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@Mothballsuitor Just because you raise ticket prices by (say) 10% doesn't mean you will make 10% more money. The price is based on demand and I'm assuming that very smart people in the organization determined that is the price at which they make the most money right now. I can't imagine they'd be leaving money on the table.
Fancostexperience.com is also misleading, they don't include premium seating and luxury boxes in their figures.
1 year, 1 month ago on Melnyk Hires PR Firm Called 'ESPN' to Perform Study on Pro Sports Franchises
I can't figure out what Melnyk is trying to accomplish with his latest comments to Gordon. The only thing I can come up with is this is all part of his routine in order to try and get a casino from the city and OLG.
1 year, 2 months ago on Melnyk on Alfie's Decision Factors
This is a reality for most teams. Spending to the cap is a loss unless you go deep into the playoffs. It's an expensive gamble, I think Eugene has said this himself. It's only a question of whether he can't or won't afford to spend more than $50M.
Personally I don't mind that they have an internal budget right now, save the money to re-sign our best RFAs in the years to come. There's no good free agents on the market(I would have only thrown money at Perry).
Hopefully we'll be able to afford making a run at the Cup. He is going to need his casino(or something else) to grow revenues if the cap will be climbing over the next few years as predicted. Otherwise ticket prices will be going way up (they might anyway).
1 year, 4 months ago on A $50 Million Self-imposed Cap for the Sens?
I agree with what Melnyk is trying to say. Mindlessly spending to the cap won't get you anywhere, I'm sure Pelgula is learning that now.
We do have to be smarter and build a winner largely from within, that's how we went from a basement dwelling expansion team to a contender and that's how we'll do it again.
The ridiculous FA signings (and Weber offer sheet) will probably not be possibly in the new CBA (at least to this extent) so the playing field will hopefully be more level.
2 years, 3 months ago on Eugene Melnyk Speaks, Embraces Small Market Mentality | July
I think it's more about number of contracts and roster spots than cap hit. Even "inferior teams" don't have room (especially in their top-6 which is where he should be).
I could see him getting a 2-way contract from someone.
2 years, 3 months ago on Bobby "Buyout" - Butler Goes Unclaimed on Waivers | July
dream ? more like a nightmare.
2 years, 3 months ago on The Rick Nash to Ottawa Dream is Dead | July
Cap floor will go down, if you've seen the proposals made by the NHL during negotiations so far. Only a question of how much, but I doubt it will be small.
And yes it might take losing part(or the entire) NHL season to do so.
2 years, 3 months ago on The Race to the Cap Floor: Kaspars Daugavins Signs One-Year Contract | July
@Nichols6thSens Good point but when have the Sens ever landed a top free agent (in their prime ) ? Weber will be able to choose from the entire NHL, why come to Ottawa ?
I think they expect Ceci to slot in behind EK when Gonchar leaves right now.
Most of our roster improvement will come from prospects or trades, I can't see us "landing a big fish", maybe if we make the SCF. We haven't won a playoff series since 2007, I don't think we're on the radar for top players right now.
2 years, 3 months ago on Nash(ville) Problems | July
@Nichols6thSens Makes sense for us but I really doubt Weber would sign here long term when he'd have offers from the entire league to consider. He'll hit free agency after seeing the kind of offers Suter/Parise got.
Weber is a RH shot like Karlsson, they would (almost) never play together. I don't think it's worth it. He'll probably go to Vancouver and replace Edler(UFA in 1 year).
@Nichols6thSens Edmonton is just hyped because of their 1st overall trio and their obvious need for good D-men. When is the last time a top player willingly went to Edmonton ?
Ottawa is also a team on the rise and we have a spot for him but we could insulate him behind Gonchar and EK. Surely him and his agent know he's not going to be a star in his 1st season, he'll have ups and downs and he'll probably hit a wall from the NHL schedule at some point. We have a compelling case for Schultz as well, but you don't see that in the media.
2 years, 4 months ago on Carkner Rejects One Year $700k Offer | June
Edmonton journalist upsells the Oilers and downplays the competition. Shocking.
What's with his obsession with "Fab Four" ? We're trying to sign Justin Schultz not Ringo Starr
@slavitch @Barnsley_Pal Because we have some top-6 forwards on this team ?
With that line of thinking maybe we should trade Karlsson, that's a career year he just had, he'll never top that.
2 years, 4 months ago on Please Stop Recruiting Rick Nash Mr. Friedman | June
@Barnsley_Pal Trading Michalek would be one of the stupidest things Murray could do right about now.
The rumored offer included Foligno (who would cost us $2M+ to re-sign) so bringing Nash in would only be about $5M+ increase cap hit (which is about what it would cost to bring in a top-6 via UFA). Maybe that's why ? (Plus I imagine Melnyk thinks Nash would help sell tickets and jerseys).
I think Murray is trying to landed Hammer in Chicago, Michalek and Gonchar both play the same and with EK on the RH side as well, one of them would only play bottom-pair minutes, not worth it. It'd be worth to swap Gonchar for Michalek but that would never happen.
Absolutely correct that Nash is probably starting to decline, hard to tell how much he declines, what physical condition he is in and how much of his decline that he plays for an awful team with little hope of being anything other than a lottery pick every year. I am impressed he has the energy to get up in the morning knowing you play for a team with no future on the horizon.
Gaborik signed a big deal with New York and has 2 40+ goal seasons under his belt there and he is made of glass unlike Nash so it's not like acquiring a player at that age means they can't produce anymore.
A player like Ryan or Evander Kane makes far more sense for the Sens but young talented forwards on cap friendly ELC or RFA contracts are at a premium and I expect it would cost much more to get such a player than Nash.
