Sens Blueline Crowded Again

SensChirp December 17, 2013 106
Sens Blueline Crowded Again

When the Senators demoted defenceman Mark Borowiecki, along with forward Derek Grant earlier this month, it raised a few eyebrows among Sens fans.

Both Borowiecki and Grant played well during their auditions but still got caught up in a numbers game, and were ultimately sent back to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.  With the team operating on a strict internal budget, they were reluctant to carry extra players on the roster and the two way contracts of Borowiecki and Grant made them vulnerable.

The Senators may soon find themselves in a similar situation with last night’s overtime hero.

Cody Ceci has been impressive in his short audition.  Called up on an emergency basis with Cowen was suspended and Methot out with the flu, Ceci hit the ground running.  The 19 year old, who turns 20 on Saturday, has not looked out of place in his first three games.  Ceci has averaged 19:55 a game, playing more than 20 minutes in wins over the Sabres and the Blues.  Paired with veteran Chris Phillips, Ceci has quickly earned the trust of Head Coach Paul MacLean, getting ice time on both the power play and the penalty kill, as well as late in close games.

And on Monday night, he gave the hometown crowd one of the most exciting moments of the first half, as his point shot beat Brian Elliott, giving the Senators a huge overtime win over one of the league’s top teams.

While it’s too quick to pass judgement, Ceci certainly looks like he belongs at the NHL level.  You never want to rush a teenage defenceman but as long as he’s playing well and looks comfortable, he’s an asset to the team.

And that’s where things get a little tricky for the Senators.  As was the case when Borowiecki was on the roster, the team now has eight healthy defenceman on the roster.  Ceci was recalled on an emergency basis but with Cowen returning last night, the team made the recall official.  And while Bryan Murray says he’s fine carrying eight defenceman, it’s not a long term solution.  The team has explored trading Joe Corvo or Eric Gryba in the past but with limited interest.  Waivers could be another option for one of those two but to be fair, both have actually been pretty solid in their appearances so far this season.

With Mark Borowiecki, contract status was eventually the deciding factor in his demotion.  Despite playing well and providing the team with a spark, the organization’s reluctance to carry eight defenceman meant that Borowiecki was returned to Binghamton.  Cody Ceci is hoping to make it impossible for the team to send him back down any time soon.

  • -Robin Lehner gets the start in the Ottawa goal tomorrow.  MacLean indicated that Marc Methot is ready to return but that they’ll wait and see about inserting him into the line up.

  • Sensnation

    Whether Ceci stays up or not, it’s been great seeing what he has to offer at the NHL level and I look forward to him having a long career with his hometown team!

    Tough decisions for management to come, I hope they just keep the 20 players that gel best and perform the most consistently.

  • Miguel

    this is a nice problem for a team to have… what is very hard to understand is that in most NHL cities the cream will rise, and the best players will play, with the weaker players all being sent down or sat down.
    ie the laffs sent down Lilies, Komiserik, Finger, regardless of their pay and kept the better D-men up,
    Whereas in Ottawa, for many years, we will stick with a bad player, b/c he has a bad contract… well as is always the case in life, two wrongs do not make a right!
    Let our best players play! IMO

    • Hax

      Wait, you’re trying to show that Ottawa is doing something wrong by saying the leafs are doing the opposite?

      I agree in general that we shouldn’t just keep someone up due to contracts, but I’m not sure that’s the only factor at play here. Though clearly we’re not going to want to pay someone NHL money in the AHL if we can avoid it.

      So I guess if you’re just saying you wish we had money to burn then I guess I’m with you.

      • Miguel

        It is not only money to burn, if a GM coach makes the wrong assessment on a player, we should not suffer through them playing regular minutes and PP time.
        Cut you losses, and go with the best players, and you will increase you wins.
        Yes the laffs signed some stupid contracts, but kudos to them for sending them down, and not making it worse with 2 wrongs by playing them.

