Sens News and Notes for the Week of August 14th

By Nathan Estabrooks

Ink and more Ink

The Senators have resigned defensemen John Gruden and Shane Hnidy. Expect Gruden to play a handful of games with the big league club. Forward John Emmons was also resigned.

In a move that has most Sens fans frustrated the Sens signed David Oliver to a multi-year deal. Oliver was released from the club in the 98-99 season after an abysmal start. Oliver soon found work with the Houston Aero’s of the IHL and late last year suited up 9 times for the Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL veteran Derek King is the newest Senator. Last year King played with the Maple Leafs and Blues before bouncing around IHL.

It’s That Time of the Year Again

Originally four players filed for arbitration; Philips, York, Arvedson and Bonk. A few days later both Philips and Arvedson signed one year deals. York, as well came to terms with the team only hours before his hearing. This leaves Bonk to await his hearing in the next few weeks.

The Ottawa Senators Vs. Alexi Yashin

The hockey club (Rod Bryden) has diminished the damages being sought from hold out center Alexi Yashin. Now $900,000, the original amount was 7 million. This move further rouses the growing insurgency amongst Ottawa Fans. Only a few months past, Bryden was the savoir of the team, but now most of the public look upon him as a petulant control freak.

Capitan Video to the Rescue

In a surprising announcement last week the Senators announced Roger Neilson as an assistant coach. Neilson will help to refine the dismal special teams, and will help to reinstall a defensive system gone awry. Going into this season head coach Jacques Martin has only one year remaining on his contract. Perhaps this time next summer, Neilson will be the new head coach.

Barrasso May Still Be a Sen

It appears negotiations between the goaltender and the hockey club will soon begin. Management might be weary of entering the season with two unproven goalies after all. As for Barrasso, the list of teams who might of employed him grows smaller and smaller by the day.