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Looks like Filip Kuba’s days in Ottawa are over

Jun 5, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

Filip Kuba, Getty Images

The other day we talked about how Sergei Gonchar‘s future in Ottawa was potentially in doubt thanks to the Senators needing to get Erik Karlsson and Filip Kuba signed. As it turns out, Kuba’s future in Ottawa is the one looking gloomy.

Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra hears from Senators GM Bryan Murray that Kuba is looking for a payday that won’t be coming from him.

“I think we’re moving on,” Murray said. “I haven’t heard from him. I talked to his agent before the year ended and told him sort of the thoughts I had, about what we might consider and I haven’t heard back.

“He’s going to get his money. I think he’s going to get similar money to what he was earning with us,” Murray said. “And I’m not going to go there I don’t think.”

Kuba is 35-years-old and proved to be a big help to Karlsson this past season as he broke out to become a Norris Trophy finalist. The Senators have just three defensemen under contract for next season and have Karlsson as a restricted free agent. They’ll be busy, but it appears Kuba will be looking for a new home next season.

  1. bcisleman - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Kuba would actually be a better #2 for Mark Streit than Gonchar would have been. Garth should work a trade for his rights w/ a lesser pick and sign him for anywhere between $4 and $5 mil w/ a 2-3 yr term. By then, Scott Mayfield should be more than ready.

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