Anderson Out, Lawson to be Recalled

SensChirp November 4, 2013 125
Anderson Out, Lawson to be Recalled

It’s safe to say that this coming week has the potential to be a defining one for the Ottawa Senators.

It’s far too early in the season to be using the “must-win” label but having dropped five straight, Paul MacLean’s team is desperately searching for a spark that can help turn things around.  They have a chance to do that tomorrow night when they visit their new Eastern Conference rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After a short one game road trip, the Senators return home to play five straight at the Canadian Tire Centre, all against Eastern Conference opponents. Obviously a critical stretch for this hockey team.

The Sens were back on the practice ice today and not surprisingly, did a little more line juggling.  The MacArthur-Turris-Ryan trio remained in tact, while Spezza skated with new wingers in Colin Greening and Mika Zibanejad.  Zack Smith was on a line with Michalek and Neil while Kassian-Grant-Conacher made up the team’s fourth line.

The way MacLean has juggled the lines lately we won’t know the exact combinations until the puck drops tomorrow night.  And even, they are likely to change after a couple shifts.

No big surprise but goaltender Craig Anderson was not on the ice this morning after being carried off the ice on a stretcher late in yesterday’s game.  Carleton Raven goalie Ryan Dube was on the ice filling in for Anderson today.

The team is calling Anderson “day to day” for now but he will not make the trip to Columbus.  The team will recall Nathan Lawson from Binghamton to dress as Robin Lehner’s back up in Columbus.

 

The Daily Chirp- A struggling team means that today’s Daily Chirp is a little more current than the last couple.  Rumours were swirling a little bit over the weekend that the Sens may have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes about Milan Michalek.  The Yotes need wingers and have plenty of defenceman, which is an area of weakness for the Senators right now.  Something to keep an eye on.

  • matsoukas45

    If they can find someone to take Michalek do it in a second,all his injuries are finally catching up with him.

    • CrazyFish

      I agree, I can’t see them resigning him especially with so many guys in Bingo ready to make the jump this year or next.

      • Sensnation

        Almost feels like the Greening-Spezza-Zibanejad line is to figure out how this team’s top 6 may do without Michalek. I think he still has value as a trade chip, and I’m not partial to keeping him or trading him, but he better come at a much lower salary next year if re-signed.

        • Jason

          I don’t have any faith in Greening every becoming a top 6 forward. He is too weak, someone needs to teach him how to not be such a “nice guy” and use his size to his advantage. And that means being physical and hitting people.

          edit: yea he gets used in top 6 situations now, but he sucks dick and doesn’t produce.

    • spezzerman

      he is on pace for 18G 53 Points. Not bad really. His defensive game I think will get better. But I agree if the right deal comes along, go for it, no doubt. But not for Klesla or Morris

      • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

        $6 Million well spent.

  • Sensnation

    I’m loving the reunion of Greening and Spezza! Brings both their games to better all around level. Looking forward to seeing what Lehner will do with a few games in a row.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Jason

    Man I just posted in the other thread that I was thinking to myself that we should try to trade Michalek to Phoenix, might happen since his brother plays for them and like Chirp says they have an abundance of defenceman. I’d love to see Ekman-Larsson come here, imagine him and Karlsson together on the PP.

    • Sensnation

      Is OEL the trade target in this rumour? For some reason I thought he was their franchise Dman, just signed to a decent long term number too. Last I heard Yandle or our former Rundblad were the most likely to move out of Phoenix.

      • Doc

        No way they move OEL, he’s a big part of their core and future.

        Yandle I could see, but he’ll cost more than Michalek.

    • SensChirp

      Defintiely not Ekman-Larsson. They are not moving him.

      • SensChirp

        A certain UFA to be, perhaps…..

