Afternoon Struggles Continue- Highlights

SensChirp January 26, 2014 89
Afternoon Struggles Continue- Highlights

-We’ll start with some bad news- the Ottawa Senators still have six afternoon games left this season including games that start at 5:00 PM and earlier.  Five of those games come in the month of March.  Paul MacLean and his team have to find a way to break this afternoon curse or it actually could end up costing them a playoff spot.

-The good news is despite a disappointing and ugly loss in Carolina, the Senators actually didn’t lose too much ground in their push for a playoff spot.  Montreal lost huge on home ice, the Leafs picked up just a single point in Winnipeg and miraculously, the Sabres managed to beat the red hot Blue Jackets in Columbus.  In the end it’s obviously a missed opportunity for the Senators but it certainly could have been a lot worse.  Tuesday’s game against Columbus will be huge.

-Robin Lehner struggled badly yesterday but to his credit, he took full responsibility for the loss.  While defensive miscues certainly didn’t help Ottawa’s cause, Lehner would have loved to have two or three of those goals back.  Craig Anderson looked pretty sharp in relief and will certainly be back in the net on Tuesday night.

-A whole lot of bad to take away from this game but if you’re looking for positives- the duo of Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur continued to click.  Turris scored twice, including a pretty shorthanded goal late in the second period. Bobby Ryan was actually taken off that line for a few shifts as MacLean tried to get him going.  Ryan hasn’t looked great the last 8-10 games and is starting to show some signs of fatigue.  Disappointing that he wasn’t able to crack Team USA but that time off should be good for him.

  • Michenator

    I guess it’s time to maybe reunite Ryan with Spez? Maybe throw Conacher on with KT and CM? I don’t know but we need to start skating hard again and we also need to get a bit of goal tending…

  • Floridasensfan

    Well what a feed from MacArthur to Turris, We played like crap the first half and are now behind the 8 ball so to speak, Lehner was not on his game for sure but a few of those goals he had zero help.
    Tossing around getting a Turris Jersey

  • T K

    I, for one, am overjoyed that so many Sens will get some rest during the short Olympic break.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Me too. I just hope we keep pace with the rest of the pack until the break.

  • Top Shelf

    Any news on when Stone might be getting back into the line up?

    • Sandy

      TSN IceChips shows him week to week with an upper body injury.. Don’t know what it is, but I hope it’s not a shoulder..

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Gotta love Lehner… He was Essentially hung out to dry the whole game and basically accepts the blame to deflect from the actual issue…. Horrible D.

    Every game he plays I love him more and hope to hell that next year he is our full time starter.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah he was hung out to dry for a few of those goals but man he was pretty brutal himself. Can’t blame him when he’s only playing once every 3 weeks. I’m not sure Murray has seen enough out of him to hand over the crease to him full time next season though.

      If Lehner is the starter next year that means Anderson will be shipped out which I’m okay with. I just hope that if that’s the case, that Murray brings in an extremely competent back-up.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Yeah, I by no means am giving him a glowing review… Just essentially saying it wouldn’t have made a difference who was in net, and hard to stay on task when you are on the bench for extended periods.

        Ryan…. Dunno what to say, doesn’t seem to be the same player as he was when he got here.

  • FistsofNeil25

    That was an extremely disappointing loss yesterday afternoon. As you said Chirp, it could have been worse, but dropping those two points to the Canes was a major opportunity missed. Not only would we have put a bit of separation between us and them, we also would have gained some ground on both Montreal and Toronto. It would have been great to see us make a move closer to taking that 3rd spot in the division.

  • Son of a Diefenbaker

    Hockey players are creatures of habit.
    Playing games in the evening is what they’ve done ALL of their career.

    Their absurd amount of afternoon games is gong to cost the Ottawa
    a playoff spot.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Don’t like to blame things.. M but this is completely true

      • FistsofNeil25

        Afternoon games and in inability to perform in shootouts will be our demise this year. No excuses though. They have to be able to perform under all circumstances if they’re going to be worthy of a playoff spot.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Exactly. The teams beating the Sens don’t seem to have any problems with afternoon games or the SO.

