The Senators are going to be bringing back coach Dave Cameron next season, as reports say he has signed am extension to continue as Ottawa’s bench boss.
According to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Cameron and Ottawa agreed to a two-year deal Thursday afternoon. Signing the deal means the Senators, and Cameron, get to see if they can recapture the magic that saw them become one of the NHL’s hottest teams down the homestretch of the regular season.
Cameron landed the job as Senators coach on Dec. 8 after the team relieved Paul MacLean, the 2012-13 Jack Adams Award winner, of his duties. Read more
The Ottawa Senators announced Wednesday that owner Eugene Melnyk, who had undergone a liver transplant on May 19, has been released from Toronto General Hospital and is doing well.
“Mr. Melnyk’s recovery has been proceeding very well since undergoing his transplant,” said Dr. Atul Humar in a statement released by the Senators. “As with all of our transplant patients, Mr. Melnyk has been monitored closely by his transplant team and his general health has improved to the point where he can begin the next phase of his recovery. In addition, we are pleased to report that the anonymous donor has also been discharged and is doing extremely well.” Read more
As the New York Rangers head into the off-season, it seems doubtful right winger Martin St-Louis will return with the club. St-Louis, who turns 40 on June 18, is an unrestricted agent in July. It was obvious throughout this season that his skills are declining. His 52 points were lower than the 2012-13 lockout season, the lowest in an injury-free NHL season since 2000-01.
With more than $59.5 million invested in their 2015-16 payroll and key free agents like Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin to re-sign, the Rangers probably can’t afford to keep St-Louis. Facing an uncertain future, the veteran intends to take some time in the coming weeks to consider his options.
Should St-Louis decide to continue his playing career, his NHL options could be limited. Among the reasons behind his trade last season from Tampa Bay to New York was to be close to his family. Should that remain a priority, he’ll only have a handful of teams to choose from and they might not require his services. Read more
As the Chicago Blackhawks jockey with the Anaheim Ducks in a thrilling Western Conference Final, questions about their off-season plans are starting to churn in the NHL rumor mill. ESPN.com’s Scott Powers reports the projected marginal increase of the salary cap to $71 million combined with the Blackhawks’ limited cap space (over $66 million invested in 13 players) will force GM Stan Bowman to shed salary this summer.
Bowman must free up cap space to re-sign restricted free agent forwards left winger Brandon Saad and center Marcus Kruger. Powers lists forwards Bryan Bickell ($4-million cap hit), Kris Versteeg ($2.2-million), Andrew Shaw ($2-million) and Patrick Sharp ($5.9-million) as potential trade candidates. Read more
When there’s a coaching vacancy in the NHL, Binghamton Senators bench boss Luke Richardson’s name is often brought up, but it appears he’ll be back in the AHL for at least one more season.
According to a report from the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Richardson has been offered a new contract that would keep the former NHL blueliner in the AHL. Some believed that the coaching gig in Buffalo, which has ties to Ottawa through GM Tim Murray who was formerly an assistant GM with the Senators, was the most likely landing spot should Richardson make the jump to the big leagues. With former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma being named the Sabres’ new coach, however, it appears Richardson’s options may have dried up. Read more
It had to come eventually, but it’s heartbreaking to learn that Bryan Murray will no longer be the GM of the Ottawa Senators following the 2015-16 season.
Murray revealed in an interview with CBC’s Hallie Cotnam that he plans on the upcoming season being his last as the GM of the Senators after serving in the post for the past eight seasons. Prior to becoming the Senators’ GM, Murray spent 17 seasons as an NHL coach.
“I’m not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness,” Murray told Cotnam. Read more
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray didn’t set out to make his battle with colon cancer public because he wanted to receive recognition, he did it so he could help raise awareness and possibly help save some lives. He’s done the latter already, and now United Way is making sure he gets the honor he deserves.
The United Way announced that Murray will receive the Community Builder of the Year award for his work in making his battle public and helping to inspire others in Ottawa and across the country. He will be presented with the award at an awards gala Thursday, but in a video released by the United Way, the 72-year-old Senators GM already is trying to play down his role. Read more
Lost amid news of the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring Mike Babcock were reports of the Boston Bruins hiring a new GM. Over a month after firing Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins promoted assistant GM Don Sweeney.
The Boston media wasted little time dreaming up “to-do” lists for Sweeney. Along with re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Dougie Hamilton and deciding if Claude Julien stays or goes as head coach, The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa and the Boston Herald’s Stephen Harris agreed a decision must be reached over left winger Milan Lucic’s future with the Bruins. Read more