Dreger Speaks: Updates Spezza’s Trade Market

Darren Dreger was featured in another ‘Insider’ television segment on TSN in which he primarily focused on ways in which the Senators are creatively trying to improve Jason Spezza’s value on the market. Per Dreger: “Well some believe that the Ottawa Senators are willing to allow the interested teams the opportunity – presuming that the […]

NHL Insiders Discuss Senators Rumours on the Radio

There were lots of interesting bits of information relayed over the airwaves by prominent NHL insiders in the past two days. Darren Dreger appeared on “The Nielson & Fraser Show” on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 this morning and Elliotte Friedman was interviewed on Calgary’s Fan 960. I’ve transcribed the important parts of the interviews that pertain […]

Ottawa’s Offer to Hemsky Revealed

It was reported almost two weeks ago that contract extension talks between the Ottawa Senators and Ales Hemsky had broken off and thanks to TSN‘s Bob McKenzie, we now know why. Looks like Ales Hemsky going to UFA. OTT offered 3 yrs for about $10M. Rejected. Sens prepared to trade his UFA rights for pick.

Sunday Spezza: Flames Make Offer & Brad May Comments on Why Spez Wants Out

When it comes to the Calgary Flames and Jason Spezza, it always felt safer to add the Flames to the list of ten teams that Spezza would refuse to waive his no-trade clause for, instead of the list of suitors who would be interested in trading for him. Whatever my feelings, that hasn’t stopped Flames […]

Thursday News and Notes: Melnyk Sells Horses, Dreger Comments on Spezza Situation, Mendes Kills It

Lost in all of yesterday’s news that concerned general manager Bryan Murray publicly revealing Jason Spezza’s request for a trade was that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk released a statement indicating that he was retiring from the horse racing industry. From the press release: Eugene Melnyk, one of North America’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners, today officially […]

Send a Star to the Stars: Dallas Looking For a Second Line Center

Over the past few weeks and months, the same handful of teams have been mentioned as favourable landing spots for Jason Spezza. Anaheim and St. Louis in particular have been linked to the Senators dating back to this season’s NHL trade deadline when Spezza’s name first started surfacing in the rumour mills. More recently, teams […]

Dreger Speaks on TSN 1200, Quells Fear About Spezza’s Trade Value

The conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final (or Finals for the hockey hipsters out there), the attention on the NHL’s rumours and scuttlebutt is only going to get stronger and become more magnified. Here in Ottawa, the initial reactions to learning that the Senators were exploring the market for their playmaking center varied.  Some praised […]

Hemsky Was Purely a Rental?

In a decision that contrasts his decision making on the ice, Ales Hemsky is not going to pass up a shot… at unrestricted free agency. One day after Bruce Garrioch’s report indicated the Senators and Hemsky have broken off talks, ol’ Boo Boo did his best to quell the fan base’s angst that Hemsky will […]

Report: Senators Break Off Talks with Ales Hemsky

So long Ales Hemsky, we’ll always have those 20 games in an Ottawa Senators jersey to fondly look back on. A report last night by the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch suggests that the Senators have broken off talks with Hemsky because the right winger is “believed to be looking for a deal in excess of […]

Dreger Speaks: Ottawa’s Desired Return For Spezza

With everyone either awaiting the start of the Stanley Cup Final or its conclusion so that the Senators can move on with their offseason game plan, it’s the dog days of summer for hockey news. Fortunately, TSN’s Darren Dreger made an appearance on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto this afternoon and brought up Jason Spezza’s […]

Monday Thoughts and News: Melnyk, Brassard and Maidens, Sens Summer Fan Fest

Much like his Ottawa Senators, Eugene Melnyk just can’t win these days. After denouncing Russia and telling FIFA to get the World Cup out of Russia, Senators fans simply want their favorite team’s owner to get out of the news. Since saving the Senators from bankruptcy in 2003, Melnyk has never been shy about stepping […]