Ottawa Senators

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

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.”

Sens’ GM Bryan Murray will make a decision on his future after this season


Bryan Murray plans to make a decision on his future in the business following this season.

The Senators general manager is battling Stage 4 colon cancer and going for regular chemotherapy treatments while maintaining his position in Ottawa’s front office.

“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray told the Ottawa Citizen. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.’

“I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up.”

Murray took over as Senators head coach in 2004 leading the club to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2007.

“What am I going to do?” Murray said. “Play through the year. Wait and see. I have to have a talk with Eugene. He has something to say here, too.

“Maybe it’s time to move on. That’s OK, too.”

When the 72-year-old does step aside, he’ll appoint a successor.

“All Eugene (Melnyk) said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over’,” said Murray.

Once he hands over his GM duties, Murray would like to remain a part of the organization in an advisor role.

“I’m very interested in what happens here, I’m real proud of this group and the people we have,” Murray said. “I wish we were higher up (in the standings) but I see a young team that’s going to be pretty good. So I have real interest in doing the right thing for them.”

Legwand, Hatcher reach agreement to buy OHL Sarnia Sting


Ottawa Senators forward David Legwand has teamed up with retired NHL defenseman Derian Hatcher to buy the OHL Sarnia Sting from current owner Larry Ciccarelli, per the league’s website.

“This is an exciting day for both David and myself,” Hatcher said. “We know this area extremely well and look forward to building something special in Sarnia. We are committed to this community and are excited to get started once we have approval from the OHL and its Board of Governors.”

Hatcher and Legwand are both products of the Ontario Hockey League, so their decision to buy the Sting hits close to home.

Sarnia, which at one time employed Steven Stamkos, produced two first-round draft picks in 2014 in Anthony DeAngelo (19th, Tampa Bay) and Nikolay Goldobin (27th, San Jose). The 2014-15 squad features forward Pavel Zacha, who might be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft. Nikita Korostelev isn’t as highly regarded as Zacha, but he might also end up going high in the 2015 draft.

The Sting have a 22-16-3-2 record this season.

Leafs’ Horachek: ‘I scratch my head when I talk about that first period’


Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad scored first period goals for Ottawa, who out-shot the Toronto Maple Leafs 12-9 in the opening frame

Karlsson added his second of the night in the third period, the eventual game-winner, as the Senators handed the Leafs their sixth straight regulation loss.

The Leafs have scored just five goals in the six games.

“I scratch my head when I talk about that first period. That was totally done by ourselves, to ourselves, to a team that played last night,” said Leafs interim head coach, Peter Horachek. “It’s a strange situation. We’ve got to correct that for sure.”

Craig Anderson made 37 saves improving to 13-11-7 on the season.

David Clarkson snapped a 14-game drought scoring his first goal since Dec. 20 in the loss.

Nazem Kadri, who has reportedly begun contract talks with the Leafs, netted his 13th of the season while James van Riemsdyk had the other goal for Toronto.

James Reimer saw his record drop to 6-9-0 with a 22 save performance.

“We didn’t have a good start,” said Reimer. “Obviously you can’t get down 3-0 and expect to win in this league.”

There’s interest in Chris Neil, says Sens GM


Could veteran forward Chris Neil be on his way out of Ottawa? According to Senators GM Bryan Murray, there’s interest out there in acquiring the 35-year-old.

At the same time, Murray isn’t sure that trading Neil is something he wants to do, even though the Sens are unlikely to make the playoffs.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Murray has received an inquiry about Neil, the tough guy winger. Before he would move Neil, Murray says he has to be sure there is enough toughness in the organization, as his AHL Binghamton club is not particularly rugged, either.

“We don’t have a lot of grit, of that caliber, in our organization,” Murray says. “And no matter what you say, you need it.”

Neil has just four goals and three assists in 29 games this season, and he’s only averaging 10:12 of ice time. But for a playoff team in search of a gritty fourth-liner with postseason experience, he could be an option.

Neil is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.9 million.

According to the Citizen, the Sens may also explore trading d-men Chris Phillips and Marc Methot, veteran forward David Legwand, and/or “one or two others” prior to the March 2 deadline.

Related: Welcome Craig Anderson to the trade rumor mill