  • hq8

    i think a way the eight d-men could be made to be more ‘justifiable’ is by maybe resting Phillips.
    honestly though, the best thing probably is for Ceci to get some more time in Bingo.
    Gryba is still good in a shutdown role and sens should be careful with the asset management on the back end as guys like Cowen and PW46 recover to their proper forms – although in fairness, PW46 had some nervous moments last night.
    it would be interesting to see how the sens d-corps looks if PW46 solidifies second pairing role. I think Cowen has already started progress in that direction. Do the sens finally bring up Boro next season along with Ceci? what would that do to Phillips.
    my bet is that BM retains Corvo if the sens are in the playoff hunt at trade deadline time.

  • boom

    I’ve said before that I like Gryba more than most (of the other posters), but, for his sake if nothing else, they should really make an effort to trade him. He’s put his time in in the AHL and deserves a chance, in my opinion.
    I know some of you will say that he has been given a chance, and has not looked real good. For those of you, I will counter with “watch Phillips”…

    • hq8

      agreed. i think in brutal honesty and i know all the positives for Phillips (vet, 1000 gms as a senator etc. etc.) – Gryba should replace Phillips.
      I think they should eventually let Ceci back to Bingo for him to mature more and then:
      EK65-MM3
      JC2-PW46
      CP4-Gryba/Corvo rotation.
      but Ceci is going to make it hard – he brings that third puck mover that the sens really are devoid of without him. if Cowen recovers to form faster, then it could work.
      its too confusing…………

  • Hax

    Agree that there’s no massive rush here. I don’t want to see the Sens waive Gryba and possibly lose him – depth is a good thing. Now if they can get Gryba to Bingo on some sort of conditioning stint or something that would be great since I think he’s a guy who need to play to develop.

    I predict Ceci ends up going down after a few more games (same deal as Borowiecki) and then whenever we can move someone out (Corvo I’m looking at you) for SOMETHING we can bring him (or Borowiecki) back up.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I don’t know how they get him on a conditioning stint for just sitting him in the press box, but I am not up on all the workings of the waiver wire. I do agree with boom that he has paid his dues and we all know that Grybs will never clear. Do we give up on the big man or play him, we can’t continue to sit him. There is no way he can compete being asked to sit for a week at a time. He was OK v Buff ( 1st game in a while) and looked even better v L,A, Young guys need to play. Tough but good spot for the organization.

      This is worth the watch

      http://www.torontosun.com/2013/12/16/maple-leafs-fans-make-sports-illustrated-with-game-7-loss-video

      • Jacques

        Gryba will get snatched up on waivers for sure.

        • CUP 2014-15

          No Question.

  • Sandy

    Last night showed us the team the Sens can be with more consistency. Is this game finally the one that gets them on a roll.

    Played fast and hard with energy the entire 60 min.. and they can do that running with 4 lines. Seems Paul McLean uses pairings… then rotates the other winger up and down the lineup until something just clicks. I think last night… it clicked…

    Ceci is definitely offensively ready for the NHL… but he still has to develop his defensive role.

    IF the Sens keep playing the way they did last night — the wins will come and the Leafs will be left in the Sens dust.

    Interesting looking at the standings.. Both the Leafs and Sens have played 35 games… both have 15 regulation losses… AND both have the same ROW’s at 13. So the 3 more wins the Leafs have more than the Sens all came in SO for the Leafs… sooner or later than will shift the other way…

    According to Boo-boo — Melnyk & Murray are negotiating a one year contract extension. Now if Tim Murray does get the job in Buffalo… do the Sens promote Pierre Dorion to assistant GM or do they bring in a GM-in-waiting to promote to GM when Murray retires?

    • hq8

      if i were to predict- Tim Murray keeps a keen eye on the BM contract and eventually decides to stay.
      he knows this org and has had a hand in building up the Bingo roster which is now respectable.

      • Sandy

        If TM knows that BM only has a year or two left before he retires.. and TM is promised the job.. then he will stick around with PD his asst..

    • CUP 2014-15

      I am with you Sandy, love this kid but we don’t want to pull a Shenn with him like T.O. did. The kid looked great early and they ruined him.

    • sprucesens

      I disagree on one point. I saw Ceci cleaning up phillips’ defensive breakdowns more often than not last night. He got burned once or twice in LA, but those would have been nearly negligible if the goalies could have made a save. So far he has been good at both ends of the ice. Very good skater. Finishes checks, always seems to be in the right spot. Just coughed the puck up a couple times in the wrong direction during hard forchecking.