          • Jacques

            Good point, shouldn’t bean excuse!

          • Son of a Diefenbaker

            Except that they only play 1 or 2 a season.
            Ottawa players are constantly having their routine disrupted.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Excuses, excuses. They should be used to it by now. I don’t see any good reason for why they stink at afternoon games.

        • FBP

          If we do miss the playoffs I see us signing a ‘no-one-saw-it-coming’ winger with a great shoot out scoring percentage come July.

          • Son of a Diefenbaker

            No decent free agent will come to a team that plays so many afternoon games

  • FistsofNeil25

    Chirp, if Ryan is indeed fatigued after only 52 games, is this a guy we want to build around? Is he someone that could handle the pace and grind of playoff hockey? I’m not so sure anymore. I was extremely excited when we acquired him, but I haven’t exactly been thrilled with his game.

    If both the Sens and Ryan are interested in a contract extension, which I’m not sure either side is, what kind of money and term do you guys believe he is worth? To be honest, I don’t think he’s worth much more than he’s making today.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      If we want him he will be approaching Kessel money… Don’t necessarily think either guy is worth that much… But it appears to be the way things are going

      • FistsofNeil25

        I was waiting for someone to say that. I don’t think Kessel is quite worth 8 million per season, but I think he’s worth a lot more than Ryan. Kessel has game breaking speed and he’s a slightly better goal scorer than Ryan. He has the ability to take over a game while both players have a tendency to disappear for stretches.

        • TookieIs100PercentRight

          What? Kessel has been outscored over the past 2-3 seasons by only one or two players and he’s consistently in the top 10 scorers of the league. You’re not getting that for 5 million a year. Ryan is worth 6-7 million, 5 is low for a player like that.

    • runningbear1974

      I’ve been extra thrilled by his play… He generates opportunity after opportunity… He hits, passes, shoots… Gets into the middle of the action, backchecks, scores on breakaways… He complements his linemates…
      His only weakness is he falls down, not quite the smoothest skater…
      Great personable guy…
      I would pay big money to keep him… Hopefully 6 million, but 8 million if need be…

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Spezza needs wingers… We give him MM9 and zbad and he goes back to his old habits that are killing the team. Keep him with grinders and don’t destroy the chemistry of the club cause of him. Phillips and Spezza on the ice at the same time is a nightmare.
    Lehner laid an egg, it happens but what a bad match to lay that egg.

    On the plus side, Turris line did great yet again, Ryan is obviously affected that he wasn’t picked for team USA. I don’t think putting him with Spezza will help him out, he has good chemistry with Turris so he will snap out of it. He does seem hurt though!

    Now spezza take a few days off to rest your back, infact take the whole season off it will help you out and the club to. After all a captain does what’s best for his club right ?

    Won’t happen though, he played well the last two games before the canes till we gave him better wingers.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Utter nonsense. This team is not better with Spezza sitting.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        No… But this team may be better with the pieces we gain from moving him.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Agreed.

        • Jacques

          Happy to see people coming around to this type of thinking. The Sens game slows down too too much when 19 is out there, and defensively P.U.!!!!

          • bluebuyyoo

            What kind of thinking? Advocating sitting Spezza just because someone thinks it will help the club? Trading Spezza?

            Sitting Spezza because you hate him is wrong. This team is not better with Spezza sitting out.

            Trading him for useful pieces makes much more sense as long as the return is worth it. Advocating a trade just to get rid of him regardless of the return is short-sighted.

            There is a time and place for everything. Spezza will not be traded any time soon. Murray’s best return will always be when GMs are likely to overpay. Trade deadline, draft day and free agency are the usual dates.

          • Jacques

            The team is better without him, but let’s keep getting shelled and you’ll start seeing that 20 minutes a night of short handed hockey(cuz that’s what you are when he’s out there), and you’ll start agreeing.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Come on Jacques. Unless you are trolling, this statement takes your hatred of Spezza to a new level.

