Senators News: July 4th

-One by one players rumoured to be going to the Sens are being signed elsewhere (Daniel Briere to Montreal, Patrik Elias with New Jersey, etc), but other rumours continue, as David Clarkson spent a day in Ottawa and Bruce Garrioch is floating Pierre-Marc Bouchard as a possibility (it makes no sense to me).  I don’t see Clarkson coming here, as I think his visit is about drumming up his value (a view Nichols shares).

-I still have no doubts whatsoever that Daniel Alfredsson will re-sign here.

-Three of the Sens draft picks this year are getting invited to the WJC camps: Curtis Lazar (Cdn), Marcus Hogberg (Swe), and Quentin Shore (USA).

Paul MacLean (on the heels of the three-year extension he signed this morning) named Shane Prince, Matt Puempel, Michael Sdao, Curtis Lazar, and Cole Schneider as the players who have impressed so far at the development camp.

Tobias Lindberg talked about his surprise in being drafted:

I didn’t expect to be drafted this high, or at all, because I hadn’t heard so much from different teams. You meet people here who spoke to 20 teams. I had only spoke to two, so I was pretty insecure but when they picked me I was so happy.

Ottawa was not one of those two teams who spoke to him.  The Sens have made surprise picks out of Sweden before, although the most recent examples (Marcus Sorensen and Emil Sandin) have not turned out well.

Scott tries to figure out why Ottawa’s budget is as tight as it is and I agree with his supposition that it’s non-team related expenses that are the problem.  The positive side of the team numbers (as best as Scott can figure) is that it shouldn’t be a problem for Melnyk to get a partner or sell the team–the thing is, assuming everything that’s being said is true, Eugene needs the hockey team to prop up his other businesses, so I imagine his only course of action right now is finding a partner.

-I’ve begun updating my prospect profiles, thus far doing Jeff Costello and Michael Sdao.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)