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very solid defensively in its 23-6 victory ov

Postby lw789 » April 12th, 2018, 2:58 am

OTTAWA -- Bryan Murray wants to do right by Jason Spezza, but not at the expense of the Ottawa Senators. Ottawas general manager said hes had discussions about trading his captain but will not make a move unless he can get an acceptable return. "I dont think when you trade a player of Jasons calibre that you ever win," Murray said on Thursday. "I think we try to get the best return we can and then if its not satisfactory we cant do it and he has a year left on his contract." Spezza had 23 goals and 66 points in 75 games last season. He has 251 goals and 687 points in 686 career NHL games. Spezza has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of US$7 million. He has a limited no-trade clause, which allowed him to submit a list of ten teams where he would not want to play. Its believed he would prefer to move out of Canada and the glare of the spotlight that comes from playing north of the border. Ideally, its believed Murray would like to get a player who can come in and play on the teams top two lines, a highly-ranked prospect and perhaps a first-round pick at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, seeing as the Senators dont have one this year. Murray said he has heard from teams, and speculation has Anaheim and St. Louis as the front-runners. "All we do in our business is investigate when theres a request by a player," said Murray. "You investigate possibilities and you talk about it and negotiate and when you negotiate it sometimes takes a week. Not very often its one phone call, sometimes many and in this case it appears that there will be many." The 31-year-old Spezza has spent 11 seasons with the Senators, the last as captain, but at the conclusion of this season it was clear he was unhappy and rumours of a trade request soon surfaced. From the moment Spezza arrived in Ottawa as a 19-year-old, he has been a lightning rod for criticism by both fans and media and it appears hes grown tired of it all. "The only explanation I have is that he would like to try something different," said Murray. "He thinks that the fingers are pointed at him quite often in Ottawa. Winning or losing he gets credit or he gets blamed and I think he feels its time to do something else." When asked whether or not he felt that was a legitimate cause for a trade request Murray said, "thats not for me to judge." Its not the first time a star player has requested a move under Murrays watch. The Senators traded Dany Heatley to San Jose in 2009 after Heatley requested a move. "Im always disappointed that we havent been able to satisfy players, whether it be Jason or any other player that has ever asked for a trade," said Murray. "But its probably a little more common place now." With the departure of longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson last season, Spezza was the reins of the club. Expectations were that the added responsibility might translate to better play away from the puck. Over the course of the season it appeared head coach Paul MacLean grew frustrated with his captains play and that the two didnt always see eye-to-eye. "Jason told me this at the end, he understood what Paul was trying to do and thats not the reason (he wants a trade)," said Murray. "Thats basically what he told me." Despite the NHL entry draft being just over a week away Murray says he feels no sense of urgency to complete the trade. At this point all it entails is a little more work on his part. "Its just another number of phone calls you have to make on a daily basis almost to see if you can do something to satisfy the player and the team," said Murray. "Let me assure you were looking to satisfy our hockey team. Were looking to win here. Were trying to get return that will give us that chance. It just makes it a little bit busier thats all." Notes: The Senators have signed C Mike Hoffman to a one-year, two-way deal. C Stephane DaCosta turned down an offer by the Senators and appears poised to play in the KHL this coming season. Assistant general manager Pierre Dorion admitted the team has held discussions with G Robin Lehner regarding a contract extension for the restricted free agent. The Senators have made an offer to Milan Michalek and are confident a deal can be made with the veteran winger. Preston Brown Jersey .com) - Manu Ginobili capped off a 26-point night with a go-ahead layup with 24 seconds left in overtime, with the basket giving the San Antonio Spurs a much-needed 95-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Doug Flutie Jersey . 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Gable hasnt given up on his goal to re-write the CFL record book this season. Prior to the opening kickoff, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dynamic running back stated he wanted to become the first player in league history to register 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same campaign. Robert Drummond of the Toronto Argonauts came close to achieving the rare double in 97, running for 1,134 yards and registering 85 catches for 840 yards despite missing three games. A CFL player would have to average 56 yards rushing and receiving per game over the 18-game regular season to achieve the mark. The six-foot-one 208-pound Gable has 119 yards rushing and 169 yards receiving so far this year with Hamilton (1-4), but says the 1,000-1,0000 campaign remains very achievable. "Yeah, I think it can still happen," Gable said. "You never know, one game I might get 200 yards receiving or 200 yards rushing." The 26-year-old native of Sylmar, Calif., was certainly a big-play performer as a rookie last year with Hamilton. The first freshman to start an opener at USC -- he did so against Arkansas in 06 -- ran for 782 yards on 130 carries (six-yard average) and seven TDs while recording 54 catches for 598 yards and five touchdowns en route to being a finalist for the CFLs outstanding rookie award. Gable again showed his explosiveness Saturday night. He rushed for 62 yards and a TD on six carries while adding three catches for 105 yards in the Ticats 33-23 home win over Ottawa. The former Trojan turned a simple screen pass from Dan LeFevour into an 83-yard completion late in the game that set up LeFevours one-yard TD run that broke a 23-23 tie. "It felt good but Im always ready when my number is called," Gable said. "You never know in this game." Gable is a threat to do something big every time he touches the ball. Trouble is, Hamilton was playing catchup in its opening three games -- all losses -- which can limit just how many rushing touches Gable gets. Gable has 33 touches through four games this season (23 rushes, 10 catches). Another factor impacting how many times he gets the ball is Gables ability to provide solid protection on pass plays. Kent Austin, Hamiltons GM and head coach, has called Gable the leagues best blocking back. "In a couple of games I was getting impatient and frustrated with myself,"; Gable said.dddddddddddd "So I had to tell myself to relax, play the game and trust the coaching calls and when my time comes be ready." Another factor Saturday, too, was LeFevours running ability. In his first CFL start, LeFevour threw for 361 yards and a TD but also ran for a game-high 109 yards against Ottawa. LeFevour will be under centre Thursday night against Winnipeg and Gable said rival defences have to account for the quarterbacks ability to make plays with his legs, which in turn helps create running lanes for Gable. "They know that Dan can stretch the field to so if you key on me hes going to take off," he said. "If you key on him then that will leave me open." Winnipeg (4-1) looked very solid defensively in its 23-6 victory over the B.C. Lions. The Bombers intercepted Kevin Glenn twice, recorded five sacks and also recovered a fumble. "Theyre a really good defence," Gable said. "They fly around and we just have to play mistake-free." Winnipeg will also be minus its leading receiver as Nick Moore (22 catches for 320 yards) is sidelined with a foot injury. Moore had seven catches for 99 yards against B.C. but former Ticat Aaron Kelly -- who had five catches for 100 yards and two TDs in the Bombers season-opening 45-21 win over Toronto -- returns after missing two weeks. "Obviously he (Moore) is a good player," said Bombers rookie head coach Mike OShea. "Thankfully weve got Aaron Kelly to step in ... Aaron is going to make sure we dont miss anything." Willy said Kelly brings plenty to the Bombers offence. "His vertical routes are something we like to take advantage of," Willy said. "Hes done a good job of getting back into it and hes going to be great for us." Kelly is looking forward to facing his former team. He spent two seasons in Hamilton before joining the Bombers in 2013. "I had two weeks off to get healthy and get right," he said. "I definitely didnt want to miss this game and a chance to come back to Hamilton and play." Against Ottawa, Hamiltons offence really got going early. The Ticats had two touchdowns and 158 yards in their first five plays from scrimmage and Gable said the unit always wants to start fast. "Thats how we should be every game," he said. "Once we start going, its hard to stop us." 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