No arbitration for Doggy

- July 23rd, 2012

Kaspars Daugavins won’t have to go Kangaroo Court.
He was scheduled to have an arbitration meeting tomorrow.
He avoided it by signing a one-year, $635,000 deal.
There is no question the Senators are going to have a crowd up front in training camp. I may be wrong but I think there are 13 forwards on one-way contracts.
The Senators made a deal with Daugavins because it was that or walk away after the arbitration award. That would have been difficult.
They would have had to pull off all kinds of technicalities to make sure they didn’t bring him back. The Senators would have had to offer Daugavins $1.7 million up to 48 hours before his hearing. If they did, the arbitrator would have awarded Daugavins that amount. Then, the Senators would have had the right to walk away.
He would have gotten more than $600,000 in arbitration. If it all sounds complicated, it is.
Bottom lineL Daugavins is here for now.
After training camp, we’ll see.
Somebody is going to have to go.
Not all these guys can stay.
I’m back for a week before taking another week off. I’ll try to keep this updated.

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11 comments

  1. Daugavins is another marginal player who is ‘filler’ only. His 5g and 6a, although much better than the highly touted Daisey the Air Rifle contributes very little. Moreover his 12 minutes in penalites reveals his passive, soft and non-threatening game. He should be in the press box for most of the time. The other signing, Obrien, is much of the same. His 3 goals is only one less than Daisey’s best year (Daisey made a few million with the Ottawa Senators and his siging and resigning with the organization rivals Stonehenge as one of the greatest mysteries). Obrien had all of 4 minutes in penalties and and is a softie. Condra is another. Best case scenario, they are 4th liners but compared to Philly, Boston and many others 4th lines in the NHL, this group are an terrible. The team lost Foligno’s 124 minutes, Carkner’s 33 in 29 (pro-rated would be around 90) and Konopka’s 193. By resigning Obrien and Daugavins and acquiring Methot and Lundin, this team will be pussy catsnot. Like Mcauly Caulkin, Smith and Neil are Home Alone.

    Enjoy your time off mon ami and lose as many clips as you like in pursuit of mastery over the great game of golf.

  2. Mike8888 says:

    I like the kid but he’s just a marginal NHLer. The Sen’s should have just let him walk. I don’t think they have room for him.

  3. ChokerHater says:

    If he would have received 1.7 mil why didn’t he wait, or was he afraid that no one would pick him up if the Sens walked away, $635,000 is about as low as it goes for NHL contracts, so he took the smallest amount instead of a chance, doesn’t say much for his confidence. I think marginal at best is a good call.

  4. OD99 says:

    At this stage there will certainly have to be some waiver movement or some trades…I guess Murray could get some late round picks for some of these guys or perhaps some more D prospects.

    I didn’t think they would be keeping Daug so colour me surprised.

    At least there will be some excitement as training camp looms because the team just can’t keep all these guys can they? Maybe none of the youngsters makes the team (except for Silvferberg) so Stone and Zbad will be down in Bingo – that would be just fine.

  5. Absolutely Dave; personally, I think they all should go to Bingo (Stone, Zibby, Sly, Noesen or is it Peumpal?). Only if they really shine (with no qualifiers like: for a rookie he looked good). It will be interesting to see how they do especially Sly.

    Dave, just like Daisey should get on his hands and knees every morning and thank God for Brian Murray, so should The Dog. $630k is chump change in the NHL but big bugs in the real world where we live. He simply is not worthy. Although, he did tie Butler got Butlered who is being paid 1.2 this year and next! I strongly suspect the Murray’s cannot find a taker for him and will end up buying him out like many others in their tenure here! Has Daisey the Air Rifle been picked up by any other team? If not…why not? He was celebrated by the media here in Ottawa since the big spash announcing his arrival…full page pics and all! He was going to be the star right winger on the line with Spezza. He played while players like Smith (who scored 24 goals as a 20 year old rookie in Bingo) and Regin sat!

    Regin, if he can stay healthy, will be a welcome addition to the line-up.

