Thursday, May 1, 2008

Brunnstrom Out Of Reach ... McAmmond On Way Out?

It looks like the Ottawa Senators are out of the Fabian Brunnstrom sweepstakes.

The agent for the 23 year old Swede, J.P. Barry told Sportsnet that Brunnstrom is only considering three teams at the moment: Dallas, Colorado and Montreal.

While it seems like every team in the league has been pursuing this undrafted late-bloomer, Vancouver was thought to be the closest to signing him until they canned GM David Nonis.

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray said publicly that he had interest but that scenario seems like a longshot at best now.

So far, there has been no word on any negotiations between Murray and his own unrestricted free agents like Jesse Winchester, Chris Kelly, Cory Stillman, Mike Commodore and Shean Donovan.

In all likelihood, Murray will be letting fellow unrestricted's Wade Redden, Martin Lapointe, Luke Richardson and Randy Robitaille walk.

And although there has been no word in the press as of yet, expect Murray to shop Dean McAmmond around at the NHL Entry Draft if he can get Kelly signed to a deal. Murray didn't seem too pleased when McAmmond signed a two year deal with John Muckler just before Muckler was let go. Having Kelly under contract will make McAmmond a secondary player and Murray will be focusing on getting extra offense into those couple of open slots at forward.

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