The changes keep coming for the AHL Calder Cup champs as two more players have left the Binghamton Senators. Season savior Barry Brust back-stopped the B-Sens into the playoffs as he took over starting duties in Bingo and had a record of 29-19-2-7 with a GAA of 2.53 and a SV% 0.925. Starting the season as number three on the AHL depth chart, Brust was pushed into action when injuries hit the Sens at both the NHL and AHL level. The journeyman goaltender had a career year and was hoping to turn that into a starting gig with either the Sens organization or another team. But that was not in the cards for Brust as he is leaving North America to join Straubing Tigers of the German Hockel League (DEL) on a one year deal. Good luck Brust.
Fan favorite Kaspars Daugavins is also taking his talents overseas as he has signed with the Dynamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). As per Riga’s press release, (translated, hence the English is not the greatest, but you get the idea)
23-year-old attacker Kaspar Daugavins (height – 183 cm, weight – 93 kg) 30. June ended the contract with the NHL club Ottawa Senator, and although the club has made offers to extend the contractual relationship – the conclusion of qualifying contracts, but hockey is not satisfied with their own distinct supply conditions. That is why the pre-season preparation period, he has decided to withdraw with Dinamo Riga (Dinamo Riga own the rights to Kaspars Daugavins KHL), but for this to happen legally correct, the conclusion of the probationary period the contract. Kevin Daugaviņš is planned in August to participate in the NHL pre-season training camp at which to decide where to continue his career this season.
So it looks like Daugavins has rejected the Sens qualifying offer which I assume would have been a two-way deal and signed with Dynamo. However, he will come to Ottawa’s training camp in the fall in an attempt to stick with the big club. But with 12 forwards on the roster with one-way contracts, Daugavins will need to have one hell of a training camp to stay in Ottawa. With his breakout performance in the AHL playoffs this past spring where he notched 20 points in 23 games, Daugavins may have finally figured it out and may be able to stick around as a 13th forward/fourth liner. I guess we’ll see in the fall.
The B-Sens have announced that Grady Whittenburg, director of broadcasting and voice of the B-Sens, has been awarded the 2010-11 James H. Ellery Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding media coverage in the category of radio. Congrats to Grady as he did an amazing job covering the B-Sens all season and throughout their playoff run.
And finally, the Calder Cup has begun making its rounds and yesterday, it made an appearance in Ottawa. With both Mark Borowiecki and Corey Cowick being from Ottawa, they decided that it would be fun to bring the Calder Cup to Ottawa. Check out this video as Borowiecki and Cowick brought the Calder Cup to the Bell Sensplex to visit the Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camp.
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