    It is interesting how quickly the Murrays can change their dispositon on a player. Now Daugavin and Obrien are expendable on the big club and in all probability will be on the Bingo roster. The same applied to Da Costa. We will soon see about Wiercoch, Gryba and Borowiechi. With Lundin having spent 47 games in the manures last year don’t be surpirsed if he too plays on the American League team this year.

    I will be following Brandon Dubinsky with interest this year. I have always liked the way the kid played the game. He has scored 14, 20 and 24 goals (and over 40 points) as a center on a Yosemite Sam coached team. I suspect he will be much better away from the coach he disliked!

  6. Mike8888 says:

    Columbus was robbed on the Nash trade. Howson should have just kept Nash until a decent offer was made and or Nash expanded his list of teams he would go to.

    Bobby,
    We know your opinion. (Bryan and Tim Murray are bad, always have been and always will be)

  7. ChokerHater says:

    Geez Mike, we agree on both things, The Murray’s are bad and Columbus did get robbed, I’m surprised the GM there keeps his job, although maybe he’s a puppet, not sure about the ownership there

  8. Mike8888 says:

    I reiterated Bobby’s opinion. I never said I agreed with it.

  9. If I am so wrong Mikey, tell me, where will the Sens be at the end of this year? The team made the post season last year but lets be honest, the team got outstanding goaltending and snuck in only to be bounced in the first round which many predicted. If that is success, then the Murrays have done well. This will be Murray’s 6th year here and do you really think the team will challenge for a cup like the ’07 team did? Will they be among the league leaders in: goals scored, least amount allowed, hits, PP goals scored, wins etc? You say you know my opinion like I am bad or something, I am only commenting on what has happened over the last 6 years. Will the team be better this year? I don’t think so but I am curious Mike what you think? If…if the team doesn’t make the playoffs, are the Murrays still doing a good job? It is a myth that the Murrays draft well and are great at developing players. Aside from Karlsson (who had an amazing year) who are the great drafts picks and who have they developed? We certainly can’t say it was: Daisey, Foligno, Rundblad, Wierchoch, Obrien, Daugavins, Gryba, Da Costa, Butler…can we? The jury is still out on Zibby afterall, he only scored 5 goals last year in a league totally dominated by Rundblad who coudn’t make the Sens and can’t make the Coyotes. We will see about Sly but again, he was amazing in the SEL but Pierre’s post revealed it really means very little (Hoffman and the out of favor Petersson have done more scoring over 20 goals in the American Hockey League). I hope he is fabulous but we will have to wait and see just as we will with Noesen and Peumpal and company. There is the ever present hype as there was with Rundblad, Da Costa, Wiercoch, Butler and others!

    You sound almost annoyed when you suggest you know my opinion but I am only commenting on the facts Mikey and the facts do not support the notion that Bryan Murray is a great judge of talent nor is he a great builder. The Senators embarrasssingly have the smallest staff in the league. Why? With 5 coaches in 4 years he wasn’t very good at selecting a bench bosses. Nor was he any good at selecting assistants (who should be chosen by the Coach). Compare the resume of the Montreal Canadians management team to Ottawa’s and tell me your are proud and confident!

    Look at the current version of the hockey club Mikey. The core group of Spezza, Alfredsson, Philips and Neil were hear before Murray. But the team has had a million players since then including many tired old men who never played another game in the NHL after leaving the Senators. Dennis doesn’t think the team will be successful this year, do you? Are you too going to give Murray another 3-5 years and if so, why? Does that really make a lot of sense Mikey? What are your expectations? I expect more and after 6 years of failure, turnovers, turmoil, nepotism, propoganda and silly bugger, I want a return to professionalism with individuals with a pedigree not just years of…

  10. Dennis_w says:

    It’s okay to have an opinion, but please check at least some of your facts before postiing. Otherwise no one will take your opinions seriously.

  11. Dennis, I don’t really care about being taken seriously. Very simply, I enjoy offering an opinion and getting involved in a discussion. Please point out where I have mislead with a untruth.

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