at this point. That being said Ducks do need to rearrange salary as they have less than 5 million in cap space and must sign Palmieri and Belesky plus Lovejoy, Lydman, Selanne, & Koivi OR THEIR REPLACENTS.
    Most likely one to be traded is Hiller. Makes 4.5 million and will be in last year of contact. Ducks are deep in goal and can move up Andersen from AHL to back up Fasth. John Gibson can replace Anderson in AHL and he is developing faster than anyone thought he would. Also forget Ryan Miller coming to Ducks as Anaheim is trying to lower salary base in goal not raise it. With Hiller making 4.5 Million next season and Fasth 2.4 that makes 6.9 mil which Ducks feel is too much, Replacing Hiller with Miller adds another 1.7 million to the goalie cost, won’t happen. Another trade option is Cogliano who had a better than expected scoring year and will be in his last year of contract next season. Ducks are loaded with young forward prospects so guessing Cogliano could be in line to be moved.

    • I agree about the Miller thing, the people who suggest Miller to one of the California teams need to actually follow the west coast teams. SJ, LA and Ana are the last three teams that want or need Miller. I don’t care if his wife is an actress or not, theres just no fit.

      • King, I understand what you are saying – the thing is… of the game and the media have this “love affair” with Miller – he is an “elite” goaltender who plays with a crappy team. Interestingly, even with a SC behind him, it has only been the past 2-3 months where Niemi has gotten his due and moved into that “elite” category. Unfortunately, I don’t think Hiller is considered in that same class. At one time he was, but I think Anaheim’s signing of Fasth tells a different story. While I know Anaheim has to lose some salary – they also have to resign or replace a number players. They can save $7MM by not resigning Lombardi, Koivu and Steckel, they can also buy out Allen and his $3.5MM salary. Anyway, Buffalo makes a good trade partner for Anaheim because they do have assets and draft picks. It really doesn’t matter to me if Miller stays or goes – I just think that to some teams they might believe he is the “missing piece”, especially those teams that were bounced in the 1st round. And although Anaheim has 4 goalies that count $7MM towards the cap – they still might be enamoured enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

  5. First off, I kinda see Alfredsson retiring. He is still a capable player but for some reason I see him saying he has had enough.
    Filppula is a decent player whose numbers have been trending upwards, but it was a tough season for him. He is playing not to badly in the playoffs so some Gm’s might be interested. If the wings re-sign him it will be short term for two years, Filppula will be looking for more years. He can be replaced.
    I feel sorry for Latendresse. I hated him when with the habs but he has shown some periods of playing well, however injuries have derailed a career that could have been much better.
    If the rangers buy ouy Richards that is saying goodbye to many millions of dollars. His contract is pretty hefty. Personally I think the rangers should say goodbye to both Sather and Tortorella. How many teams would keep their GM if he just pissed away buckets of money, or a coach who couldn’t figure out how to get the most out of Richards, and in my opinion Gaborik and the current ranger Nash.
    Ottawa, I think its time you sailed the good ship Gonchar. He may still have a little in the tank but it can’t be much. Bring in the young guys while the atmosphere with the existing young guys is at an all time high. So far that strategy has worked.
    Of all the free agents the rangers have the most important one to sign is Stepan. Wonder what would happen if he decided he wanted out of New York. Just think of the shit storm that would cause in the teams front office, LOL. Maybe the same with McDonagh. Do I smell offer sheets coming? The first to get traded will be del Zotto, just a hunch.
    Clowe would be a decent signing, but only if your sure that he will rebound from such a demoralizing year. Someone will be willing to spend to much. They might get lucky but the risk could be worth it to sign Clowe but not at more than about 3 mil per on a two year contract.

    • Drew, the thing with Torts is…once you get on his shit list – you don’t get the time to work out of any funk your in. Clowe, really didn’t get anything going in NY, so I don’t see him getting signed. I do see del Zotto being traded, maybe to Edmonton for Hemsky or Gagner but I also see NY as a team that could go after Dupuis. The main thing with the rangers is that they have a slew of talent, I think that Torts way of bullying gets old, especially with the vets and it becomes demotivating.

  6. I don’t think the Ducks trade Ryan… What is Garrioch thinking? The Sens just go to the Ducks and say give us Ryan?

    Gonchar, although up there in age, had a good regular season and first playoff round. He was invaluable to the young D when Cowen & Karlsson went down. Going through most of the regular season with 3 rookies on D.. his experience was helpful. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is resigned.

    I hope Alfie has 1 more year in him. He said he enjoyed this season and had fun… I think the young players kept him going..

    Latendresse was rushed into the NHL by the Habs when he wasn’t ready. He should have spent some time in the AHL. That hurt him in the long run. The injuries haven’t helped. I think someone picks him up or he goes to Europe for 1 season…

    The Ranger had a better team last season without Nash. I think getting him hurt their depth. They could not sign Prust who was an important player for them…

  7. So NYR will buy our B.Richards but will keep Trots? Interesting. Trots could not get it going with Gaborik, he could not get NYR going with Nash and Gaborik, so Sather traded Gaborik and now Nash disappeared in playoffs. Benching B.Richards for two finals games was really smart move. :)

    imo Trots has no idea how to adjust his coaching style.

  8. Re: Senators : Murray could make a play to sign Bickell who played 4 years for the 67’s and knows the city & is a big body. Like many others teams he’ll also kick tires on Dupuis & Clarkson both those guys will get overpaid by somebody , right place right time. I believe Michalek’s knee injury is worse than we know and could either keep him for a while out due to recontructive surgery or slow him down considerably so Murray may need two 1st line wingers to play with Spezza.
    Trade wise, Loui Ericksson, Dallas, would be a good fit in Ottawa. Ottawa has bevy of young lower cost talent and prospects to offer up. Chris Stewart, St.l , could also be targeted , after a good regular season he kinda slumped the last 2 weeks of the season and playoffs , plus he is an RFA and St.L my not be willing to ante up. I don’t see Cory Conacher staying in Ottawa and he could be part of a package to pull in some bigger top line scoring.