      Either way, i don’t see a problem in any scenario. While we know he is better than half the D already on the team, there isn’t a need to rush him. We have decent D that are sitting right now, and just too much line juggling going on. I bet he gets his 9 games absolute max, and gets sent down, regardless if his play tails off. Murray needs to get a trade done somehow in a 2 for 1. 1 forward and 1 D, for a slightly better forward maybe. Or the same for a better D. Clear up some room. Depth is one thing, but having players sit around with no way to get them playing, isn’t good.

      • Jacques

        Phillips was lousy the first few shifts of the second period, rest of the game he was ok.

  • hq8

    also, a lot to like about Ryan’s comments about Ceci’s first goal after game last night, especially when he said that the team hung a rookie out to dry against LA.

  • Tom P

    How can people be saying sit Corvo, or even trade him.. What else does this guy have for people to stop ragging on the poor guy, he has played very well and deserves and should be in the lineup game in and game out regardless if Ceci stays or not.

    • SensChirp

      Agreed. Attempts to trade him were during that lengthy stretch where he wasn’t playing a whole lot. He has since cemented his spot in the line up. Although as a right shot defenceman, paired with Phillips, and a power play guy- he is obviously a guy to look at as vulnerable if Ceci stays.

      • Jacques

        I don’t think Corvo has cemented anything.

        • Doc

          But Ceci has? Corvo has been really solid since he got back in the lineup. Not sure what games you’ve been watching.

          • Sensnation

            What games have YOU been watching. Seriously this fan base is not observant at all. #77 is in most highlights when the other team scores. How are you all missing this!!!

      • sprucesens

        lol, thats the kind of approach i take in nhl 13(and any year). sign a commodity player. Then use him as trade bait. Lower’s your GM rank, but in the end you gain more points with the better picks/players.

        Just funny we would sign corvo, have him play a dozen games with us, or less, and try to trade him for something. I don’t think we have a better vet on D right now. Methot is great at teaching the stay at home style, while corvo can teach offensive a little more.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Agreed Spruce, when do you think PW, CC or whomever will be able to learn from EK

          • sprucesens

            hopefully now

          • CUP 2014-15

            LOL, That is what I was thinking so it would kind of make the Corvo, vet, learning thing redundant, no?

          • sprucesens

            yeah. we just have too many bodies right now. And phillips is basically the one making it so difficult. Don’t want to get rid of him because it would be nice to have 1 career senator. But his play has dropped significantly. Don’t want to re sign him for team purposes, but he doesn’t want to retire. what to do…

          • CUP 2014-15

            Tough choice. I have always liked the big rigs game. Nothing fancy, just stay at home solid D. Hell if you remember he played for a bit on the wing in his rookie year He is also able to raise his game in the post season. What is the right direction? would he sign for 2m for one year and be a 7th? would the team be willing to do this ? It’s going to be fun to watch this play out.

          • sprucesens

            i don’t know. doesn’t seem like he would want to be a 7th. And i doubt he would take less than he is currently making. Yes his game is simple, but he’s tried to complicate it too much lately with poor judgement on passes and handling the puck. Hopefully he improves if he is going to stick around. I can’t see him playing anywhere else

          • CUP 2014-15

            I think he’s a 6/7 at this point and as long as the team makes him an offer that is respectful of his ability and his status as a lifetime Sen I will be happy, then he can stay or go. This team can’t take on to much salary for a guy who’s career is heading south. Keep him don’t over pay for it.

      • Godless_Lawyer

        Frankly if there’s a chance to get something of value for Ceci or Gryba, how can the team not look at it?
        I think Corvo’s recent play makes him very hard to remove from the lineup, but you have to remember that he was brought in as a stopgap 7th D and if you can get an asset for him, we’d be foolish not to look at it.
        Gryba has been on the bubble. Personally I think he’s serviceable enough that you don’t want to lose him for nothing and I don’t really get how he seems to have so many ardent supporters on one hand and ardent detractors on the other. Seems everyone either thinks he’s the problem or the solution.
        Strangely, Defence is both an organizational strength and an organizational weakness. We’ve got lots coming down the pipe on the one hand and not enough now on the other.
        If we could trade Joe Corvo to a team that needs more offence from its back end in return for a reliable veteran defender with a more defence oriented game, I think that would be a win (possibly even a win win). I just don’t know where you look to find that trade right now.

