While some of the big name free agents remain on the market, it was a quiet July 2 for the Ottawa Senators.
Bryan Murray and his staff do still have a couple things to take care of. Both Jim O'Brien and Kaspars Daugavins need new contracts and as I mentioned yesterday, the team would still like to add another top six forward to the mix.
So while there are some other things the Senators are working on over the next couple of days, we are about to enter a period of downtime across the National Hockey League.
Once the big name free agents find new homes, talk will then shift to the upcoming CBA negotiations that for now anyway, have the start of the 2012/2013 season in doubt.
Just a few quick updates to get you through this Tuesday morning.
- The Sens wrapped up their annual Development Camp yesterday with the 3 on 3 tournament. Team Orange, which included Shane Prince, Mika Zibanejad, Darren Kramer, Jordan Fransoo and Corey Cowick took the title. By all accounts it was another successful camp and one of the deepest talent pools the organization has seen in years. Kudos to Randy Lee and his staff for putting together a great event.
- In his address to the media on July 1, Bryan Murray mentioned on a couple of occasions that he has a "full roster". That doesn't necessarily mean there aren't more moves to come but means he's willing to go forward with this group if need be. That could be bad news for Jesse Winchester, who is still a UFA without a contract. Bruce Garrioch has suggested that the Rangers may have interest.
- The two newest Senators- Guillaume Latendress and Marc Methot have selected their numbers for next season. Latendresse will go with #73, a number last worn by Jarkko Ruutu. Meanwhile Methot will go with #3, last worn by Laurence Nycholat. Methot will be in town today to meet with the media at Scotabank Place.
- Like the rest of you, still waiting for confirmation on that Daniel Alfredsson news I mentioned yesterday. Was told by a quality source that he is in fact returning for another season so now we just have to wait for the official announcement. It's interesting to note that one person I spoke with hinted at the possibility of a new contract for the Captain. We'll see what happens.
- Will be away from the computer most of today as I've been lucky enough to get a spot in the Paul Rushforth Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Do it For Daron initiative. Should be an awesome day out at Greyhawk Golf Course and in support of a terrific cause. As always, will do my best to post any updates in the comment section and on Twitter.