|Guillaume Latendresse has agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.15 million with the Senators. (QMI Agency)
There weren't any big fireworks at Scotiabank Place on July 1.
While Senators GM Bryan Murray went shopping, he didn't pull out the mounds of cash the club has spent in the past and, instead, opted to sign winger Guillaume Latendresse and defenceman Mike Lundin to one-year deals.
Yes, the Senators made a call to Zach Parise's camp, but Murray quickly realized his asking price -- which includes in excess of $25 million in upfront money -- means the former New Jersey Devils winger is out of the club's league.
Though the Senators had an interest in New York Islanders winger P.A. Parenteau, the club wasn't going to match the four-year, $16-million payday he got from the Colorado Avalanche when he hit the market at noon.
Murray saved his biggest move for the trade market by sending Nick Foligno to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenceman Marc Methot. The Senators opted not to go on a huge spending spree.
"We talked to everybody," Murray said Sunday. "We talked to the Parise camp. We talked to the (Rick) Nash camp. We didn't talk about a defenceman (Ryan Suter) because we weren't going to go there.
"Yeah, it just didn't work with our way of operating with the number of young people we have coming and the commitment we had to make financially and term. So, we just stepped nicely back from that."
Lundin and Latendresse are both coming off injury-plagued seasons, but if they work out they could be good deals. It would seem Lundin has more upside potential after coming off sports hernia surgery.
"I had surgery to fix a sports hernia type thing at the end of March," Lundin told the Sun. "I'm fully recovered. I've been training hard. I feel healthy for the first time in awhile.
"I rely on my speed and quickness. It's tough for any player to play through injuries. I don't want to use them as excuses. It's not fun when you're not at the top of your game. I'm excited to be healthy and I'm excited to be able to get my game back on track."
Filip Kuba (Florida), Matt Carkner (N.Y. Islanders) and Zenon Konopka (Minnesota) all had good paydays after deciding to leave the Senators.
While Murray held talks with the agents for Kuba and Carkner about the possibility of bringing them back, the Senators weren't going to be able to match the kind of money they were able to get on the free agent market.
"I made offers to (Kuba and Carkner). Both told me what they were going to get in the open market and they got it," said Murray. "I have no qualms. That's the system.
"I said to our guys when I heard the numbers going around, 'Did we not appreciate enough or did we know too much about them?' Good for them. Matt Carkner deserves it. He'll go there and get a role. He really wanted to be a top six defenceman and be on the ice regularly."
THIS N' THAT
The club doesn't have an answer from captain Daniel Alfredsson on whether he's going to honour the final year of his contract or retire. He has returned to Sweden and Murray is pressing Alfredsson's camp for an answer on what he's going to do next "in the not too distant future." A call has been placed to Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, but hasn't been returned ... The Senators won't be bringing back C Jesse Winchester unless Murray makes a deal for another defenceman that requires giving up a forward in return. The Rangers have shown an interest in Winchester as a fourth-line centre. After his season ended with a second concussion the playoffs, Winchester has passed a baseline test. The Avs could also be looking for depth.
WHAT THEY SPENT
D Mike Lundin (MIN) 1-year, $1.15 million
W Guillaume Latendresse (MIN) 1-year, $1.25 million
WHAT FORMER SENS GOT
D Matt Carkner (NYI) 3-years, $4.5 million
D Filip Kuba (FLA) 2-years, $8 million
C Zenon Konopka (MIN) 2-years, $1.85 million