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Depending on how the next few weeks play out one option to bolster the Rangers blueline may be Filip Kuba, at present an Ottawa Senator. Depending on your opinion, Kuba is a great example of the ever-thinning free agent class this summer. With guys like Brad Stuart heading out West, Dennis Wideman unlikely to reach free agency, and Jaro Spacek and Pavel Kubina not making for appealing candidates, Kuba is one of the bigger blueline names likely to hit free agency.
Kuba doesn’t play physical, despite possessing great size (6’4, 225lbs) and his 53 regular season hits in 73 games indicate. He is unlikely to return to the Senators due to his (likely) reluctance to take a pay cut from the $3.7m he earned this season. The Senators have plenty of offensive blueline talent in veteran Sergei Gonchar and young superstar Erik Karlsson, so they can afford to play hardball with Kuba – hence the apparent likelihood of Kuba’s departure from Ottawa.
Kuba has some offensive talent, but has never disp...
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While Wayne Scanlan's reporting (and podcast appearence with Graeme and Creech) had pegged the possibiltiy as "unlikely". In a blog post last Friday Pierre Lebrun seemed to suggest the Senators hadn't completely closed the door on bringing Kuba back next season.
"Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com on Friday that he has touched base with Filip Kuba...
What I remember most from this playoff run is the Senators up 3-2 in series and pulling Stone from the lineup and replacing him with a guy
— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) June 15, 2012
from Sweden who didn't contriubte one bit of blood, sweat or tears for the club.I can't imagine how Stone felt. So proud to set up Spezza
— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) June 15...
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With just a couple of weeks until the opening of free agency, the Ottawa Senators are expected to be a busy organization. Currently, the team has four RFA players that need to be qualified in Erik Karlsson, Nick Foligno, Kaspars Daugavins, and Jim O'Brien, and a number of other players -- most notably including Jesse Winchester, Zenon...
from Allen Panzeri of Sens Extra, Erik Karlsson doesn’t see himself having to hold out to get the contract he wants from the Ottawa Senators.
The 22-year-old defenceman said that preliminary talks have gone well and there are no apparent issues that would prevent the completion of a deal well before the start of the season.
He said his preference would be to sign a long-term...
In an excellent post that outlined his concerns with the Senators showing interest in bringing back Filip Kuba, Scott also included a brief blurb that commented on Malcolm Subban’s tweet indicating that he had worked out privately for the Ottawa Senators yesterday.
Great time in Ottawa. Good ice sesh and lunch with the staff. Also great to see @mpuempel putting work in...
As something that probably isn't even deserving of its own post, the Ottawa Senators will not be bringing back impending UFA defenceman Matt Gilroy next season. According to Bruce Garrioch, sources say the Senators have already informed defenceman Matt Gilroy he won’t be back. Dealt here at the deadline from Tampa, it didn’t work out for either side and he will move on...