With the 2009 trade deadline literally hours away Bryan Murray has already been busy getting ready for the re-tooling of his team. Martin Gerber was once again placed on waivers and joining him on the wire is defenseman Brendan Bell.
The Ottawa camp has been trying its best to also get pending free agents, Chris Neil and Filip Kuba signed.. The two veterans must be either dealt or signed before Mr. Murray runs the risk of letting two potentially market friendly players walk for nothing come July.
In my opinion I don’t really see either of these guys resigning unless they can agree to what they are actually worth. I can’t understand why Chris Neil believes he can nearly double his salary after having the crummiest of seasons, including an injury that has seen him miss some critical match ups of late.
As for Filip Kuba the team would be better off with him than without him granted he too can agree to terms that are not going to push Ottawa over the cap edge.
Regardless by this time tomorrow the Senators will have had their first taste of being sellers in over 11 years. Will it be a fast turn around next year that will see Ottawa back in the play off race or will it take some time to get back on track?
According to one of my sources in Ottawa, Bryan Murray may be working on a deal right now that would find Martin Gerber a new home within the next few days. The Calgary Flames have allegedly expressed interest in the Senators outcast as a backup to superstar Miikka Kiprusof. GM Darryl Sutter would pay half of the remaining salary Gerber collects this year leaving Ottawa on the hook for a reasonable $750,000. Gerber was sent down to Binghamton for a two week conditioning stint but was apparently told by Murray if he had an outstanding game before the end of it Murray would work hard and have a better shot at finding a Pro home for Darth.