Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Alfie negotiations, sorry Schubie, no Khabi

Lazy post of the biggest Sens' headlines for today begins now:

Negotiations on a contract extension for Daniel Alfredsson should get serious in Sweden during the Sens' raod trip there. Although there are some conditional team-options on the current contract, the team can't be very interested in running the risk of losing Alfie to unrestricted free agency. Bryan Murray said he'd probably just give Alfie what he asks for, and I'm pretty sure Alfie's not the kind of guy who'll ask for a crippling salary. There is no excuse for allowing this guy to finish with any team other than the Sens.

As reported on Sportsnet, the Senators have no interest in signing the recently-waived Nikolai Khabibulin. Apparently Murray told reporters that he's just too expensive to fit into the Senators' budget. No word on whether he'd pick him up at half-price if he comes through re-entry waivers, but he and Craig Hartsburg seem satisfied with the current duo of Alex Auld and Martin Gerber.

Bad news for Christoph Schubert, as it appears he hasn't made the cut on defence for the Sens. The top-six appear to be Chris Phillips-Anton Volchenkov, Jason Smith-Filip Kuba, and Brian Lee-Alex Picard. The signing of Luke Richardson sets him up as the seventh D, so Schubert will likely be playing forward this season. A likely scenario might see a trade coming soon, though, because the Sens have extra forwards now, too.

Finally, Sens brass were excited to see first-round pick Erik Karlsson play for the Froluna Indians last night, and he didn't disappoint. Karlsson scored the opening goal in the team's 4-1 victory--their first win of the year. It's going to be exciting to see him again on Thursday when the Indians face-off in an exhibition game against the Sens.
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