        • Sensnation

          Ewww Klesla or Derrek Morris? I think we’d be better off with our current messed up combos lol

        • hq8

          Klesla? hmmm…..interesting.
          i dont think moving Michalek for Klesla/Morris is going to fix any of the sens troubles.
          their best fix is still to slap some sense into their D-men with punitive action in the form of scratches and reducing the minutes Chris Phillips plays.

        • Mike Bauer

          I would take Derek Morris for a season…the guy can skate, hit and contribute offensively. Yandle would be awesome but likely an expensive piece. I would love to see a Michalek for Michalek trade…

      • markuki111

        So is it Morris or Klesla? Lol, hope its not Morris, because I’d have 5 sens on my fantasy team if this happened

        • The Apostle

          Plus Morris is 35. Not sure where that gets us longer time. Short term Melnyk saves nearly 3 million in salarywith either of them.

          Not thrilled.

        • EHMatt

          Morris is a Joe Corvo type of the defenseman. We need someone who can play at both ends.

      • spezzerman

        yeah for sure. OEL is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL right now.

        • hq8

          um one Erik Karlsson will disagree with that, with 15 pts.

      • boom

        I don’t think many people know how good this guy is.

  • Sandy

    If Michalek goes to Phoenix for a D.. then one of the Sens D will have to move out..
    Yandle would be great.. but it would probably cost a lot more than Michalek… And who would they move out? Corvo? Gryba? Weircioch?

    • Sensnation

      Corvo is latest rumor I’m hearing from the media, not because he has value, but more that he’s not an upgrade on our current young guys and he’s barely rosterable for a team trying to make the playoffs. But really if we get a true top 4 D back, you can sit any of those 3 and all is fine. As long as Karlsson, Methot, Cowen and for now Phillips are playing.

  • s3nsfan

    I watched the game last night and i must say, it wasn’t stellar start to finish it was one of the better games this year. That being said how is it this team is SO much better defensively when they’re killing a penalty than when they are at even strenght?

    I like the thought of trading Michalek, lower the salary and pick up an experienced Dman back, maybe we could get rundblad back and end up having kyle turris for a 2nd round pick. Genius i tell ya, genius

    • Sandy

      They want to improve the D… I don’t think Rundblad does that… Phoenix would have to add to that if Michalek was leaving.

    • hq8

      yea that actually is a very very puzzling stat. they are actually 6th in the league in PK yet when there is no pressure they act like its all the pressure in the world.

    • CrazyFish

      Lack of focus when 5-on-5? The bad pinches and players way out position is a major problem. When on the PK they seem to keep it simple.

    • Sensnation

      They use different strategies. PK is all about blocking passing and shooting lanes without a worry about turning the puck to the offensive side. Pmac’s 5 on 5 strategy is to force the other team to shoot or turn over the puck asap in the defensive zone so that we can regain control of the puck and move it up ice for an offensive chance. Sure we could play NJ devils trap from a decade ago PK style 5 on 5, but Pmac wants those offensive chances and he’s willing to give up some shots against to get more of them.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I had a big comment awhile ago about how all fans have a certain player they’d like to see Traded. Milan has been the guy on my list since he arrived, and as I had mentioned, I’ve always had a hard time understanding why because I do like his scoring abilities, when he scores.

    In either case, looking at how the year started, and who we have available. 9MM is the only player that could be moved that makes sense if we are looking for value in a return, outside of trading Andy. Some will argue we may not get the full value for him right now because he’s not as hot as he can be, but his 9 points in 14 games is pretty respectable. His value will only increase if he pots a few more goals.

    If we really are after a D and Phoenix is the dance partner, OEL won’t be part of that deal and Ottawa won’t take Rundblad back, no-matter how bad Management feels about stealing Turris away. Yandle is the guy I’d expect Ottawa would be after and he’s not a downgrade by any-means. But as much as the Yotes need a producing Winger, would they give up on a 27 year old Yandle to get Milan? I get this feeling that It would have to include something else leaving Ottawa, which I don’t like the idea of. However, I guess it all depends on who contacted who.

