While we're I guess on the topic of next season, I'll pass out a tidbit for everyone to indulge in. It seems like Eugene Melnyk will not get his soccer team after all and will use his anger on hopefully the firing of Bryan Murray. I have been told Steve Yzerman and Jim Rutherford are on the top of Melnyk's list but Neil Smith is also being considered along with Assistant General Manager Tim Murray. But does Melnyk really want to go down the Murray route once again?
Steve Yzerman and Neil Smith are probably going to be frontrunners because of their availability. Rutherford is still the GM of the Hurricanes but would most likely give up his job to come closer to home. I really like Yzerman as GM because he's under Ken Holland in Detroit and the way they rebuilt their franchise over there is incredible, and I bet Yzerman has gotten a few tips and tricks up his sleeve. He seems the perfect guy for a rebuilding team like the Sens. Rutherford has also done some amazing stuff with the Canes as he sent them from second last in the NHL to Stanley Cup winners in a short span of one year. Carolina also made the Finals a couple years back but eventually lost to Detroit. Neil Smith has a history of drafting well with Tony Amonte, Doug Weight, Sergei Zubov and Alexei Kovalev. He led them to the Stanley Cup in 1994 and after being the Gm of the Islanders for a month, he's on the block.
Kuba - Campoli Phillips - Volchenkov Smith/Picard - Lee
The Latest Buzz on the Sens
Dany Heatley- It's down to the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, and San Jose Sharks. Expect the Wild to take their offer up a notch
Chris Kelly- The Detroit Red Wings want him but Bryan Murray wants to see the market for Kelly first, than decide on his future. The Florida Panthers have also expressed interest for him. If Heatley stays, Kelly is gone
Alexandre Picard- The Washington Capitals have inquired about Picard, who would look good next to Mike Green.
Jason Smith- The Oilers will take him IF he's packaged with Heatley. He can prove to be a great warrior and leader in the locker room.