Ultimately I think Murray should consider both, I imagine there is assets he is willing to part with and ones he isn't.
2 years, 4 months ago on Sens Out Of Nash Sweepstakes, Alfie's Decision to Return & More | June
@Nichols6thSens It says Zibanejad, Foligno and Bishop. No mention of our 1st or any other draft picks.
2 years, 4 months ago on Anatomy Of A Rumour: Nash edition | June
You can now add everyone's favorite reporter in Ottawa Don Brennan to the list :) lol
Schultz would always be in Karlsson's shadow here, plus he's a RH shot like EK so they'd almost never play together.
Ottawa is an interesting possibility but I think it's more likely he goes to Vancouver or reunites with his BFF Gardiner in Toronto.
2 years, 4 months ago on Schultz Watch: We'll Be Watching More Than the Draft This Weekend | June
@Nichols6thSens I'd be all for either of them but neither of those players are available (at least right now)
2 years, 4 months ago on Dreger: "(Murray) made it be known that Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop are available." | June
Nash's career production is similar to Corey Perry:
Don't think Nash is overhyped(overpaid yes) but he's played on one of the worst teams in the NHL and single handedly put up those numbers without much help.
I'm not advocating "selling the farm" for Nash but with our own franchise player nearing retirement, we're going to need some help up front and soon and there's no guarantee any of our prospects will ever hit 70 points in the NHL.
Just playing devil's advocate here on why it makes sense to kick tires on Nash.
@Wham_City Well he mentioned "reportedly" for all the teams involved. Except for NYR it's all guesswork as to who's actually in the running.
It wouldn't surprise if Murray kicked the tires on Nash but I can't see him seriously considering the deal unless Alfie is retiring this summer since we'd need an immediate top-6.
2 years, 4 months ago on Ottawa Linked to Rick Nash Rumours Once Again | June
Michael Russo in Minnesota also mentioned Ottawa as one of the teams, he's a more legit source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/159373125.html
Although who knows where he got it from.
@Nichols6thSens @77Sens Well they can make some trades (like Ballard who might be a good fit here if he's available).
Let's face it, it's unlikely any of the better UFA D-men (<35 years old ) sign here, when's the last time that happened ?
Garrison will get an Erhoff-like contract, I can't see Eugene doing given his comments recently about the team's spending.
2 years, 4 months ago on Creating and Plugging Holes on Ottawa's Blue Line | June
According to Strickland, Garrison's rights may be traded if Panthers can't sign him.
He's my #1 choice but with the Vancouver comments I think he may be like Hamhuis 2 years ago. Rights traded around but he signs with Vancouver in the end.
Don't forget that we can flip Bishop for a 2nd rounder+ in the future whenever Lehner is ready.
Wamsley coached Bishop and currently coaches Lehner. I am sure he had input in this and it's clear the organization doesn't think Lehner is ready for next season(and maybe beyond).
Having too many goalies is a good problem to have.
2 years, 8 months ago on Senators Acquire Goaltender Ben Bishop | February
@Nichols6thSens Not sure Cowen is quite ready for such icetime either. Having 2 rookies on the blueline just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, our defence is shaky enough as it is.
2 years, 9 months ago on Whatever Happens, Happens | January
Possibility of a lockout would also discourage teams from trading for him, assuming he'd waive his NMC (which I doubt).
If this team is in playoff contention by the deadline, Kuba won't be traded, you don't subtract from a winning team. I can't recall a playoff contending team ever trading a pending UFA.
It's a stretch to assume Borowiecki (who hasn't played a single NHL game) can just step in and take Kuba's ice time, it's even worse to drop him into the NHL expecting him to fulfill that role immediately. It's more likely Philips would take on the increased ice time but Kuba has been better than Philips this year. I'd take management's word that Boro is NHL ready with a grain of salt, they also said Rundblad is NHL ready and we all saw how that turned out.
He's not ready to play in the NHL. Murray even said he needs to get stronger. Columbus really messed him up putting him in the AHL at the age of 18. I think all the good Russian NHL players didn't come over til they were age 20 or older (Kovalchuk is the only exception I think).
Ottawa will give him a qualifying offer to keep his rights and I think he'll sign for a few years in the KHL. Maybe when he gets stronger, becomes more mature he'll come back once he's sick of the KHL and the money factor wears off.
I find it hard to believe he really wants to play there, most Russian NHL players have stated they prefer the NHL.
I think there's at least a small chance we'll see him in Ottawa again.
2 years, 10 months ago on Breaking: Nikita Filatov Loaned to CSKA | December
I'm not really surprised, we're kind of in an "extended preseason" now as MacLean juggles the lines. Especially since they need to decide what to do with Rundblad and Zibanejad. We don't really have a final roster with all the extra bodies so we'll see people moving in and out of the lineup, probably at the expense of someone who doesn't really deserve
Butler hasn't really earned his spot in the top-6 based on his preseason play. He'll get his chance eventually.
As for Filatov I think he's a long-term project and really needs time. His talent and speed are clearly apparent but he hasn't really 'clicked' and he looks really frustrated out there. It'll be interesting if they resign him, we've got Hoffman, Silfverberg and Petersson pushing for roster spots next year.
3 years ago on Sending Messages: Filatov, Butler and Lee Scratched | October
Good points about not getting caught up in the MacLean/Red Wings hype however MacLean was offered a contract extension by the Wings. They do want to keep him but they're being nice and let him try and move forward in his career. I assume he'll take the extension if he doesn't land a head coaching position somewhere.
3 years, 4 months ago on One Quasi-Baseless Thought on Coaching Candidate Paul MacLean | June