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Colin Greening

Report: Sens unlikely to buy out Greening, could be included in goalie trade


The Ottawa Senators know they need to move Colin Greening — they just aren’t sure how to do it.

Greening, who fell out of the team’s plans shortly after signing a three-year, $7.95 million extension in 2013, is unlikely to be bought out of his remaining two years and $5.95M, according to Ottawa Sun sources.

Which means a trade could be the club’s lone way out.

In that light, the Sun also reports that GM Bryan Murray has received “mild interest” from a couple of teams about Greening, a big-bodied winger that was a nice producer for Ottawa during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, scoring 19 points in 47 games during the regular season, then three goals and four points in 10 playoff games.

Since that run, though, Greening has been an afterthought in the Canadian capital. He made just 26 appearances last year and spent time with AHL Binghamton.

Per the Sun, the former Cornell standout could end up being packaged when Murray trades either Robin Lehner or Craig Anderson. The Sens have reportedly fielded calls from five or six teams already on their goalies, but it’s possible the club will have to retain some of Greening’s salary in order to work him into a deal.

Sens waive Greening

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The Ottawa Senators placed forward Colin Greening on waivers Tuesday.

The move comes shortly after Sens GM Bryan Murray admitted he’d worked to find a potential trade partner for Greening but, having failed to find one, would likely end up waiving the 28-year-old. Greening has been in and out of the Ottawa lineup this season, scoring just one goal with a minus-3 rating in 20 games.

He’s been a healthy scratch since Jan. 8.

Greening’s in the last of a three-year, $7.95 million contract with a $2.65M cap hit. That’s a fairly hefty price tag for someone that can’t get a game in Ottawa, but Greening has shown flashes in the past; he had 17 goals in 82 games during the 2011-12 campaign, and three goals and four points during 10 games in the ’13 postseason, while averaging nearly 16 minutes per night.

If Greening doesn’t get picked up, though, things could get interesting upon his return to the Sens organization based on what agent Alain Roy told PHT last week.

“I don’t expect him to be in the American Hockey League,” Roy said. “At this point it’s not something we’re really talking about.

“I think he’s an NHL player and within the time frame Bryan wants, he’ll find a home in the NHL.”

Agent on Sens’ Greening: ‘I think he’s an NHL player’

Colin Greening

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray hasn’t been able to find a trade partner for Colin Greening and hinted a stint in the American Hockey League could be next for the forward.

“I tried to encourage them (other GMs) to give him an opportunity through a trade or whatever vehicle it may be. At this point, there’s nothing for him,” Murray told TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa on Monday. “I just told him eventually here, if we don’t get something done, he’s got to play hockey. You can’t play hockey as the 23rd, 24th guy on the roster here so I may have to put him on waivers here at some point in time.”

Greening has one goal and minus-3 rating to go along with 27 penalty minutes in 20 games this season. The 28-year-old hasn’t played since Jan. 8 and has been a healthy scratch in five straight games.

Murray told TSN Radio that he’s considering placing Greening on waivers following the All-Star break. If Greening clears, he could be headed for a stint with the Binghamton Senators. He hasn’t played in the AHL since playing 59 games with the Senators’ affiliate during the 2010-11 season.

“I don’t expect him to be in the American Hockey League,” Greening’s agent, Allain Roy, told PHT this week. “At this point it’s not something we’re really talking about. I think he’s an NHL player and within the time frame Bryan wants, he’ll find a home in the NHL.”

Roy, understandably, believes there is a suitor in the NHL for his client’s services, but with another year remaining on his three-year, $7.95 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $2.65 million, it might be a tough sell for a player, who has scored 10 or more goals once in his career.

“He’s a big winger that can skate and play physical. I would think that maybe some teams out there that need that and with this being the all star break, there’s going to be some teams looking to make a run in the second half,” said Roy. “We’ll wait and see what’s going to happen.”

As a result of the play of Jean-Gabriel Pageau and the emergence of rookie Curtis Lazar, Greening has been a healthy scratch in 22 of Ottawa’s 46 games this season.

“He’s a young guy, he’s got a lot of years left,” Roy said. “He’s an NHL player, he just needs to find another NHL home, if it’s not Ottawa.”