    • Hax

      Agree completely. If we end up with someone else from their D core that’s expiring at the end of the year I guess it becomes a neutral move since we have more depth to spare up front right now. But Yandle could fit into our top 4 nicely for a few years or more. I wonder if they’d want Gryba or someone going back the other way on top of Milo though.

  • EHMatt

    I do not understand why after so many years this team doesn’t practice the shootouts. Year after year this team has a losing record in the shootout. Those points would make a huge difference. Lehner obviously needs the practice as well, he’s terrible in the shootout.

    • Mat

      Really? You can say with 100% knowledge that they never practice shootouts? Is there a practice summary that goes up online? Or do you work with the Sens?

  • hq8

    something that I dont get:
    Colin Greening, outside of that one assist to Spezza in PHX has been completely invisible. he hasnt done anything of note while also managing to not do anything ridiculously stupid.
    Michalek on the other hand, has been producing for the sens here and there. he had the assist yesterday on Ryan’s goal. yet, MM9 gets dumped on a line with Smith and Neil, nothing wrong with Smith but Neil? while Greening gets bumped all the way to the top line? why?
    It really should be:
    MM9-Spezz-Zib
    Ryan-Turris-MacArthur
    Greening-Smith-Neil
    Condra-Grant-Conacher (Kassian extra) it sucks for Conacher i guess, but I think he lost his spot next to Spezza due to size.
    some of these Paul Maclean decisions…….just dont match up with any of his comments about the best players play. ditto on defense re-Chris Phillips, Cowen :s

    • Sensnation

      I think we’ll see both versions throughout games, we know PM likes to tinker all game every game! I personally like both 1st line options being discussed and it’s great to see Zibanejad really earn his way up that depth chart so fast!

      • hq8

        lol the Zibnejad placement next to Spezza is just……i dont even know what to make of it. i mean im all for it and its what i want, but was it really necessary to go through all the B.S before this finally got done?
        it was clear IN THE PLAYOFFS LAST SEASON that Zib was definitely made for this team’s top 6. Thats the single reason they didnt trade him instead of Silf!. but sens management and/or coaching had to put up useless B.S about how he sucked more than JGP and SDC. well where are JGP and SDC now. JGP – great future, but time is not right now, definitely not top 6 time. Conacher, great energy but not much bite and now on the 4th line. so really was it worth it? maybe Zib being there is the difference in those games against LA, SJ and ANA on the road trip because sens got skewered in faceoffs.
        in 6 games this guy has outscored and out-impacted all the guys that were kept ahead of him: BASICALLY THE ENTIRE SENS BOTTOM 6 + CONACHER. not to mention he kickstarted the scoring against detroit: instant impact.
        this is just one case in point with the most glaring irregularities in the sens management and/or coaching decisions when it comes to lineup. decisions to put Chris Neil out in game-changing momentum critical situations (e.g. PPs or goalie-pulled) along with Chris Phillips are just as mind boggling and clearly stupid.
        the sens have a great head coach imo and also a good roster, but they have a habit of axing themselves hard in the foot by dubious lineup decisions followed by shit play by important players which keeps them from the all-out domination we all are just always waiting for. some call it human nature, i call it obvious conscious stupidity.

        • A-Train

          This rant is a little harsh in places, but I can’t say I disagree with the key points.

        • Miguel

          great points here, without a doubt we will all agree that we have faith and trust PM, however it is clear that he is not dealing with the elite superstars very well. He had great success last year with a roster made up mostly of bottom 6 players, but not having success in working with the top stars. And I think this rant has hit it. The stars need consistency, and need to build chemistry, yet PM constantly mixes up his top stars, forcing them to learn to play differenty depending on who they are playing with. Add the fact that he seems to love the lunch pail guys ie Neil, Greening, Smith, who get away with some awful play, and never get punished for it, whereas Zibby has a slow game and he is sent down to the minors.
          PM has different rules for the stars vs the plugs and lunch pail guys and it is starting to hurt this team IMO

        • The Apostle

          One over-looked possibility is, as you kind of suggest, Zbad wasn’t sent down because of his play.

