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30 декабря 2015 г. 07:53

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The Senators playoff chances may be finished, but their general manager will be paying close attention to the final 10 games of the season as he starts to focus on the 2014-15 campaign. Teemu Selanne Avalanche Jersey . Speaking to TSN 1200 on Friday evening, Bryan Murray said he has not made any final decisions on his team for next season – and that includes giving a formal vote of confidence to head coach Paul MacLean. When asked directly about MacLeans job security moving forward, Murray did not make any guarantees for his head coach or any of his players.  “I dont have a definite answer to that, but Pauls got a contract going forward. He was Coach of the Year last year and I dont know what happened this year necessarily as far as performance is concerned,” Murray said. “I think hes a very good coach and I think he has the ear of the players in the room. We had some really tough outings and its shared amongst a lot of people – myself included. We thought this team was better. We thought we had enough skill here to offset a couple of little things we were missing last year – and it didnt work out. Was that because of the departure of Daniel Alfredsson? Was it because we overestimated a couple our young guys? I think all of those evaluations will take place and will continue. With 10 games to go, well be watching very closely with the effort that is put forward here. Im certainly not planning to make any decisions until the 82 games have gone by and well make a decision based on the whole year.” Murray also elaborated on the prognosis of Bobby Ryan, who underwent surgery on Thursday in Montreal to repair a sports hernia injury that had been plaguing him for most of the season. Murray indicated that Ryan should be able to resume his off-ice training in a few weeks and his summer program should not be affected. Ryan – who had a team-leading 23 goals at the time of his injury – had a disappointing first season as the Senators failed to make the playoffs and he did not reach the 30-goal plateau. However, Murray was quick to point out that his injury played a major role in his lower productivity and the front office remains committed to him long-term. Ryans contract expires at the end of next season and while the Senators are not allowed to start formal negotiations on an extension until July 1st, Murray was adamant the club would push hard to keep him in Ottawa.  “I think hes going to be happy to talk to us. We certainly plan to try to keep him, we hope to get something done with Bobby so he will have a long career in Ottawa,” said Murray. While Murray cannot open his contract talks with players like Ryan and Jason Spezza until July 1st, he can start negotiating with a pending free agent for his summer in Ales Hemsky. Acquired by the Senators at the trade deadline, the 30-year-old has been a nice addition to the Sens lineup and has found chemistry with Spezza on a consistent basis. Murray has not opened formal negotiations with Hemskys camp, but says that will be coming soon. “Ive said hello to his agent and Ive talked to Ales a little bit and I get the impression he likes it here, he likes the city and he likes the way hes been treated. Until you start talking and realize what the commitment is – term and dollar wise – its hard to know. Certainly well have conversations and thats part of the reason why we traded for him at the deadline. We thought if we could get him on board here and he gets to know the group and how we operate, it might be easier for us to negotiate with him and can be an advantage for us.” Murray also said he yet to open up negotiations with netminder Robin Lehner, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. While he has had a down year with only eight wins in 32 games and a 3.23 GAA, Lehner figures to be a major piece for the organization moving forward. And the general manager does not anticipate an issue re-signing the 22-year-old coming out of his entry-level deal. “I know that Robin has indicated that he likes Ottawa and he wants to stay here,” said Murray. “Well get it done with Robin, but its just a matter of where he fits into our long-term plans here.” Jack Johnson Blue Jackets Jersey .5 million. Bolland played just 23 games last season in his first year with the Toronto Maple Leafs after an ankle injury suffered early in the season. Julius Nattinen Ducks Jersey . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St.VANCOUVER - After fighting for their playoff lives the last month, the Vancouver Whitecaps have one more mountain to climb.Back-to-back road losses against FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers in mid-September nearly derailed their post-season chances, but the Whitecaps have ripped off three wins and a draw in their last four to climb back up the standings.With one game to go on the schedule, a win, draw, or even a loss this weekend could be enough to get Vancouver into the playoffs for the second time in three years.Despite all the permutations, the Whitecaps are solely focused on the first option.Its pretty simple — win and were in, said defender Steven Beitashour. So thats the main focus right now. Nothing less than a win.The Whitecaps wont know which result theyll need in order to secure the fifth and final playoff spot in Major League Soccers Western Conference until Saturdays game between Portland and Dallas is complete. That game will kick off 90 minutes before Vancouvers home fixture against the Colorado Rapids.Vancouver is one point up on Portland, so the Whitecaps need to at least match the Timbers result in Texas to get into the post-season. For example, a Portland win would mean Vancouver also needs a victory, while a Portland loss would clinch a playoff spot for the Whitecaps.Portland holds the tiebreaker, so ending even on points would hand the Timbers fifth place.I think were going in there in a confident mood, said Vancouver defender Andy OBrien. Weve given ourselves a chance of getting into the playoffs by virtue of the fact that weve played very well and gotten very good results over the last four games.There was a lot of pressure of us to get into this position. We had to play against teams that were doing very well in the league and had a lot of things play for as well.Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teiber said the result of the Timbers game will impact what happens at B.C. Place Stadium, but stressed the Whitecaps cant expect favours from other teams.We understand what happens if they lose, if they win, if they draw, but we have a game we need to take care of ourselves, said the Niagara Falls, Ont., native. I know thats going to be a cliche answer from a lot of the guys, but its the right answer, its the only answer.If we dont take care of business were not getting in.Added Beitashour: This past month has just been about us. No ones helping us out and whats going to change the last game of the season? Were really not expecting any help from anybody.That frame of mind helped Vancouver knock off Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders — all playoff teams — in impressive fashion to keep them in the chase.We said four games ago that we have five Cup finalls to play for, so weve been in that playoff mentality for weeks now, said Teibert. Terry OReilly Jersey. That does give us an advantage because weve been in pressure situations where weve needed to win games — not just wanted to win, weve needed to win — and weve done so.But Vancouver (11-8-14) is in this position of clinging to the final playoff spot not because of its ability to beat good teams, but rather an inability to get past MLS doormats, including two losses to the Rapids (8-17-8) this season.Against the higher-ranked teams weve done better, but I dont think you can really underestimate any team in this league, said OBrien. We want to win the game, but weve got to be sensible how we do it. We cant go out there and try and be gung-ho and give up goals, but we do understand the emphasis of winning the game.The Whitecaps admitted that the worst result psychologically from the Portland-Dallas game would be a draw, meaning Vancouver could get in the playoffs with a point of its own. But playing for ties is dangerous because all it takes is a mistake or a moment of magic for things to change drastically. I dont think you can mess about. I dont think you can dictate results here, said OBrien. Theres so many variables that can happen in a game. I think youve got to concentrate, do your job, and the objective is to get the three points.If Dallas beats Portland on Saturday, its conceivable that Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson will get as many of his veterans off the pitch as soon as possible with an eye on the one-game No. 4 versus No. 5 playoff game that would go mid-week on the road against Dallas or Real Salt Lake.Well probably get a feel for the (Portland-Dallas) game from the supporters, said the 35-year-old OBrien. Im sure if its going our way theyll be cheering, or theyll be cheering us on if we need to pull (out a win).I think its very strange the two games are not being played at the same time, given the importance.The Rapids have been miserable in the second half of the season and are winless in their last 13 (0-11-2), but Vancouver will have to be wary, especially after the Whitecaps played to a 0-0 road draw against the lowly San Jose Earthquakes last weekend.They have nothing to lose, so its always tough in that case, said Beitashour. Especially the way we play, we love playing those top teams. You look at the last three wins, Salt Lake, Dallas and Seattle — top teams. We do well against them.Its the bottom teams that frighten us a little bit. We have to make sure we come out prepared (and) fight, scrap just as if they were a first-place team. 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