Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A good fit here?

Upon learning that the Chicago Blackhawks have bought out Matthew Barnaby, my first thought was, how would he look in Ottawa?

GM John Muckler made no secret that he wanted him last summer, but for the role he plays, the price tag of over a million bucks was just too high. Now that he has some cash in his pocket, perhaps Barnaby would take significantly less to come play in his hometown. The price would have to be right (as in, less than $700K I'd think), but Barnaby has never struck me as a guy driven by finances so I'm not sure that would be a major issue.

He'd certainly add some grit and grind to the Senators, and in a fourth line role, could be very useful. The Senators, hopefully, have more than enough scoring and wouldn't need Barnaby for that. He'd merely bring an edge to the roster that was clearly missing down the stretch.

Seems like a good idea to me.

8 Comments:

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Jeff J said...

McGrattan, Neil, Barnaby and possibly Varada? Isn't that a bit much?

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Varada's not coming back. He's a UFA and won't be resigned.

And Neil scored 16 goals last season. He's graduated from thug status.

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Dave said...

any thoughts on the possible Havlat <-> Toskala deal that's brewing?

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

1) I don't think it'll happen. Apparently Doug Wilson and the Sharks are maintaining that Havlat has to be locked into a long-term contract first, and he and his agent Walsh have made it clear they have no interest in doing that, regardless of if he's a Senator or Shark.

2) The return seems low to me. I like Toskala, but I'm not sure he's enough of an upgrade over Emery. I realize he had a strong playoff but if we're going to move one of our most valuable assets, I'd like it to be someone we know will be good enough.

I'd prefer they move Havlat for another top six forward who's, say, a mil cheaper, and then use some of the money saved to take a run at Gerber.

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me, or are things very scary in Sensland right now...absolutely NO certainty.

For an organization that relies on a walk-up audience, they'd better land a big name.

I agree with the Sens losing Chara. But can keeping Redden really be all there is to this season? Financially, perhaps it's all we can afford, but realistically, how can Redden put more butts in the seats?

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I'd prefer they move Havlat for another top six forward who's, say, a mil cheaper, and then use some of the money saved to take a run at Gerber.

That's the problem. No one is going to trade a top six forward for another top six forward who is going to make more money and who is likely to leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer. It just won't happen.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

I think you're being just a tad bit overdramtic.

The Sens will be a competitive team next season. They may not win the conference or the division, but I think as fans we should've learned by now those things mean shit, ultimately.

As for losing Chara affecting attendance, if Muckler spins it as he should, which is Chara just isn't worth $8 million and that money can be spent to address two needs (top four d-man to fill the void & top six forward), then I have to think most will understand and accept it.

Some people will be upset, but to those people, I say flashback to April and remember what a slug Chara was for the playoffs.

If you do that, I can't see how you can be mad at him leaving town.

And really, do we want to keep each and every piece of the team together? The team that has won one playoff round the last two years?

There has to be some middle ground between the "FIRE EVERYONE!" sentiment that was rampant after we got eliminated and the "WE MUST KEEP THIS TEAM TOGETHER" attitude that appears to be prevelant now.

 
At 3:02 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

That's the problem. No one is going to trade a top six forward for another top six forward who is going to make more money and who is likely to leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer. It just won't happen.

The difference is Havlat can be a top 3 forward. I'd say he is, just not on Ottawa who have that stacked first line.

Trade Havlat for a guy who's 4th or 5th on his team's forward depth chart but brings different things to the table than Havlat (less offence, more toughness, experience, etc.)

 

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