          In this scenario Zbad was sent down because of some off ice issue – there was talk last year as well as this about him maybe enjoying himself a little too much and a lack of focus.

          If that is the case, and I am by no means saying it is, maybe a short jolt is what was needed. Again, if that is the case, I would prefer the organisation to provide us with some BS about being outperformed rather than tossing him under the bus – the way Boston did with Seguin for example.

          The message the media and fans get might not be the same as the message the player gets. Plus we know, more or less what we have with Zbad, I don’t think it was a terrible idea to find out and in the case of SDC confirm, what we have or do not have with them.

          I’m saying that when decision look illogical to us we should remember we never have the full picture and more often than not, never will.

    • Robert Cyr

      The above lineup should be inserted during the game, should chemistry not click, with MacLean lineup listed above in morning practice.

      Coach should run with hq8′s lineup for 5 straight games, and if it has success
      LEAVE IT AS IS TO COMPETE WITH ANY TEAM !!

      GO SENS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Snoopy Senior

    • boom

      Thank You.

    • Voice Of Reason

      What I would like to see is…

      Ryan-Turris-MacArthur
      MM9-Spezza-Zib
      Greening-Smith-Conacher
      Condra-Grant-Neil

      I may not be against moving MM9 to the 3rd line even… switching him with Greening or anybody else who can play on that wing.

    • Mat

      Dumped on a line with Smith? That’s a reward these days. Smith is one of our better players and its no surprise that Mac has him playing tons of minutes. I’m glad to see him do well. He’s better than most people have often given him credit for.

  • Andersonfan40

    I would like to see Murray trade Michalek for one of Keith Yandle or Rostislav Klesla or Derek Morris and have David Moss as throw in.

  • CohMa

    Based on nothing but $, I would think that it would have to be Yandle for Michalek. Although Michalek has a lower cap hit, his actual money is higher. I would assume Phoenix would want something else in that deal too… Stone maybe. They’d have both Michaleks and both Stones.
    Michalek & Stone for Yandle & 4th?

    • Sensnation

      Very intriguing, like your way of thinking.

    • boom

      I heard that the Sens want to trade Mark Stone to Pittsburgh in a 2 for 1 deal – get 2 Penguins with one stone.

    • Millennium

      If you’re looking at Yandle, you’re looking at the type of return we gave up for Ryan. Nothing less.

  • Hax

    I would think that the Yotes will want us to retain some salary on MM9. So depending on who we can get back that might kill any deal right there. Some interesting options in the Yotes’ system though so we’ll see. And really, the Turris and Methot trades were homeruns for Murray so if he keeps that up I’m all for it.

    I’m not as down on MM9 as some have been but I can’t see him being here past this season anyway so if we can get something for him that’s great. As long as we’re not stuck taking on some bad contract as part of the deal.

  • Andersonfan40

    Take this with a grain of salt if this true I would like to see Murray trade for Wayne Simmonds
    This is Eklund.

    *In Ottawa, a possible trading partner with the Flyers, things are also getting very edgy…The Sens are looking hard for grit and heart right now. The Senators are talking to Florida, however it apppears Dale Tallon wants a ton and is willing to hold off on his stable of assets for the deadline…at which time Florida will be the focal point I assure you.

    • Jason

      That’s exactly what we need, toughness, I think we’re way to passive this year. No hitting, no fighting and no scrums after whistles. So far this year there has only been 1 fight! So we’re on pace for less than 10 fights this season.
      Last year there was 26, and the year before when we were expected to finish dead last…guess what, we had 53 fights.
      Playing as a team and standing up for each other and not letting other teams walk over you is important.