    • Luc Wolfe

      he’s been steady since the beginning. i think the fans that wants him out is because he left the city before… but a lot of that was due to our idiotic media.

    • senate19

      I have to agree with you, I think Corvo’s been great. As much as I’d like to see Ceci promoted, Corvo’s more of a proven commodity.

    • Sensnation

      Tookie, Corvo has been the guy directly responsible for not playing the body on a goal in just about every game over the last 2 weeks.

      This guy gets crapped on because he deserves it. He rarely plays the body and is very weak defensively. Sure the offensive points have been nice, but defensively he has been one of the worst on the team. I can’t believe more people don’t see this. Go back and look at the goals against the last few games, you’ll see Corvo was the guy that didn’t take the scorer strong enough for at least 1 goal a game!

      #77 is always slightly late or out of position defensively, that’s what it comes down to.

  • Sandy

    Interesting comment I saw on facebook re: Chris Phillips:

    ” Well, last night he was +3. He has a goal and 10 assists, 68 hits and 53 blocked shots. The most points he’s ever put up in one season is 26. With 11 points in 34 games he is on pace to break that record. Go Big Rig Goooo!!!

  • Jacques

    If it becomes a numbers game, I think you’ll see Corvo waved.Ceci can play the Corvo role and you keep Gryba when you need some muscle.

    Cowen-Karlsson
    Methot-Ceci

    • Jacques

      Gryba did enough last year in my opinion to be playing this year. eventually a third pairing of Wiorcioch and Gryba would be ideal. Philly 4 being our 7th guy. Gryba should be getting ice, he was solid with Methot last year. And he’s a plus player this year,that’s fine for a 6th d-man, plus he hits hard.

      • CUP 2014-15

        No Question, could not agree more and I don’t think you can have enough toughness on the backend. Interesting you would line Gryba up with PW. If Cowen plays with CC and EK with MM that is three R, L Combos. I still think they will have to choose between PW and BORO as I know some will think I am nuts but four D men that can actually play D is a better option, IMO. and lets not forget Boro and Gryba played together in Bingo. That would also be a R,L combo and would be one nasty pair at 5,6.

        • sprucesens

          yeah, i think PW could be the odd man out, hence his playing time to show case him a bit. I think they like gryba as the 6th or 7th D. Might be nice to keep him as the 3rd pairing puck mover though. Tough call. PW would fetch more in a trade i think. At least recoup the 2nd rounder.

          • CUP 2014-15

            He is our best asset for a deal, if he was a right shot he would be gold on the market.

        • Jacques

          I just like a puck mover on each pair. I think it’s a must nowadays.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I get that, just not sure it’s possible to have a good PK unless one of those three is like drew doughty. Also with the size of wingers in this league these days, how many O D men can handle them down low. Not sold on it one way or the other, just think we could get to much flash and dash and not enough bang and crash. Just a thought.

          • Jacques

            Well the 3 bangers would be Cowen, Methot, and Gryba not too shabby.

          • sens23

            i think you mean cowen, methot, borowiecki as soon as next year.

          • Tooks

            Obviously having a top 4 that can move the puck and be physical is ideal. like most elite teams.. CHI, LA, STL, ANA, SJ.

  • Sandy

    Find some interesting tidbits on Facebook:

    “Sens prospect Mikael Vikstrand has just been traded to Frolunda ( Karlsson, Lundqvist, and Alf all played there). He wanted to stay in the SEL2, but his skill was too high for that league and his team is in a financial problem currently to my understanding, this is huge for his development. Guy has alot of comparisons to Oliver Ekman Larsson”
    Gee… would be nice if he’s a diamond in the rough..

    • sprucesens

      yeah, I had always included him in our top D prospects that have a high potential. Long term, I don’t know if there will be a spot on the sens for him. He could certainly pair up with claesson as the 3rd pairing in the future, leaving PW, Gryba, Phillips, Boro without spots. But if you have that many stud D’s its a good thing.(not calling the above 4 studs)
      also, this is assumed, methot, karlsson, Cowen, and Ceci are the top 4. Don’t hear much of Wikstrand when prospects are talked about, on here, or anywhere on the web.

