Senators GM Murray talks Kuba and the trade deadline … No talks with Karlsson yet

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: It looks like the Senators will be keeping defenseman Filip Kuba, GM Bryan Murray:

    “He’s played penalty-killing, power play, been Erik Karlsson’s partner. (He) plays a lot of minutes, has great respect on the team. I’m not sure why his name has ever come up, but at this point in time, unless I got something awfully, awfully good, it wouldn’t do us any service to not keep him here.”

    Murray wouldn’t say much regarding re-signing Kuba:

    “I’m not trying to do anything with anybody at this point,” he said. “I’d have to talk to his agent. I don’t think I want to give them that kind of answer at this point.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t had talks with Erik Karlsson, who’ll be a RFA at the end of the season. GM Murray on the deadline:

    “I expect to talk to teams, which I’ve been doing, a fair amount,” Murray said when asked for an update on his pursuit of making the team better before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. “I don’t know that we’re doing anything. A lot of managers seem to be like me, in that they’re not sure what they want to do. They’re in the race, but they’re not convinced if they’re going to be in or out. So I think we’re all trying to be somewhat cautious.

    “I don’t know that there’s going to be a lot of trades. The price they’d have to pay to finish ninth … that’s what we all worry about.”

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators GM Bryan Murray made several points clear:

    1. He might have made his biggest deal already, bringing in centre Kyle Turris from Phoenix in a trade for defenceman David Rundblad.

    2. With any depth additions for a playoff run, he’d rather acquire a younger player with upside than a veteran spring rental.

    3. Murray respects the chemistry and rejuvenated atmosphere of the Senators dressing room, and will only add a player he knows will mesh with the group he has.

    4. Murray won’t part with pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Filip Kuba unless some GM makes a very enticing offer.


  1. Jeff

    02/22/2012 at 7:31 am

    That doesnt seem like a smart decision, by a GM that has made many mistakes over the years. If Kuba walks for nothing in the summer..

    Then again, we never know how much discussion there is with player’s agents etc. He might feel very confident he is bringing Kuba back.

  2. Jeff

    02/22/2012 at 7:34 am

    A note on Karlsson:

    The NHL will go after these “second contracts” hard in new CBA. It is crazy that Karlsson will likely start making $5+mm per year, after just playing 195 games in the NHL. He will have completed just three seasons, be 21 years old, and will require a huge contract.

    A major flaw in the current CBA.

  3. Big a

    02/22/2012 at 11:07 am

    So I think it’s cause I woke up a minute ago but I read this article 3 times and can’t find where it mentions David krejci…

  4. Mark Easson

    02/22/2012 at 11:17 am

    Should have only read it once to realize there was no Krejci … Stupid tagging dropdown defaults alphabetically when typing/submitting too fast sometimes.

  5. Big a

    02/22/2012 at 4:49 pm

    Haha I figured, still a good read.