      • Alcatraz

        welcome to 1995!
        I didn’t know fighting will mean less shots against on net

        • Righteous Smoke

          Nice argument, lol
          I can easily say the fighting worked for Vancouver then, haha

    • Sensnation

      Aren’t Philly rumored to be trading Luke Schenn too? Any chance of a package there? Would Sens fans even welcome the addition of Schenn?

      I think Simmonds would be a great addition either way!

      • Andersonfan40

        I would perfer just Simmonds he brings the grit that the Senators need in the top six. I would like to see Murray any of the prospects for Simmonds.
        Just wondering what Murray would have to offer up to get Simmonds out of Philly?

        • Doc

          Oh god yes. Simmonds is a beast. Would look sick besides Spezza! ;)

  • FBP

    Hmm. Klesla for Michalek and then we ship Gryba/Weircioch to Florida for a younger more unproven scorer.

    • Andersonfan40

      Are you thinking Shawn Matthias?

  • boom

    Hey Chirp, if anyone would know if this is true, it’s you…

    I heard that the Sens want to trade Mark Stone to Pittsburgh in a 2 for 1 deal – they would get 2 Penguins with one stone….

    • Andersonfan40

      Lol

    • The Apostle

      Sir, if I was wearing a hat I would currently be tipping it to you. Well batted.

  • 65kwhissell19

    hi everyone. been reading on this site for a long time. havnt really made comments. but guess today I want to chat abit. im sad to see Ottawa play like this. but they did have a better 2nd and 3rd. and if Ottawa does make a trade. hopeing they don’t give a hole lot for someone. and I see there is a lot off people hateing on cowen. but he has came off a hip surgery. and he looks to bee trying to find his game. and greening think he needs to be benched like the year before. he seems to have slow starts. but im sure Ottawa will turn there game around. remember that 10 game loosing streak we had that year. we came back from that and won 9 strait I think it was. but anyways ya never no.

    • JBL11

      A quick 3-4 game winning streak would kill most of this anxiety I would imagine. I’m certainly not ready to give up on the Cow. Not having a solid vet in Gonch to play with is showing in his game, but I’m confident he’ll get through it. If we make a trade, it will likely have to include Milo and/or a prospect. Everyone else on the ice either has too much upside to give up on, or has no trade value. I’m not even sure how much trade value Milo has at this point…but if Paul wants to give us Simmonds for Milo and Stone…I’m in.

      • H POTTER

        Good ol’ polo….worse GM in the last couple of years…wouldn’t be surprised lol

  • 65kwhissell19

    I also think spezza is trying to do to much and is hitting with those blind passes. hope he settles down soon.

    • A-Train

      Please stop the insanity! Spezza is doing what Spezza does: create offense and put up points.

      • JBL11

        I think most of us optimistically expected Spezz to put in a little more effort defensively this year. “Representing the team” means exemplifying how the coach wants each player to play IMO. No denying the fact that he’s creating offence (and quite a bit of it)…but he certainly doesn’t seem to make an effort to consistently get back as quickly as many of the other forwards do…

        • Tooks

          And he wont ever do that. Spezza is an offensively gifted player,The last thing I want is Maclean to change what Spezza is. He is not a defensive player so dont force him to have a great defensive game. When’s the last time you saw Kessel, Ovie, Kovalchuk, Kane (both) play great defensive hockey…

          • Jason

            As the team captain he SHOULD be doing that. Being the captain means leading by example.

      • 65kwhissell19

        he is not the spezza from 2 season ago before he got hurt. he is not creating much offense like we all no he can its not insanity. he is one off my fav players.. but I see the difrence in him. last game he played better. I no spezza will come back sooner or later he always does

      • Al

        Spezza has a lot of strong attributes… No doubt about that…

        However, one of his negatives is huge… Specifically, when he passes the puck to someone from the other team, he usually continues to take a few steps in the offensive direction, and, he is rarely ever the person to retrieve the puck from the person he just passed it to…

  • Hax

    Never want to see your goalie get hurt, but a little adversity might be just what this team needs.