    • MoeDozer

      i believe he is too old for the WJC unfortunately or else he would have been a lock. he did have 8points in 15 games last year with them.

      hope to see him have a solid finish to this year then join bingo next year or the year after that. definitely a long term project that i expect to see fully developed by the time he makes the transition to the AHL/NHL

  • luckan20

    I doubt Ceci will last more than 8 games. Only way he is staying whole season, if BM finds a home for Gryba or Corvo. I will not give up on Gryba yet. We night need his services the 7th guy next season. Also, he is not as most posters feel. He has been solid last year and even with limited ice time his performances has been good.

    Our depth chart in defense will look like …..Karlson, Methot, Cowen, Ceci, Wiercioch, Borowiecki, Gryba and Claesson.

    May be Wideman and Sdao too.

  • lbernier

    Methot-Karlsson
    Cowen-Corvo
    Phillips-Ceci

    that should be our top 6 tomorrow night! Period end of story! The best should play!

    • sprucesens

      How about this

      Cowen-Karlsson
      Methot-Ceci
      Phillips-Corvo

      still get a vet with Ceci, and more playing time for methot, and more importantly, less for phillips

      • lbernier

        Phillips and Ceci playing together is locked they both compliment each other so well, they played well together and have some chemestry already, i said before Phillips looks so much better like when he played with Volchenkov back in the old days

        • Tooks

          Yes that is cuz Ceci does all the puck moving, the less Phillips touches the puck the better.

  • Sandy

    Have been flipping around the various hockey games tonight but missed what happened in Detroit. Alfie got a 10 min penalty and a game misconduct.. Anyone know what happened?

  • Sandy

    Could be a good night for the Sens and they are not even playing. Now it’s early in all of the games.. BUT Tor is losing, Mtl is losing, Det is losing, Tampa is losing… The only team above the Sens in the standings that is winning right now is Boston…

  • Floridasensfan

    Great game really enjoyed it, if we can keep playing like that we have no problems at all.
    It is a rough year to be trading players when this year was brutal to buyouts and waived players due to the cap.
    Some players could get moved at the deadline Michalek Phillips Corvo, they could bring some nice picks, BM had the balls to move Fisher the question is does he have the balls to move Phillips.

    • Richard Gough

      I think he does and I feel he will if they are out of the play off

  • SensChirp

    Ugly performances from Toronto and Detroit tonight. The door is wide open. Time for the Senators to make a move in the standings!

    • sprucesens

      yay

    • Sandy

      Tor losing to Fla. and the Sens have Fla 2nd game of back to back. Is Tor playing that badly or is Fla turning it around?
      Det is missing, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, now Franson, De Keyser, Helm (I believe).. they are hurting.. Now Alfie out of the game. His penalty and game ejection was at the same time in the game as a boarding major by Jurco..

      • CUP 2014-15

        The cats are turning it around 5 and 1 in last 6 under new coach

        • Sandy

          Pretty impressive… Let’s hope that stops on Thurs. Going to the game and would really like to see a win. I’ve seen too many losses the last little while..

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am going as well and this team needs the support of a loud crowd. Your right too many bad nights/afternoon at the home barn.

          • Tooks

            Not sure 13,000 can make it loud, lol. Gonna be alot of empty seats.

      • Sandy

        Correction… was going by the score and details on TSN that said Alfie was out of the game… But that’s wrong.. It was Quincy who got the game… Alfie is still playing… Someone on TSN better get their act together…

    • Aaron 2.0

      Watching a few minutes of the FLA vs. TOR game here and there. TOR is really giving us a chance. They look terrible defensively. Phaneuf having a bad game tonight. But, we better not take these low-to-mid tier teams for granted in our next few games. Anybody can beat anybody in this league if you don’t show up Hopefully, our boys have learnt that this year.

      • Sandy

        If those teams that are losing do lose the games.. then maybe that will motivate the Sens and they can get wins in the next couple of games…

      • CUP 2014-15

        If we take anyone for granted we deserve to get beat. Need to see a lot more of the Sens we saw last night.

