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September 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

GM Adrian Hanauer discusses Gudjohnsen, Ogararu and the upcoming roster freeze

hanauer mug.jpgReporters had a chance to catch up with general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer after Sunday’s reserve game. The main topics covered involved trialists Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is scheduled to fly back to Iceland on Monday, and George Ogararu, a Romanian international who just joined the team recently.

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(Can you talk about bringing in George Ogararu?) “It’s sort of the same message: We’re always going to try to make the team better and when there are opportunities to good players in on trial, we’re going to do it. Beyond that, obviously we’ll have our own internal discussions and figure out where we are with this year’s roster and beyond.”

(Is he someone that you have been tracking or was he brought to you?) “Look, there are 100,000s of players out there, so we can’t track everybody. Generally what happens is we’re in conversations with multiple, multiple agents and scouts, and they have players on their radar, and they make us aware of those players. He was another one like that. And actually Dave Tenney and Kurt Schmid sort of took the lead on tracking George and we were able to bring him in and take a look.”

(Any clarity on Gudjohnsen’s situation?) “No. Obviously Sept. 15 is the roster freeze, so by then something will be figured out for sure. But we’re going to sit down with he and his representation and see what opportunities there might be.”

(Is he staying in Seattle until then?) “He is, as a matter of fact, booked on a plane tomorrow.”

(Does that indicate anything?) “No. I mean that was what was booked in advance and at least right now he’s planning to get on his plane.”

(To Europe?) “Yeah, back to Iceland.”

(Would you let him get on a plane to Iceland if you had plans to keep him?) “I mean he’d have to get a work permit. We’d have to get him registered. He didn’t bring clothes for the rest of the year, so he would probably go back whether he was signed or not signed to get himself organized. But again, we’ve got our work cut out for us to try to come up with a way to keep him.”

(You’ve indicated with Gudjohnsen it’s more about this year. With Ogararu is it more open-ended?) “I think that’s the case, but I haven’t had as many direct conversation with George.”

(Do you feel your roster will be any different by the roster freeze?) “By the 15th it will either be different or it will be the same. You want to try and ask it a different way?”

(Well, if it’s with Gudjohnsen, Ogararu or anyone else…) “Look, we’re very, very happy with our roster. We think we have a team that can compete for a championship. But again, if we can get stronger, we’ll get stronger. But I would be very surprised if there are major moves other than the obvious ones that you guys are aware of.”


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