          • SenaTHOR

            Everybody including Spezza knows that he’s struggling. This is where good coaching and extra practice comes in. Spezza needs to be busting his ass doing what it takes to regularly contribute. He obviously feels he’s underachieving.

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    Like Chirp says Ottawa are lucky the other team struggle while we were a no show. Columbus is our next game and the Blue Jackets will play the night before, We can’t let that one slipped away.

    I don’t like trade at the deadline itself, since you lose valuable time of building chemistry.

  • CUP 2014-15

    What is going on with Bobby? Pierre McGuire praised Ottawa for the trade and said his down year last season was due to an infection he came into while travelling in the summer of 2012. It caused him to loose energy and was fatigued. Can this still be an issue? Hard to say but where is that player finishing his checks ( something I didn’t know he had in his game) The player fighting through traffic to get open? Does it have to do with team USA? What ever it is, the team and Bobby need to get it straight fast, we need him at his best.
    Yesterday’s game was on Lehner, plain and simple. He can’t let that first one in but what the hell the team has seen that before, the second one is a goal so 2-0, well we’ve been here far to often but it’s not over. The third one again lets give Robin the benefit, hell he had no chance on the fourth but he has been letting out rebounds all game and was off his angles. The team fights back to 4-2 still time left in the second and then he lets in a crap goal to Nash and it’s 5-2. Great thing about Robin, he stepped up and took responsibility.
    Got some help yesterday, thank you Tim and Buff. Need two points on Tuesday. GO SENS GO.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I’m dealing with a soft tissue infection (been on iv antibiotics for two weeks tomorrow), honestly if he had something similar I am amazed he was able to even play through it. I’ve been taking 3 different pain killers on a rotation about one an hour. It is absolutely brutal

      So if it were something along those lines, I have little to no doubt it’s still possible bothering him. Hell my Dr said depending on the severity it may never be 100% better

      • CUP 2014-15

        Sorry to hear about that Tcharger. I am passing a kidney stone and as much pain as it is at least when it passes its gone. I don’t know anything about his infection but if that is what it is, I hope they have an answer. Our team needs him at his best.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Yikes..you guys are in rough shape lol get well soon!

          • CUP 2014-15

            Thanks man, the one good thing is that the Doctor told me that beer consumption would help me make more trips to the can and and help the stone move through, that is a good thing !….Doing my best to drink as many ales as possible..LOL

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Drink a few for me… My Dr explicitly said that the main pain meds am taking are not ones to ignore the alcohol warning

          • CUP 2014-15

            Pop, clug, clug, clug, ahhhh. That one is for you man. Hope you have some good meds, too many Dr’s these days scared to give good meds.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Dilaudid (main one), percocet, and some other anti-inflammatory thing.

            Apparently the Dilaudid is the second strongest that they regularly prescribe for unsupervised usage. Still two weeks later it’s only taking the edge off, not eliminating pain.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am on Perc’s the Dilauded is preety strong stuff loaded with morphine. I don’t mind Perc’s but the Dilauded just put me in a bad state when I was on them back couple years ago. Maybe we can get Bobby some uppers.

          • Jacques

            Haha, good luck CUP!

  • Anthony Pugliese

    If you’re going to put Ryan with Spezza… Then have Michalek with them and put Zibanejad as a winger with Turris and MacArthur, then u can finish off Conacher Dacosta Condra, and Greening Smith Neil

    As for defence boy would it be nice to trade/acquire one more competent D so Cowen and Phillips can move down the depth chart Cowen should not be top 2 and Phillips shouldn’t be debatable top 4

    Karlsson acquisition

    Methot ceci

    Cowen Phillips or Gryba

    • FistsofNeil25

      Not sure why anyone insists on seeing Greening-Smith-Neil as a line. Nothing against the players themselves but as a unit they aren’t great, even as a fourth line they’re pretty bad. Smith deserves better.