      • aegiszx

        Honestly agree, I think with the way things went last year, these Sens went from pesky to maybe growing a bit of an ego. Who wouldnt when you defied the odds all year (Andy getting vezina tracking, Karl reigning Norris, Methot considered for team canada)? I think with an inflated ego, these guys thought they could just walk through the league again… but instead of playing like a team, they were playing individually… Hopefully this month was a turning point…

  • Sandy

    Hey.. Cody Ceci was 3rd star of the night by NHL.com

  • SenaTHOR

    As #62 is an Rfa, is there any way he can become a ufa by arbitration etc.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Yes if he wins arbitration hearing the team has to pay up or he walks ufa

      • SenaTHOR

        So why not waive him?

        • CUP 2014-15

          no way he makes it through waivers, he will be claimed 100%. Right handed D are hard to find, The leafs would take him in a hart beat if he made it that far, not to mention he gets lost in the shuffle with all the good D we have. He wore an A when Boston won the frozen four, he was part of the Bingo team that won. All this guy does is win everywhere he goes or the A on his sweater was a blip and he;s just a lucky dog. Your guess is as good as mine.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    I’m happy for Ceci and see big things for him down the road. Some here are going a bit crazy IMO. You’re not going to dump a vet in exchange to keep a teen with 3 games under his belt in the 3rd pairing. You’re also not going to promote him to the 2nd pairing after 3 games.

    Not Ceci bashing…just being realistic.

    • aegiszx

      No worries… Seen it allllll too many times… “Regin is goin to be a stud”, “LeClaire is going to take us to the promised land”, “Pageau is a lock for a top 6 role”, yada yada yada…

      Let the coaches do their thing, they’re the ones that see these guys 24/7 and know them (STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES/MATURITY LEVEL) way better than some SC posters lol

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Trust the guys on the inside.

    • Sensnation

      You may want to have a discussion with the coach because Ceci played 3rd most minutes among D last game, and in his first game, so the coach has no problem playing him like a 2nd pairing D if he’s having a good game. It’ll be interesting to see what happens now that Methot is healthy, but he could easily line up as 4th most minutes on the team if he stays up. The minutes are there for the taking!

      So I guess realistic is assuming he’s only playing 10-15 minutes a game as a 3rd pairing D so far?

      • Randy Cunneyworth

        I figure if he is logging that many minutes in the NHL now and critical minutes on PP and PK, what is the point in sending him down? Let him stay up and make his mistakes in the NHL this year instead of next!

  • Jacques

    Funny to see the roster playing out for the US junior team. I see our6th rounder Quentin Shore on the 3rd line and montreal’s first rounder mcCarron is nowhere to be seen(is he injured?). Shore looks to be another gamer a real character guy. Nice pick it seems.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Leafs lose, wings about to lose….bad news is T Bay scores to tie with 6 sec left and MTL. Tied it up early third.

    • Aaron 2.0

      The things that really makes me believe we can over-take the leafs is that 4 of their 17 wins are via SO. They actually only have 13 ROW (tied with us, although we have a game in hand now). Their winning percentage is inflated by the SO.

      • Sandy

        Exactly. How much better are the Leafs if they are 3 pts up on the Sens… those 3 in SO wins… when the Sens struggled so bad in Oct/Nov..

    • Sandy

      I hate those little smurfs… and Tampa is becoming a pain in the ass.
      The Sens probably lost the Bishop trade.. but they sure as hell won the Turris trade.

      • roon42 .

        Sens had to make that Bishop trade though, Lehner would not be alright with playing in the minors another year. Would have been nice to send Bishop to the western conference though. Also sens hugely won that Methot trade.

        • spezzerman

          A trade had to be made or Bishop would have been lost to free agency int the summer. Two teams made offers; they had a choice between Conacher and Ryan Jones from Edmonton. I’d have done the same thing. Basically the same player but Conacher has the offensive upside.

      • MikeS

        It was either trade Bishop or Lehner because they were not going to trade Andy during the playoff run……O how I wish they traded Andy :(

  • iKarly65

    I don’t really see a problem on D. One guy that likely sits is PW46, and I like him.

    But as I see it, this is a good line-up:

    Methot-Karlsson
    Phillips-Ceci
    Cowen-Corvo

    • Hax

      Yeah that makes sense since Corvo has played fairly well and Wiercioch has been up and down a bit. Might see those bottom two pairings get about equal ice time with Karlsson taking as much as he can handle. Depending on how healthy Methot is he might see Cowen take some of his shifts (if his energy is not yet 100%).