  • Mat

    Here’s a fact for those who are panicking right now. Some of you remember the 2006-07 Sens started the year with a horrible record, including a 5 game losing streak in October-November and a 5-8-1 record after 14 games. The record got a bit worse before it got better too.

    I remember all the criticism around Alfie, and his leadership at that time too. Little did everyone know…

    This team is much better than its record indicates. The last couple games were tough losses and good lessons towards turning it around – meaningfully. I truly believe they are on the verge of clicking.

    • 65kwhissell19

      well said. the 2nd and 3rd of last game was real good for Ottawa. I think its slowly coming together as a team. they walked away with a point in bith there last 2 witch is better than none. and there showing that they don’t want to give up now witch is good as well

      • Tooks

        Its still 2 losses on home ice.

    • H POTTER

      Thank you!

    • Tooks

      Mat, those are 2 very different teams bro, our 2006-07 team was stacked. The team we have now is far inferior, filled with rookies and plugs, and our top 6 is 2 wingers short of being good. Lets not even talk abour our D…

      • Mat

        I’ll venture a bet that if we went back in time, people would be tearing that team apart at that moment in time. Fisher not a 2LC, Kelley hands of stone, should have kept Chara, loss of Havlat, yadi yadi yadda… I’m not comparing the teams, I’m comparing the situation and the fact that both of those teams were underachieving. No one was predicting a Stanley Cup finals at that time either…

    • Miguel

      Really love the optimism in this post, and some very great points, however some of he defensive breakdowns that this team is making is extremely concerning. Giving up 40 shots a game with good scoring chance is not a reciepe for success.

      • Mat

        They need time. We all need patience. Simple as that.

  • hq8

    feel a little less harsh towards cowen after maclean said that his game is where it is because of missing time last year and missing camp.

    if the sens can get cowen to play at the level he is projected to play at it would go a longggg longggg way.

  • hq8

    6thsens is saying that BM should go after Nikita Nikitin…….what do you guys think

    • Mat

      Depends, whats the return? I think he would be a good asset but he would probably fetch a decent return.

      • hq8

        yea but whats a decent return for a player who has been healthy scratch for most of this season

  • http://www.hockeydrunk.com/ procdaddy

    Michalek is the one guy I’d love to see traded while he still has value.

    • Mat

      Who made you believe he still has value?? lol At this point, I’m not sure you get a top 6 forward for him. Maybe a prospect with top 6 potential.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I actually thought that Michalek has looked good that last few games. His skating seems to be coming back. I agree you probably don’t get much for him right now though, which is why i’d keep him for now.

        • HarvardYaleAndPrincetonMan

          All Ottawa will get for No Knees Michalek is a 4th round pick at the trading deadline

  • geoff2021

    if we trade michalek to pheonix the only defenseman i want besides OEL (no way we get our hands on him) is Keith Yandle.

    • sprucesens

      maybe we can get a D prospect that is nearly ready for nhl, similar to ceci, but maybe with less potential. Maybe Brandon Gormley could be had if they feel like they want to keep the vets? (from phoenix) Wishful thinking. Of course, this means we need to call up a forward to fill in the scoring lost by Michalek. I’d expect one of Stone, Hoffman, Puempel, Prince, Pageau, Da Costa.
      I think in another 3 games we’ll know if we have a trade coming or not. Keep losing and it might happen sooner than later.

    • SensChirp

      Seems as though people might be putting a little too high a value on Milan Michalek.

      • boom

        I have been reading these posts, and thinking the same thing. People need to stop over-valuing our players and prospects, especially injury-prone wingers with consistency issues.
        I’m betting if a trade does happen, the names involved may be a surprise to many.

