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New salary cap a boost for Sens

Increase to $56.7 million announced by NHL, Players' Association

Thursday, 26.06.2008 / 5:39 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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New salary cap a boost for Sens
Bryan Murray officially has more money in the pot to build a competitive Ottawa Senators roster for the coming season.

With the July 1 free agency deadline drawing closer, the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association announced today that the salary cap for 2008-09 will rise to $56.7 million. That’s an increase of $6.4 million over last season.

“We heard all along (that it was going to be) approximately 56,” said Murray. “I’m not surprised. I don’t know how many teams will be able to go to that, but that’s the number we kept hearing for the latter part of the year.”

The Senators figure to be among the group that will make use of the extra cap room. Earlier this month, when asked about the impending rise in the cap, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he was prepared to authorize Murray to spend to the limit “dollar for dollar.”

Murray further confirmed that today.

“The only thing about Mr. Melnyk, he has certainly indicated that we will do everything we possibly can to be a good team (and) a successful team,” he said. “If it requires the dollars to go to the cap, we have that ability.”

A little more than $1 million must be put aside, Murray said, for “injuries and call-ups during the year.” He’d also like to preserve some cash for use in potential trades during the season.

Much of what Murray will be able to do on the free-agent market figures to depend on the status of Group II restricted free agents Antoine Vermette and Andrej Meszaros, both of whom have been presented with qualifying offers by the Senators.

“If we sign Meszaros and Vermette, then we would have the need for one forward and one defenceman and a backup goalie,” said Murray.

There will also be an opportunity for some of the players on the ice at Senators development camp this week to help fill the void. Centre Cody Bass, forward Nick Foligno and defenceman Brian Lee – all of whom finished last season in the Senators lineup – are at the top of that list.

“(Goaltender) Brian Elliott is going to get a good look, I would say, looking at him here (in camp),” said Murray. “There’s a couple of other guys that look fairly impressive out there that we’ll have to look at as pros, whether it’s in the NHL or AHL.

“But we’ll certainly look at them and hope that they’re guys that, in the future, will play in the NHL but may have to start in the AHL.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 62 15 34 1 49
B. Ryan 58 17 31 9 48
K. Turris 62 16 29 -3 45
M. Hoffman 59 23 17 24 40
M. Stone 60 15 25 12 40
M. Zibanejad 60 16 19 3 35
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 57 11 15 -1 26
D. Legwand 60 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 56 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02