      • iKarly65

        Karlsson, Ceci and Corvo should all see significant time, especially on the PP. Ceci, Cowen, Phillips and Methot will see PK time.

        Leaves one more guy for the PP – probably Cowen/Phillips, unless they put an extra forward out there (Pageau?)

        • Hax

          I liked when they had Turris at the point.

          MacArthur-Spezza-Ryan
          Karlsson-Turris

          Michalek-Zibanejad-Conacher
          Ceici-Corvo

          • Tooks

            I like this and hope they do just that.

          • iKarly65

            only negative is that’s 4 right hand shots on the point.

          • Hax

            Fair point – which I guess explains why MacLean likes Phillips in there so much.

    • MikeS

      The one reason i like having PW in the lineup is I think he makes our pp more dangerous with a right/left D on the point. Mind you they seem to prefer phillips there anyways

  • RUSH RLZ

    Ahhh the putrid Leafs… 3 and 10 in their last 13 games. The Choke Fairy comes early this year! Can’t wait to watch the suffering on 24/7 and the struggles of Alfie and the shitty Redwings too!

    God willing we can be ahead of Toronto and just one point back of Detroit by Friday morning. What a glorious time that would be!

    • Doc

      Blue Team Elimination Watch!

      Ceeeeelebrate good times, come on!!

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I agree Ceci has played well enough to stay, but why put yourself into a situation you can avoid, by just letting him know he’s played stellar in his audition and it’s time to go back to Bingo and run the D show and continue to max out all the minutes handed to him. Yes he would look great in Ottawa all year, but if we can’t move anyone else, without a chance of losing them, why take the chance?

    To me, I just doesn’t make sense to put the team in that type of situation, which is why I think it’s obvious he will eventually head back to the A. It’s not a knock against you Ceci, it’s part of the system. And honestly I think he’ll be ok with that.

    • RUSH RLZ

      I agree with what you are saying, and trust the coaches to determine what is best for his long term development. That being said Murray is master of working the phones early around this time of year and we can all but guarantee there will be some moves in the next 4 weeks. The question is whether or not that will open up any room on our blue line.

      • Hax

        Don’t hold your breath. Murray’s only made one transaction in December (Rundblad and a second for Turris, Dec 17th 2011) while GM of the Sens. And no moves in January. Might not be until February before he can move someone out.

    • son of a Diefenbaker

      The Binghamton coach played a lot of seasons as an NHL defenseman.
      He still has much to teach a rising talent.
      CC05 spending chunks of the rest of this season in the AHL can’t
      be a bad thing for the long term.

  • MikeS

    Methot is a healthy scratch tonight…

    • Sensnation

      He had a few tough games there before being sick, but really it’s all about going with the winning lineup right now and I can support that!

  • Hax
  • NickofTime

    I’ve mentioned it several times this yr that I wanted Corvo placed on waivers & Ceci brought up to replace him but I think now it will only happen either after the trade deadline if Corvo is dealt or next season. While no one thinks Corvo will be re-signed for next season the question remains what to do with Phillips? BM has four defencemen signed for next yr (Karlsson, Methot, Cowen & Wiercioch) plus Boroweicki is on a one way next yr & Gryba is an RFA who I think will be re-signed because he is a right shot.

    I also think that Ceci will be the guy next yr that goes up & down to Bingo depending on how he plays in Ottawa. That’s 7 defencemen right there which means they don’t need Phillips. I would consider signing Phillips as a player/coach who you have around if there are a number of injuries to the defence but Phillips seems to think he can play a few more yrs. Personally, I wouldn’t re-sign him & would stick with the young defencemen who I think are good enough & will continue to improve & some day this will be a very good defence group for Ottawa. Methot & Karlsson, Cowen & Ceci, Wiercioch & Gryba, & Boroweicki as an extra will be a very good defence group going forward. Then again BM could pull off a trade with someone & include a defenceman to make room. At least now more people can see that we don’t need to trade for a defencemen as I have been saying all yr, we have a pretty damn good one in Ceci & he will only get better.