      They should demote Da Costa already. He’s nowhere close to being an NHL level player. Corey Locke 2.0

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I’ve never been a Smith fan until this year…. This year he has been a stud(for what is expected of him)… Neil is becoming a different player, and if he isn’t the hard hitting, shit kicking guy, I am not really sure that he brings enough to the table to have a consistent spot on the team.

        Greening I’m starting to think needs another extended run with Spezza, they both did decently the year that they were paired

        • FistsofNeil25

          Same on Smith. Couldn’t stand the guy in the past but I love the progress he’s shown this season. I’d love to see what he could do with better wingers. Playing regularly with Greening and Neil must be a drag. Neither player can do anything with the puck.

          I love Neiler but he’s definitely been overused this year. He should be more in the 9-10 minute per game range. I still think he serves a purpose on the team, but I don’t think he is a difference maker in the win/loss columns.

          I don’t even want to get started on Greening. There isn’t much in his game that I like. He would be the first player on the roster that I would replace. His contract extension is disgusting. Three years @ 2.65 million per year is atrocious. He’s a waste of a roster spot.

          • Anthony Pugliese

            I think Neil and greening are bums, Neil especially but it always seems like everyone loves him so not to start a crazy war of anger I just kept that line all together, but I do agree smith deserves better he is a better player then most think

          • Anthony Pugliese

            Oh and I’m sure da costa will be demoted again once stone comes back, maybe then smith can move up abit and play with more possession type players like condra! Haha

  • Sens613

    Well put Chirp. On Lehner for the loss and the amazing chemistry kt and cm have(what a shorty).

    Anyone else notice methot? First game back from injury and discipline and I figured I might of seen a little more jump in play but no such luck.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Meth didn’t play very well that’s for sure.

      • Sandy

        Other than a very few… who else played very well…. Answer… none..

  • bpa

    Happy thought.
    Not a trade per se, but Alfie has 11 goals, 31 points, +5, 1 GWG; MacArthur has 18 goals, 41 points, +12 and 5 GWG. Not to mention salary hit (too lazy to look it up).
    Yes, I know you can’t measure intangibles like leadership, and who they play with, etc, and miss Alfie, but very happy with exchange.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Thrilled with MacArthur. Him and Turris have been our best two forwards by far this season. On Alfie though, he’s only played 39 of Detroit’s 51 games. I’d still take him over every other forward on the team not named Turris or MacArthur. In fact, I can only imagine how amazing a line with those two and Alfie would be.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Not sure I’d take him over anyone…. Well obviously some, but imagine the fans had we resigned him and he only played half the games?!? People would be calling for Murrays head and saying they shouldn’t have resigned an old guy

      • CUP 2014-15

        DAMN YOU!!!!!!! You had to say it didn’t you. Yes that line would be stupid good.

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    Alright this is what my Senators’ team would looked like.

    Eberle Spezza Moulsson
    MacArthur Turris Ryan
    Conacher Zibanejad Michalek
    Greening Condra Neil
    Kassian

    Methot Karlsson
    Wiercoch Ceci
    Corvo Gryba
    Boroweiki

    Anderson
    Lehner

    Cowen+ (pick/prospect) traded for Eberle
    Stone + prospects traded for Moulsson
    Phillips for a pick

    I didn’t like Cowen by not showing up for training camp, he wanted to get more money he came in the season all upside down, and has not deliver in my opinion. We drafted him as an injured player. ( I got bashed yesterday for possibility to trade him but I don’t like how he got himself started the season, he’s playing better then the beginning of the season but man i’m still not overly impressed. The goal that bounced of him vs MTL could of happen to anyone, that has nothing to do with the way i feel about the player. I think if he players closer to home it might give him a big boss in his NHL career)

    Phillips career in Ottawa might come to a closer, so if he wants to win a cup why not ship him to a contender. I like the guy a lot (one of my favourite sens, but i personally think he lost a step)

    Stone, I don’t want to let him go but we might have no other choice to be able to get players coming our way.

