Thursday Afternoon Linkage

– In an interview with Team 1200’s Sports Call program, Assistant General Manager Tim Murray said, “For three weeks we’ve been trying to make a trade. Small trade. Big trade. Major trade. It’s just unrealistic right now.” He also spent the majority of the program referring to Bobby Butler as “not the answer”. I hope that nickname sticks. To listen to the whole interview that lasts approximately 14 minutes, click here.

– After today’s morning skate, Cory Clouston had this to say about Alexei Kovalev, “When he plays, he’s very dominant. Other nights, he’s not. We need more consistency, not only from him but from the rest of the team … I’m more concerned with the teammates. They’re the ones working with him and playing with him and sometimes they don’t know which guy is going to show up.”

In an article for The Globe and Mail, Chris Johnston takes a look at the NHL teams that have spent the most of their cap space. New Jersey, Calgary, Ottawa, San Jose, Minnesota and Toronto are all in the top half of the league in spending, according to, and are among those currently chasing a playoff spot. It reaffirms what we already know; no one on the Senators is outproducing their contract value.

– According to the Star Ledger, Marty Brodeur will make his highly anticipated return to the crease for Friday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Tits!

– Moronic Hfboards post of the day from user StayThirstyMyFriend:

Assuming the team is still struggling by the deadline, UFAs other teams may (or may not) want:

Kovalev to Montreal for Lars Eller – could re-ignite Kovalev and the habs seem to know how to use him – unlike Clouston. Can’t see anyone else wanting him.

Leclaire+2nd to Tampa for Brett Connolly – Tampa is on a roll and could do damage in the playoffs with a decent goalie . We’re getting a good glimpse of how good Leclaire can be despite the team’s bad defense.c

– In an article for The Globe and Mail that examines Ottawa’s current scoring woes, Roy MacGregor reminisces about how the Senators almost brought Mike Bossy in as a goal scoring consultant during the formative years of the franchise. Ultimately he didn’t get the job because management felt that Sly Turgeon didn’t need the help. 

– In his TGOR Nation blog, the Team 1200‘s Steve Warne discusses the steps necessary to right the Ottawa ship. Of note, Step 3:  Take an early shot at clearing cap space. I would quietly float Jason Spezza’s name out there. Apparently creating space by letting Chris Phillips/Milan Michalek/Filip Kuba/Jarkko Ruutu/Mike Fisher/Pascal Leclaire/or anyone else who’s wearing the jersey right now didn’t come before step 3.