Senators News: May 9th

-I’m beginning to wonder if Don Brennan gets a bonus for coming up with dumb ideas.  His latest pitch is for perennial disappointment Dustin Penner on the logic that Bryan Murray signed him out of college.  It’s an idle rumour and pure nonsense (Nicholls puts far too much effort into taking the idea seriously), but I do get a masochistic enjoyment out of Brennan.

Kurt Kleinendorst has decided to move on from the Ottawa organisation.  Kleinendorst clearly wants to be an NHL head coach and that isn’t a possibility with the Senators.  Speculation has assistant coach Steve Stirling taking over in Binghamton.  The always classy Kleinendorst had nothing but good things to say about the organisation, “It’s just a personal decision on my part. It’s one I’ve thought long and hard about. Decisions like this don’t come easy. I have nothing but good things to say about Bryan Murray and the organization, and the same is true for Binghamton. It’s been one of my nicer stops along the way. The people here are wonderful. The players that I’ve experienced for two years here have been wonderful. I get a lot of satisfaction out of my job. That’s why I do what I do, and that’s what makes it such a difficult decision. But having said that, I’ve always been one to follow my heart and my gut. This isn’t just something that I whipped up over the weekend. It’s something that I put a lot of thought into and came to this decision. The last thing I want is for anyone to feel is that it’s a Binghamton thing. I’ve told Bryan that as a young hockey player, and as a coach, this is a great place to be. The fans are passionate, and they’re educated. To get through a year like this and not have the fans come down on me, that really stood out.”

Sylvain St-Laurent speculates Andre Benoit will be signed by the Sens after spending a year in the KHL.  While Benoit confirmed he won’t return to Russia, he didn’t indicate a preference for where he would sign.

-Here’s my profile of Sens prospect Ryan Dzingel, which wraps up my prospect profiles.  Links to all of them are below.

Steve Lloyd confirms the Sens won’t sign prospect Marcus Sorensen (2010), which will make him a free agent.  He’s only the third Murray draft pick whose rights have been released (Emil Sandin (2008) and Ruslan Bashkirov (2007) are the others).

-The second round of the playoffs are nearly over and have completely lacked drama.  I’m now fully on board for a Phoenix Cup win just to see Gary Bettman hand the trophy to himself in June.  While the NHL may be pleased if the Rangers join LA in moving on to the Conference Finals, I don’t think the third round is going to make anyone outside the city’s in question tune in.

-Complete prospect profiles (Dzingel is above):
2007
Ben Blood (signed)
2009
Jakob Silfverberg (signed)
Chris Wideman (signed)
Jeff Costello
Brad Peltz
Michael Sdao
2010
Jakub Culek (must be signed or becomes a free agent)
Marcus Sorensen (rights to be released)
Mark Stone (signed)
Bryce Aneloski
2011
Mika Zibanejad (signed)
Stefan Noesen (signed)
Matt Puempel (signed)
Shane Prince
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Fredrik Claesson
Darren Kramer
Max McCormick
Jordan Fransoo

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