    Zibanejad, I really don’t want the organisation to get rid of this kid that’s full of potential

    MacArthur. take that Toronto! Enjoy Clarksson all you want!

    Turris, My father in law hate him, says he’s to small, I’d like him since he came over, I only feel bad for Runblad he seemed to have so much potential before being dealt.

    Conacher and Condra, Both good player, sad about Cory that he’s not a bigger player cause he was be even better. Condra does a good job. I see them leave in a package deal.

    Ryan’s will get his act together sooner then later.

    Da Costa, The guy has some potential and I think he might have a career in the NHL, i’d like to see him able to score a few before being sent down

    Corvo is good for the money and a good asset to trade closer to the deadline. At 900 k, even though sometimes he makes you want to punch him, he’s still has more positive then negative.

    Ceci is currently playing well, if he plays not so well next year just remember he has a lot to learn. But he has really impressed me.

    Karlsson. I’m just happy I don’t have Subban!

    Anderson, Rough start and still struggles but if we make the playoffs its a whole new season.

    Lehner, the kid is still young, I see him winning the cup one day.

    Montreal, I used to be a Habs fan once very young before I notice ottawa was much closer and the trade that sent Roy to Colorado, Now i dislike them as much as the Maple Leafs.

    • roon42 .

      I like everything you just said.

  • Andersonfan41

    Just wondering a gerneral qeustion will the
    Senators end making the playoffs?
    Seeing how close the east is at the moment
    for the wildcard spots and division!

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Realistically i don’t think we will… Consistency in just about every facet of the word will be our undoing.

      As a fan…. Still tonnes of games, way too early to decide

    • Aaron 2.0

      The playoff spots are certainly there for the taking for any team between 5 and 13. I have to stick with my original prediction at the 20 game mark though. We have a lot of great pieces moving forward, but we also have a lot of dead weight on the team right now. I still think we miss. Obviously, I hope i’m wrong.

  • Sandy

    That was probably the worst game by Lehner in a Sens uniform.. Good on him to own up and not make excuses.
    He plays a good game in Minny with a shutout and gets to sit for 4 or 5 games or more.. Andy just keeps playing. Maybe getting Lehner in more games would benefit him..

  • Sandy

    Shane Prince with a natural hattrick in the first period in today’s B-Sens game..
    How many here are going to the Feb 8th game at CTC with the B-Sens?

    • sprucesens

      right on prince!

    • Jacques

      Those were the baby sens first 3 shots of the Game. BSens had only 4 shots in the first period. Prince had only those 3 shots all game. Awesome stuff.

  • Roar…

    If I had to guess Ottawa’s best option once Stone returns…..

    Forwards:
    MacArthur-Turris-Stone (Dominance / Who better to get Stone going)
    Conacher-Zibanejad-Ryan (Secondary Scoring & Further Possession)
    Michalek-Spezza-Condra (Defensive insulation – Spezza PP and less ES minutes)
    Greening-Smith-Neil (Better defensively if we swap Neil for Pageau/Grant)

    Defense:
    Karlsson – Wiercioch
    Methot – Ceci
    X – Cowen

    X = Rotation of Phillips/Corvo/Gryba, ideally it would be Claesson or Boro but I don’t see it happening with the way this organization is gripping the purse strings.

    • sprucesens

      I love that line up. Never thought of putting stone there, as he’s too new now and was looking good on spezza’s wing. I think i’d prefer greening and condra switching spots too. I mentioned the other day that we should experiment with ryan on zib’s wing. Really like the ideas of that lineup though. Gets us finally rolling 3 scoring lines. Would still like one of condra or greening replaced with puemple or prince or hoffman. Someone who has more scoring ability, and isn’t a defensive nightmare.

      Don’t know about wiercioch on the top line. how about…

      Methot-Karlsson
      Gryba-Ceci
      Phillips/Cowen/PW/Corvo

      2 weeks until trade freeze for olympics. I expect to see at least a minor move coming. Even if its just corvo gone, since we don’t seem to be playing him anymore. Would love to see claesson earn a spot next year. Would have to be phillips gone, and of course corvo.

