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Ottawa: Where $23M in cap space is 'not a housecleaning'

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08:36 AM ET 02.17 | After Chris Kelly and Mike Fisher, who's next to pack their bags in Ottawa? They'll have to install a revolving door in the Senators dressing room at Scotiabank Place before the Feb. 28 trade deadline because there could be a lot more sent packing before this teardown is complete. Two months ago, the Ottawa Sun reported Senators GM Bryan Murray was under orders to unload contracts as a serious rebuild with this organization was about to begin. ... "I'm trying to trade some other people or move some other people, but it's certainly not a housecleaning by any means." It's not? Sure looks like one. If Murray is able to unload all his unrestricted free agents before the deadline, then Chris Phillips, Jarkko Ruutu and Alex Kovalev will be gone. ... Already, the club should have $23 million in available cap space this summer.

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Cory Clouston, Getty Images Cory Clouston, Getty Images
February 17, 2011  09:51 AM ET

By no means is it a housecleaning. That won't happen until Bryan is gone.

February 17, 2011  09:55 AM ET

Who cares, they showing my favourite photo. yay.

February 17, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who cares, they showing my favourite photo. yay.

Knees...

February 17, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Knees...

That's no fun. :-)

February 17, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That's no fun. :-)

Dirty knees...

February 17, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That's no fun. :-)

HAHA, I had already forgotten about this pic, ha.

At the point where you trade the 2 best "character" guys in your dressing room - guys most teams would like to keep around if they had the choice - you give away the fact that its a housecleaning. Fisher and Kelly were 2 guys most any team would want, if you're giving them away too, its clear this house is in the full cleaning cycle.

February 17, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Dirty knees...

Actually, it looks like the guy directly behind Cory might be the one with "dirty knees."

February 17, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who cares, they showing my favourite photo. yay.

Does Clouston have a mullet?

Maybe the Pens could get Ruutu back and then pick up Armstrong from the Leafs. Then they could have line with Cooke, Ruutu, and Armstrong. Wouldn't that be great?

February 17, 2011  10:18 AM ET

How is it that the guy most responsible for constructing this mess is allowed to fix it? Obviously Murray has made a boatload of mistakes (letting Chara go, signing Redden, signing Spezza to a ridiculous deal, never finding a goalie, signing Kovalev to a laughable contract, the Heatley fiasco, etc.. etc. ) so how can you trust that he is able to fix it?

February 17, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Does Clouston have a mullet?Maybe the Pens could get Ruutu back and then pick up Armstrong from the Leafs. Then they could have line with Cooke, Ruutu, and Armstrong. Wouldn't that be great?

My agitator line-up-

Avery - Barch - Ott
Cooke- S. Thornton - Kaleta
Armstrong- Lapierre - Ruutu

All wonderful, upstanding dudes.

February 17, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

How is it that the guy most responsible for constructing this mess is allowed to fix it? Obviously Murray has made a boatload of mistakes (letting Chara go, signing Redden, signing Spezza to a ridiculous deal, never finding a goalie, signing Kovalev to a laughable contract, the Heatley fiasco, etc.. etc. ) so how can you trust that he is able to fix it?

Maybe nobody else worthwhile is willing to do the job with things the way they are...I know I wouldn't want MY name on this team right now. Let Murray dump the contracts, blame him the next 3-4 years it takes to recover from this.

February 17, 2011  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

My agitator line-up-Avery - Barch - OttCooke- S. Thornton - Kaleta Armstrong- Lapierre - RuutuAll wonderful, upstanding dudes.

Oh no, another Hankite! :)

February 17, 2011  11:14 AM ET

"After Chris Kelly and Mike Fisher, who's next to pack their bags in Ottawa?"

How about Bryam Murray and Cory Clouston?

February 17, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

By no means is it a housecleaning. That won't happen until Bryan is gone.

It can't be that bad. His name isn't Glen Sather.

February 17, 2011  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

How is it that the guy most responsible for constructing this mess is allowed to fix it? Obviously Murray has made a boatload of mistakes (letting Chara go, signing Redden, signing Spezza to a ridiculous deal, never finding a goalie, signing Kovalev to a laughable contract, the Heatley fiasco, etc.. etc. ) so how can you trust that he is able to fix it?

I stand corrected; it is that bad.

February 17, 2011  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

My agitator line-up-Avery - Barch - OttCooke- S. Thornton - Kaleta Armstrong- Lapierre - RuutuAll wonderful, upstanding dudes.

The Avery approves this line up.

February 17, 2011  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

"After Chris Kelly and Mike Fisher, who's next to pack their bags in Ottawa?"How about Bryam Murray and Cory Clouston?

They said "next" to pack their bags, not "last" to pack their bags ;)

February 17, 2011  01:00 PM ET

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That felt better!

February 17, 2011  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Dirty knees...

Know what they call a nurse with dirty knees? Head nurse. (O.K. old joke:)

 
February 17, 2011  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Know what they call a nurse with dirty knees? Head nurse. (O.K. old joke:)

The old ones are usually the best. That's what I tell myself since I'm an old ****.

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