Senators News: May 3rd

Bruce Garrioch lists his top-five priorities for the Sens:
1. Bring back Daniel Alfredsson
Given that this isn’t the club’s decision and there’s nothing more they can do to tell him how much they want him to say, so there’s no effort left to give–he will or he won’t return of his own volition
2. Sign Erik Karlsson
This is the team’s #1 priority and I have no doubt that it will happen
3. Re-sign Chris Kelly
Garrioch believes the Sens haven’t filled the void left when Kelly was dealt and I can’t disagree more–the organisation is full of checkers (Zack Smith, Erik Condra, Jim O’Brien, etc) and has an over abundance of forwards in general (Lyle Richardson aslo points out that Kelly wants to stay a Bruin and that his salary demands are unlikely to fit into the Sens salary structure)
4. Trade Sergei Gonchar
Garrioch thinks he should have produced more points (he was the 23rd highest scorer among blueliners) for the money he makes; given the lack of depth on the blueline this makes less sense than Garrioch’s desire to trade Filip Kuba last year
5. Buy out Bobby Butler
With Eugene Melnyk counting his pennies a trade would be more likely; I can see Butler being moved, although it may be a training camp decision rather than something this summer

-Bryan Murray talked about Jakob Silfverberg saying, “He’s a very good player. I think he’s a very talented player. There were several shifts in a tight series (against the Rangers) wher he showed that he’s going to be a good hockey player in this league. He’s going to be a point getter. My expectation is that he’ll be exactly that. He’ll probably come to camp and force me to talk to Paul once in awhile and suggest that maybe he play in a top-six position at times. He’s that kind of player.”  There’s no reason to doubt that Silfverberg will be on the NHL roster next season.

-Here’s my profile of Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

-Sens prospect Marcus Sorensen signed a one-year contract with Djurgarden.

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