    • Jacques

      Gryba right handed shot with Cowen, but hell Cowen needs as much insulation as Spezza these days!

    • SenaTHOR

      Karlsson Wiercioch? That absolutely laughable. That makes no sense at all. Neither play good own zone defense.

      • runningbear1974

        Right… But, they can’t keep getting away with that… Both those guys have to improve their defensive zone play… Stop covering up their shortcomings, force them to be accountable, and to adjust their game… They’ll be better players, we’ll be better team…

        Can’t have 10-20 years of 1-dimensional players….

      • Roar…

        If you legitimately think Karlsson doesn’t play well defensively there isn’t much point conversing with you. When he is on the ice the team has the puck far more than when he’s not. The same is true with Wier.

        The best defense is having the puck in the other end of the rink. If you want to live in a fantasy land where Eric Gryba is a better hockey player in an NHL top 4 be my guest. Team won’t win anything as long as that’s where he’s playing.

        Wier is easily a top 4 guy on this team as it stands today. The reason to pair him with Karlsson is actually simple. Karlsson is the best D on the team (in both his own zone and the other teams). He will help carry Wier. Just the same way he’s carrying around Jared Cowen. The fact that you obviously don’t realize Karlsson carries around whoever he plays with (all players have better all around game stats with him than without him, usually by a substantial margin – see –> Marc Methot) tells me you aren’t worth much more time than this. You’re one of those goober fans who actually believes Karlsson isn’t good defensively because you hear Leaf cock cobbling announcers on CBC/TSN trash him during national broadcasts. Nothing could be further from the truth. He’s the best D in the entire NHL and we’re very lucky to have him. Goodnight clueless man.

        • SenaTHOR

          You obviously have a few man crushes because your logic is distorted. What level of hockey have you played. Oh, you never played. I thought so.

          • Roar…

            Incorrect actually. I’m guessing you’re some loser who played Junior B and think that means something lol? #Washouts

          • SenaTHOR

            I’ve never said he wasn’t a great offensive player. He’s the best. He just very average or less defensively. How many times does the guy move the puck down the ice and nothing happens. Don’t make it sound like everytime he touches the puck that great things happen. Gryba is a 5/6, quit making shit up that I think he’s better than that. What I tell you is that Wiercioch isn’t the second coming. I call BS on the fact that you played high level hockey unless AA bantam counts.

          • Roar…

            “Nobody who plays game” roflmao all I have to say to you bud is DUHHHH GOOBER THINKS Karlsson can’t play with Wier DUHHHH. Must play strong defensive body with him its only thing that make sense DUHHHHH. Fail. Your thinking is pathetically outdated. Anyone Karlsson plays with will look good. Cough* Kuba Cough* nobody would put a player like that with Karlsson ever right… oh wait… oh yeah… Wier and Kuba are pretty much exactly the same type of player lol. God you suck at life.

  • Roar…

    Personally if we’re going to swing a trade for a forward… Ryan O’Reilly out of Colorado is the guy I’d go after. If you can convince them to start the deal with Spezza and then we add one more high value piece (Stone or Cowen most likely) to get it done. Very similar to the Turris situation in Colorado although Roy might be able to save them from the mistake of letting O’Reilly go. That’s who I’d want from a Sens org perspective. If we’re going to do another trade similar to the Bobby Ryan hockey for hockey deal.

  • Roar…

    Also, if we’re discussing 4th line options (Maybe only playing Neil against teams with a little more size where he’s more valuable) Jimmy O’Brien has played darn well and produced plenty of points down in Bingo. Started cold for the first ten games but then really picked it up. I suppose we all know the organization soured on him with no real explanation for why but to me he’d be a great fit on our fourth line – good all around game, NHL experience, and probably better mitts than Neil by a big margin in terms of chipping in the odd goal. Realistically this teams over-commitment to vets like Phillips & Neil is hurting them at this point. Especially considering how much we’re bloody paying the two – 5 million dollars for those two guys. A defender who can’t play defense getting 3M and Neil – who arguably earns his pay stub, but really we have better options. I’d be hesitant to show Neil the door just because he truly is a competitor and a professional (and brings it to a whole new level in the playoffs every year) but I wouldn’t be against playing him 30-40 games instead of 82.

