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Bruce Garrioch is an award-winning journalist and a must-read in the hockey community. A Day-Oner at the Ottawa Sun, Garrioch is one of the top sports journalists in the country, covering the Senators since their return to the NHL in 1992-93. A 2009 winner of an Ontario Newspaper Award for his coverage of the Dany Heatley saga, Garrioch has a strong ability to break news and brings inside information with his Sunday NHL column, one of the most popular in the country. It is read by GMs, players and coaches who want the inside scoop. Garrioch has covered the 2008 Stanley Cup final for Sun Media, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and 2006 Games in Turin, Italy. Mainly, Garrioch has the pulse of the Ottawa Senators. If people want to know what's happening they turn to him to get the info on contracts, negotiations, signings, trades and, of course, games.

Lehner gets his deal

- July 31st, 2014

Robin Lehner has signed on the dotted line.
The Senators kept their last remaining restricted free agent in the fold by agreeing to terms on a three-year, $6.675 million deal Thursday morning.
The 23-year Lehner will make an average of $2.225 million over the course of the agreement. He will pull down $1.5 million next season, $2.025 million in 2015-16 and $3.15 million in 2016-17.
Lehner, who has been the club’s backup to Craig Anderson the last two seasons, finished with a 12-15-6 record in 36 appearances last season. He had a .913 save-percentage and a 3.06 GAA.
This deal sets up the Senators to make the Lehner the start down the road and also gives the club the flexibility to decide what they want to do with Anderson before the end of the season.
Anderson, who has been the club’s clear-cut No. 1, is heading into the final year of his contract. The Senators haven’t had any discussions on an extension.
Lehner is the last remaining restricted free agent the club has to sign. Senators GM Bryan Murray has intensified discussions with Newport Sports for wingers Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.
It’s believed at the same time the club agreed to terms with Lehner the Senators also held discussions on Ryan and MacArthur. All three are represented by Don Meehan, Mark Guy and Craig Oster, who are partners at Newport.

All eyes on P.K. with clock ticking

- July 30th, 2014

The arbitration hearing for P.K. Subban is set for Friday.
It won’t get there. It can’t get there. The guy has too much talent, he has too much heart and he has no shortage of desire. Subban is one of the guys the Habs should build their team around.
I think he’s a tremendous talent and a excellent player.
I don’t honestly believe the Montreal Canadiens want to go into an arbitration hearing with Subban they know they are going to lose.
The last guy to get awarded $7.5 million was Shea Weber.
Subban is going to get more. He will easily get $8 million and is seeking $8.5 million. On the open market, he’d be a $10 million player.
The Habs don’t need this battle. Their fanbase doesn’t want it.
My guess is he settles for an eight year deal worth $64 million.
I told Doug Hempstead if Subban doesn’t get that contract then I owe him a coffee. I just don’t see the Habs want to make this battle personal.
Get it done and get it done quickly. I really believe Habs’ GM Marc Bergevin will. That makes the most sense. Subban’s agent Don Meehan is a dealmaker.

Bryan battling cancer

- July 7th, 2014

The Senators confirmed the sad news today about GM Bryan Murray.
The diagnosis came recently of cancer. He informed the scouting staff after the draft. He had more more meetings in the last week to outline what route would be taken.
Murray elected to work through the draft and free agency with all this going on. Keep Bryan Murray in your thoughts. He is a good man who has spent his lifetime in hockey.
Here is a copy of the news release:

The Ottawa Senators announced today that General Manager and President of Hockey Operations Bryan Murray has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The Senators organization issued the following statement:
“Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team’s doctors in collaboration with specialists.

Mr. Murray’s treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators office periodically. During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department.

On behalf of the entire Senators family, the team is asking that the thoughts, prayers and support of the entire hockey community are with Bryan and his family.

The Senators and Mr. Murray ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this time.

There will be no further comment from the Senators organization.”

Spezza gone to Dallas

- July 1st, 2014

BRUCE GARRIOCH
Ottawa Sun

Jason Spezza will be reach for the Stars.
As the Ottawa Sun reported first, the Senators kicked off the fireworks on July 1 by dealing their disgruntled captain to Dallas for winger Alex Chiasson along with prospects Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul of North Bay and a second-rounder next year.
Spezza asked for a deal in April and finally got his wish after a trade fell through on the weekend. Chiasson is the centrepiece of the deal for the Senators. He had 13 goals and 35 assists last season with the Stars.
The Stars and Blues were the last two teams left in the hunt for Spezza. The club has a $7 million cap hit and will make $4 million in real salary. The Senators aren’t done, they will make more deals today.
GM Bryan Murray said on the weekend he would continue to try to get a deal done.
“We’ll continue to talk and over the course of time I’m sure the people that miss out on July 1 will come knocking but we’ll have to wait and see,” said Murray as the draft wrapped up.
“He’s got a year left on a contract. If we can find a good package _ something that is somewhat comparable _ and I’ve said all along we won’t get full value. Jason’s an 80-to-90 point guy and you don’t get that kind of return in any kind of trade in this league today.
“I’m hoping that we get something fair in return for the player.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca
Twitter: @sungarrioch

Uh-oh

- June 29th, 2014

PHILADELPHIA _ Well, that didn’t go quite as planned.
For two months the Senators were hoping to trade captain Jason Spezza at the NHL entry draft.
Nothing happened.
Not quite the case.
Spezza rejected a deal to go the Predators. Not quite in the same fashion that Dany Heatley wouldn’t go to Edmonton but there are some similarities. Spezza would not take Nashville off his list.
That strikes me as odd. You would think Mike Fisher would maybe pick up the phone and try to sell Spezza on the city. You can’t make a guy do what he doesn’t want to do.
Part of the problem with the Predators is their image. For some reason people don’t consider them a serious contender. Not true. They’ve got some good talent but definitely need more scoring. David Poile is one of the more aggressive GM’s in the league. He has conviction.
Spezza musn’t think he can win there. That can be the only explanation.
You get the sense this whole Spezza trade scenario is about to turn ugly, very ugly. He hasn’t said a word. Won’t answer calls. Those close to him say he’s pretty much gone underground.
His agent Rick Curran told me the other day he and his camp will be happy to speak when Spezza is dealt. My thinking is they break the silence at some point here. We all know Spezza can’t come to camp. A deal will get done before September. The draft was a good pressure point.
Heading home. Take care.