Latest Senators and Islanders Rumors – March 27, 2014.

Are the Senators close to re-signing Ales Hemsky? Could the Islanders re-sign Evgeni Nabokov?

Will Ales Hemsky remain a Senator beyond this season?

Will Ales Hemsky remain a Senator beyond this season?

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators have not yet held discussions with Ales Hemsky’s agent nor has GM Bryan Murray stated his intent to re-sign the winger. Murray does anticipate speaking with Hemsky’s agent in the near future.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky has terrific chemistry with Senators center Jason Spezza since joining the club at the trade deadline. In ten games with the Sens, he has 2 goals and 6 assists. I daresay there will be a serious effort to re-sign Hemsky but there will be some factors affecting the process. Most importantly is how much he wants in salary and for how long. The other is Spezza’s future with the Senators. If he won’t commit beyond next season, the Senators could shop him this summer. If so, they might not feel the need to re-sign Hemsky. 

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple recently reported the New York Islanders might be interested in re-signing goalie Evgeni Nabokov and using him in a backup role next season. Nabokov recently had a 41-save performance in a 2-0 shutout of Columbus. He also has a .912 save percentage in even-strength situations this season and brings a good demeanor to the team.  Staple noted Nabokov’s representatives said there’s been no talks with Isles management but it’s still early.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nabokov as a backup isn’t a bad idea for the Islanders. They will be in the market for a starter this summer. 


  1. I think Hemsky had 4 assist in his 1st game as a Senator so he’s had 2 goals and 2 assists in the next 9 games which translates into a 40 point season. I think Murray should wait to see how he does the rest of the year. He has a habit of disappearing for long stretches.

    • Agreed wait till the season plays out not a good idea to start a bidding war against yourself.

      • And its not like there was a lineup of teams begging Edmonton to trade him over the past two or three years.

    • Well said. Waaaay to early to think Hemsky can provide that type of production.

  2. Nabokov as a backup sounds good. What happens with that Nelson or Nielsen guy? Sent back to the minors? And out of starting goalies available via free agency the only one I see that could sign with Isles is Halak. If Hiller resigns then Miller will resign. If Miller signs with Anaheim then Hiller I believe would sign with St. Louis.

    • Also Cam Ward is available through trade. Forgot about Brian Elliott. He’s UFA this summer to if I’m not mistaken.

    • Can’t imagine a lot of goalies lining up to be on the Island as FAs. I suspect the Isles will need to make some kind of deal to get a legit goalie. Of course it was widely known they needed one last year as well and did nothing so as an isles fan (guessing I don’t need to add long suffering do I?) I have little optimism.

      Possible targets for trade could include Reimer (sorry Leaf fans but ugh), Ward (sorry Canes fans but ugh), or one of the prospects that are close. The Ducks have a couple, Tampa has prospect depth in net and perhaps Subban from Boston with Rask in the way. My guess is, because it’s Garth Snow, he’ll give up way to much for one of the goalies who couldn’t stop a football with a snowshovel and things will continue much as they have.

      Nielson was supposed to catch a bus back to the minors but it went between his legs and he missed it.

      • Yeah well right now Kemps and Bryz couldn’t stop a beach ball, boy, the WIld are in deep trouble right now with goaltending, among other things……..