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Senators owner claims he's lost $94 million 08-16-2013
Petri Varis RW Chi
Eugene Melnyk claims he's personally lost $94 million as owner of the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa Citizen
Melnyk bought the Senators in 2003. He's always operate the team under a strict budget, but Melnyk chose to tell the Ottawa Citizen of his losses Friday. We're not doubting that he's taken a financial hit owning the Sens, but it's worth noting Melnyk chose to disclose this information the day after Daniel Alfredsson claimed the Sens reneged on a verbal agreement regarding his contract this season.
Nonis: No reason to think Phaneuf won't stay 08-16-2013
Dion Phaneuf D TOR
Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said there's "no reason to think" Dion Phaneuf won't remain with Toronto.

NHL.com
Phaneuf is entering the final year of his contract. Nonis said he hasn't had any contract talks with the Leaf captain, but Nonis remains confident Phaneuf won't be leave Toronto anytime soon. "Obviously Dion is a core part of our team," Nonis said. "He's our captain. He's fit well into Toronto and our group and there's no reason to think he won't be here for the long run."
Report: Nokelainen signs with Swedish team 08-16-2013
Petteri Nokelainen C MON
Petteri Nokelainen signed a one-year contract signed a one-year contract with Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League, according to The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta.

David Pagnotta on Twitter
Nokelainen didn't end up playing in the NHL last season due to a back injury. The Finnish-born winger was waived in March. Prior to that, he had two goals and four points in 17 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Giroux expects to resume skating 2-3 weeks 08-16-2013
Claude Giroux C PHI
Claude Giroux (finger surgery) says he expects to resume skating in two to three weeks.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Giroux had to undergo surgery Thursday after he tore tendons while golfing when his club snapped and splintered into his finger. To hear Giroux talk about his recovery, it sounds like he'll be good to go by the end of the preseason. Even if he misses the full six weeks, he'd be on track to return for Philly's final preseason game. This injury shouldn't affect how your rank Giroux or where you plan to draft him.
Murray 'disappointed' by Daniel Alfredsson 08-16-2013
Petri Varis RW Chi
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray says he's "disappointed" by Daniel Alfredsson's allegations Thursday.

Ottawa Sun
Alfie alleged the Senators reneged on an per-existing agreement to extend his contract or at least sign him to a deal that would make up for his $1 million salary in 2012-13. Murray said Alfredsson and his agent asked for $7 million for one year or $12 million for two years, which Murray says he told them he couldn't afford. Murray offered $4.5 million and says he never heard back from Alfredsson's agent before the longtime Sens captain signed with the Red Wings.
Daly: NHL won't investigate Alfredsson deal 08-16-2013
Daniel Alfredsson RW DET
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league won't investigate Daniel Alfredsson's alleged cap-circumventing with the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa Citizen
Alfredsson claimed Thursday the Senators asked him to add a year to his last contract to help lower the cap hit even though neither side had any intention of Alfredsson playing that season. The Senators have denied that any such agreement took place. "I would say that if negotiations went down precisely as Daniel described (them), that would be a concern," deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the Ottawa Citizen on Thursday. "We haven't independently verified that, and at this point we don't intend to."
Jose Theodore still not talking with Panthers 08-16-2013
Jose Theodore G FLA
Jose Theodore says there hasn't been any contact between him and the Florida Panthers.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Theodore appears like the odd man out with Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen already in place. Theodore is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him replaced by Markstrom on a full-time basis by midseason. The veteran netminder may be able to land a professional tryout or a one-year deal either right before camp or perhaps during camp.
Jimmy Howard: Nothing like representing USA 08-16-2013
Jimmy Howard G DET
Jimmy Howard would like nothing more than to be the starting goalie for the U.S. in Sochi.

Detroit Free Press
"When you put that jersey on, you're representing an entire country, not just one organization," said Howard, who will be among a deep pool of goaltenders competing for a U.S. roster spot. "There's nothing else like it." Howard will have to beat out a number of potential candidates for the right to even be on the roster, including Cory Schneider, Craig Anderson, Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller. If anything, it'll add some extra motivation to his 2013-14 season with the Red Wings.
Toews says it's 'gold or bust' for Canada 08-16-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews says it's "gold medal or bust" for Canada at the Sochi Games.

Chicago Sun-Times
Toews will be one of the top players on a star-studded Canadian squad that will be expected to repeat their gold-medal feat from 2008, which isn't lost on him. "Once you get to the Olympics you know that there's a vast majority of the Canadian population that are tuned in to watch every single one of their games," Toews said. "For us, we got to experience it first hand, the craziness of the Canadian fans, in Vancouver so you know that support is there so it's something you almost have to tune out and focus on the game and take it one shift at a time and try to play the right way to win the gold medal."
Senators, Cowen reps pick up contract talks 08-16-2013
Jared Cowen D OTT
The Senators and Jared Cowen's reps have picked up the pace of contract talks.

Ottawa Citizen
This comes only a week after the Sens and Cowen were reportedly locked in a stalemate, but with training camp right around the corner there had to be some progress. Cowen's agent said the sides have discussed a one-year deal, a two-to-three year bridge deal or a long-term contract while sources told the Ottawa Sun that the Senators have offered Cowen an eight-year, $28-million offer. Cowen's agent says he expects to have a deal done by camp.