    • Tooks

      Yandle aint comnig back if all we give is Michalek, LOL.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    How does constantly juggling the lines benefit anyone?
    Lines need to play with each other to build consistency.
    There is NO way Phoenix gives up Yandle
    I would trade Michalek for Michael Stone and Lauri Korpikowski

    • Tooks

      Hahah yeah no kidding…Korpikowski seems about the right value for a Michalek.

  • Luke McQueen

    Sounds like a threesome is in order. Say, Michalek to Phoenix, handle to Philly (they need defence even more than we do and Simmonds back to us.
    Phoenix gets the winger they want, philly gets the defence they need and Ottawa gets some grit on the right side to help round our our top six.
    Might be a pipe dream though as I would think we make out like bandits on this one.

    • ReleaseTheKarlsson

      Philly and Phoenix would laugh in Murray’s face if he offered that. I’d love to see either Yandle or Simmonds in Ottawa, but you will need to give up a prospect and probably another roster player for Yandle, and at least another roster player for Simmonds

  • lbernier

    I am still high on David Rundblad he is talented and should come back to Ottawa I would trade Michalek in a deal that involves Rundblad coming back the other way. We know he can be effective at the NHL level just Coyotes are so deep on defense!

  • senate19

    Another classy move by Murray to find the best place for a player: Michalek in Phoenix with his brother. That tells me a lot about Murray

    • senate19

      Hey Chirp, with all due respect – you clearly know more than you’re letting on. Is there a reason you can’t name names or are you just being coy?

      • SensChirp

        Was asked to present it this way. So a bit of both, I suppose.

        • senate19

          Fair enough, I can understand that. Any idea what the probability is?

  • Mitchell

    i could really go for a keith yandle for milan michalek trade. the salary cap hit is about the same and there’s a pretty good chance he’ll stay with his brother there for years to come. but who on our defence would we send down or get rid of? send down Gryba? trade off phillips?

  • Robert Cyr

    I do not think that the trade for a top 4 defenceman, involving Milan Michalek going the other way will happen. Our top 6 forwards would lose a key player in Michalek, and would create a new need for another top 6 !!

    Would however, consider a trade for a top 4 defenceman, by sending a combination of
    2 good prospects + a 2nd Round pick ( Conacher, Pageau for example )

    GO SENS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Snoopy Senior

    • Tooks

      There is a hole in the top 6 wether Milan is there or not, he’s been less than average and is just taking a spot but out real need is on D,

    • Hax

      We already don’t have a first and you want to trade our second?

      The only reason Milo is on the block is that he’s our highest paid player and a pending UFA that they (apparently) have no interest in extending. I agree we’d need help up front if we moved him but we need more help on D than we do up front.

  • sben

    Senschirp just posted a small paragraph saying that there was a trade rumor and every person has posted a trade possibilty. Just ridiculous that everyone thinks they are a GM.

    • boom

      The site is called SensCHIRP, not SensIBLE…

      • spezzerman

        Sens-iBULL

    • FBP

      What are we without imagination? Big flabby hairy worms.

  • FBP

    Maybe it’s a brothers trade. Michalek for Stone.

  • Miguel

    I would welcome a trade for 9MM, but just as many have pointed out, we as fans overvalue our players way too much. Right now put yourself in an opposing GM shoes, and why on earth would you want 9MM, who is struggling, very injury prone, and makes 6 Mil and is a UFA next year? Really, unfortunately he is not worth very much right now, and perhaps our best bet is to hope that he turns it around real quick.

    • The Apostle

      I think Michalek has more value at the deadline than he does now. That’s when GMs overpay, especially when there is no additional term involved on a contract.

      The question is how broke does the organisation believe our blueline is and how desperate are they, if they do believe it’s very broken, to fix it now.

      At the moment I see Michalek going for another expiring contract or a decentish prospect. At the deadline I think we could parle him into a pick and a prospect.

