Silver Nuggets: Senators still trying to trade up; Dave Cameron joins coaching staff

Erik Karlsson is someone the Edmonton Oilers might consider trading the #1 overall pick for. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

The NHL draft week is finally upon us. In four days from now, the Senators will make one of the most important draft selections in club history when they make the sixth (or even earlier?) overall selection. Who will we pick? Will we trade up? It is going to make for an exciting few days. Ryan Classic will return with some great draft analysis later this week. Until then, here are some links:

General Sens News

  • Bryan Murray has talked to Edmonton about acquiring the #1 overall pick, but it would cost Erik Karlsson, which Murray won't do. Murray is aiming for "three or four real good players" with his five picks in the first two rounds. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • A look at the Senators scouting staff and the decision making process they go through into making a selection. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • The Senators have drafted some great talent in the first round such as Alexei Yashin, Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson among others. They have also had some great failures in Alexandre Daigle, Mathieu Chouinard and Jakob Klepis. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • While all of us speculate on this player or that player, the life of a scout is travelling all around the country (and the world) and watching games in tiny arenas and trying to find hidden gems. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Bryan Murray's offseason plan is going to be a busy one with a lot of picks in the draft, certainly some players available for trade, and his stated goal of acquiring a top six forward. (Ottawa Sun)
  • Hockey's Future's draft preview for the Ottawa Senators, taking into account our team needs and strengths. They project we will pick Mika Zibanejad and Nicklas Jensen. (Hockey's Future)
  • Dave Cameron will be one of the new assistant coaches of the Ottawa Senators. While this hasn't been officially announced by the club, Cameron himself admitted as much, saying only a few formalities have to be finalised. (Ottawa Citizen)

More after the jump.

General Hockey News

  • The NHL salary cap will rise $4.6 million to $64 million, with the floor being $16 million below at $48 million. The Senators are currently at $44.75 million with 17 players signed. (TSN)
  • Nicklas Lidstrom will return for one more reason with the Detroit Red Wings, signing a one-year $6.2 million deal. (TSN)
  • Brian Burke wants to trade up. If he some how acquires the seventh pick, and really wants the guy Ottawa wants, will Bryan Murray tell him that he is picking the guy that Burke wants? (TSN)
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