Monday Afternoon Linkage:

It’s a lazy Monday and there’s been a dearth of Ottawa Senators information available right now. So pardon me as I go Michal Barinka on you and mail this one in and please strap on your seatbelts as I’m going to take you on a wild ride through the Interweb to see what other people are writing about the NHL and your Ottawa Senators.

Wings have Sixth Sense” ~ Bruce Garrioch, The Ottawa Sun

That’s cute.

Havlat, coming off a standout season while making $6 million (all terms US), would be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. His No. 1 choice is to stay with the ‘Hawks, but will test the market if he can’t get an 8-10-year deal.

While health has been an issue for Havlat, he didn’t sustain any injuries this past season while recording 29 goals and 48 assists in 81 games.

Several other teams could make a pitch for Havlat.

The Senators might consider bringing back the rejuventated winger, but would have to move salary (such as those of C Chris Kelly, D Jason Smith and others) while Minnesota, Vancouver and Edmonton would also show interest. ~ Bruce Garrioch, The Ottawa Sun

A valiant effort for attempting to create Senators news when there simply isn’t any. Bruce should have placed the word CONSIDER in caps to tip off some naive readers that the team simply can’t afford to make big splurges this summer.

According to hboards.com and Sens Chirp are reporting that the Senators might sign AHL-veteran, Mike Brodeur, to solidify their goaltending situation in Binghamton.

Having played last season with Florida’s AHL affiliate, signing with the Senators might not be a bad career decision for Brodeur. Instead of being buried behind Vokoun, Anderson and Markstrom on the Florida depth chart, he can sign with Ottawa and hope that Brian Elliott signs a one-way contract with the Senators. If Elliott signs this deal, an Alex Auld trade becomes a necessity since Bryan Murray isn’t going to keep the three goalies around. At that point, the only thing keeping Brodeur out of the NHL next year would be an injury to Pascal Leclaire. Quick everyone, knock on wood!

With the NHL Entry Draft quickly approaching, Allen Panzeri from the Ottawa Citizen has done some extensive research to identify some of the biggest draft busts of all time. With obvious names like Alexandre Daigle and Pat Falloon coming to mind, I was a little apprehensive to click on Panzeri’s link when I saw that Brian Lee’s photo was associated with the article. Here’s what Panzeri had to say:

2005, Ottawa
When the selection order was picked for this lockout-ending draft — also known as the Sidney Crosby Draft — the Senators got lucky when they were handed the No. 9 pick.

Whether they made anything of it when they selected defenceman Brian Lee continues to be debated. It doesn’t help Lee’s cause that the Senators passed on Anze Kopitar, who was taken 11th by the Los Angeles Kings, and defenceman Marc Staal, who was taken 12th by the New York Rangers.

The Senators also passed on one of Lee’s University of North Dakota teammates, T.J. Oshie, who was selected 24th by the Blues and had 14 goals and 25 assists in 57 games in his first NHL season.

There’s a rich vein of second guessing to be mined here.

Okay. So we all know the Senators blew a freebie when they had one of the top teams in the League and were awarded with the 9th overall pick in the Draft following the lockout. Ignoring the fact that a number of other teams also had Kopitar sliding on their draft boards, it’s unfortunate that the Senators didn’t grab a player with a higher ceiling who could have helped the team earlier. Had the Senators drafted Kopitar, it would have afforded the team the opportunity to parlay either Spezza or Fisher into assets without really losing anything. That being said, I still feel like it’s still a bit premature to shit on Lee since he’s still young and could still develop into a nice player. Is he a top 10 talent from his draft class? Maybe not. But he is a Muckler draft pick so maybe we should just be thankful that he’s still playing with the organization. Seriously though, the way some are carrying on about Brian Lee, you’d think his stock was deteriorating quicker than Julie Robenhymer’s appearance. (Just go to the Hockeybuzz main page to figure out what I’m talking about.)

According to Hockeybuzz, Ray Emery to Philadelphia is close to being finalized. It’s a rumored 1-year, $1.5M deal as per The Hockey News. So Emery to Philadelphia? It makes sense and I should have clued in earlier. I mean, at first I thought John Paddock was hitting the bottle when he recently went out of his way to say that Emery wasn’t the only problem that he encountered here. Now I’m thinking that he’s saying that because he’s a Philadelphia Flyers employee who sounds like he’s been hitting the bottle. Awesome.

Speaking of THN, Lyle Richardson has reiterated that Bryan Murray has no intention of trading Spezza.

Yawn…

Rob Brodie from the official Ottawa Senators website has penned an intriguing article on Jim O’Brien. It’s definitely worth a read and there’s also this hidden nugget of information concerning Patrick Wiercioch.

Wiercioch is among 41 skaters invited to Team Canada’s summer development camp for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The camp will be held Aug. 5-10 in Saskatoon, Sask., one of two host sites for the tournament (along with Regina), and is the first step in selecting the team that will aim for a record sixth straight WJC gold later on this year.

While it’s a bit premature to pat Bryan Murray on the back for his first two selections in last year’s draft — since neither Wiercioch or Karlsson have played in the NHL yet — management has to be pleased with the recognition and progress that both prospects have made since being selected. As fans, we’re all rooting for Wiercioch to succeed. If only to take the sting out of John Muckler’s horrendous Martin Havlat trade.

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