  • Sandy

    Chris Lund ‏@chrisjlund 5h

    Sochi looks pretty ready to go for the Olympics in… two weeks. http://imgur.com/a/0muGY

  • Sandy

    That’s a tough schedule for sure Chirp. A couple of other teams the Sens are chasing have a tough schedule as well.
    A couple of do overs…
    Too many afternoon games. The Sens maybe could have had about 6-8 more points if some of those afternoon games were at night.
    Letting Alfie go… There probably would not have been as rough a start — maybe get 8-10 more points at the beginning of the season.
    Sens would probably be solidly in the playoffs if those 2 circumstances would not have happened..
    But you can’t go back.. They can only work with what they have.
    That schedule to the Olympics will determine if the Sens make the playoffs or not. Get too far behind.. and with all of those 3 pts games.. it will be tough to make up spots.

  • Mat

    Playoff discussions below? Yeah, I’m not sure that’s in the cards this year. And I don’t think its too early to tell. This team just hasn’t proven anything so far and I can’t imagine a situation where they do a complete 180. Not sure what’s happened over the summer but the hard working pesky Sens have become the inconsistent Sens, with consistent lapses in concentration. Flashes of brilliance at times, but mostly, inexplicable shambles. Not sure what is happening with the coaching either but players are not responding and the non stop revolving door of playing assignments is a nightmare on this team’s ability to be consistent.

    Buyers or sellers? I think mortgaging the future for rentals is a mistake. I’d love to see Moulson on the Sens but not if we can’t guarantee a long term signing. I still have hopes that we can package some players for a top 6 that has existing term on his contract. I’m also open to trading some of the players that comprise the current leadership group… Time to give some of those responsibilities to players who perform night in and night out. Turris and Karlsson should have letters on their jerseys. And for God sake, please give 9mm away. I wish 9 millimetre was how close he was to getting traded..

    This team was all business last year and the year before. They looked structured, confident, determined. Now we look lackadaisical and unsure. Not sure what the solution is but the course we are on is frustrating.

  • Roar…

    Sens should look to add Tom Gilbert out of Florida. They’re not making the playoffs, he’s only 900k and a UFA in the summer. Great underlying possession numbers. Good level of experience. Exactly what our top 4 needs.

  • Billy Bob

    Matt Puempel really starting to score down in Bingo, can’t wait to see this kid with the big club, hopefully they do the right thing and let him finish the year down there and keep developing. Excited to see what he can bring next year

  • Billy Bob

    Also wondering how many people are watching the games these days because Cowen really hasn’t looked that bad lately, let’s not forget how young the guy is and how inexperienced he is. Relax with the trade demands, trading him would be something this organization would regret.

    • Billy Bob

      Look at Victor Hedman

      • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

        Cowen never played like Hedman. I want cowen out of Ottawa, not sure it will happen. I really hope im wrong with cowen. But so far im not a fan.

        • aegiszx

          Having watched this guy for the past few years, I’m seriously starting to wonder how this guy would fair in the West if he’s having this much trouble in the East.

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  • Hax

    I’m going to go ahead and disagree that Ryan hasn’t looked great. I have no problem with MacLean trying to get him going but every game there’s at least 2 or 3 times that Ryan creates a great opportunity for himself or someone else. His pass to Conacher when CoCo was in the blue paint was incredible and if Cory could have knocked it home it would have been on all the highlight reels.

    Don’t get me wrong, he needs to find the back of the net but I don’t think it’s due to fatigue or poor play, it’s more just some bad puck luck. If he gets a goal or two soon he could explode for a lot more.