    • spezzerman

      He is pacing out at 18G and 53P this year. If that is struggling, some team will be interested. I agree though, he is injury prone which will scare anyone off. A better deal could be had come trade deadline once he is proven his health a bit more but if there is a deal to be made now, I am sure the Sens would make it.
      Personally though, I don’t get the Michalek hate. No doubt he is rusty but he is getting better. Patience poeple, patience.

  • Miguel

    One of biggest concerns right now has to be Jared Cowen.
    I was and am one of his biggest supporters, and went as far to say that I could see Cowen as being our top D-man in a few years, and even as far to say that he was even ahead of Chara at the same age.
    Well since the hip injury, I am very sad to say, he is no where near the player he was. For a big man he was a very fluid skater, very agile, could keep up with most top players, and because he was so strong on his skates, could easily line up opposing players and punish them when coming into our zone.
    Since the injury, he seems to have lost his skating ability, he is extremely slow, having players skate into the zone and around him with astonishing ease, he doesnt track the puck well in our zone anymore, and his decisions with the puck have been downright terrible.
    Did we rush him back before he was ready? Not sure, but if they do not try to correct whatever is wrong, we may have some damaged goods, that may not be something that can be corrected after a serious hip injury.
    I hope my fears are wrong, and really hope we get our mini Chara back to form.
    Go Sens Go!!!

    • thepez

      He will be 23 in January and has played about 100 games so far. Yes he was injured but many 23 year old d-men struggle. In my books he still has another years before he is really good.
      If you remember one of the main complaints about Chara was that he was too slow, especially in that 2006 playoff loss to the Sabres. Does anyone think that 7 years later? Plus when Chara came to the Senators he was raw. Chara’s first year was in 1997. I would argue that Chara only became dominant until the 2003-04 season, a full 6 years after he joined the league and he had played almost 400 games already.
      Imagine if you can a d-pairing of Chara and EK65!

  • Terry

    First off, I like Cowen and believe he will be a top 4 in the future. To single him out is fair but there have been mistakes made by almost the entire team. During one game I watch Chris Neil attempt a cross ice not once but twice at the blue line that ended in shots on The Sens net. Phillips and Gryba, as well as PW. Karlsson and then the forwards, the team is making mistakes and the difference is that they are ending up in the net. Bad Luck? Sometimes. But the saying is you have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good. Lets not forget that this team did go thru pretty major changes in the offseason in loosing Alfie and Gonchar. Thats a combined 2000+ games of experience. I thought I read somewhere the Senators are the Youngest team in the NHL right now and has a Captain in the first year of his Reign. I believe the team will start to gel and grow as this homestand continues and after this stretch we can better judge the team that is playing.

    I do question some of the coaching decisions of late, but alas PM coaches and I sit on the couch. I am sure he has reasons, but I would like to see the same lines for a few games to see chemistry start to build. Same goes for the defense pairs.

    That’s all I have for now and I refuse to stop cheering.
    Go Senators!!

  • Alcatraz

    What about a Michalek for Michalek deal? First time ever two brothers were traded for each other?

  • Alcatraz

    All honesty what about:

    Klesla + Gormley

    for

    Michalek + Stone

    • Mitchell

      Yandle + Boedker + 2nd

      for

      Michalek + Stone

      • boom

        No offense, but that is crazy. Phoenix would laugh.

      • Alcatraz

        is this serious? Michalek + Stone won’t fetch you Yandle alone. He is a great Dman. If he was a Senator he would be just a step behind Karlsson.
        If we want Yandle we are looking at Michalek + Ceci bare minimum

  • Tooks

    And we face another back up! whats up with that! Do teams take us for granted? CBJ hasnt played since Nov 2.

    This should be great news but our record vs back ups is terrible.

    • Terry

      Curtis McElhinney I believe, according to SC. McElhinney is going to try to play like he has something prove to Ottawa. I am hoping the Senators start the game like they had a fire under their ass for the past two nights. All hopped up on JOLT Cola and only energy to burn at the start of the game. Forecheck hard to start and punish the Jackets defense. I would also like to see Ottawa OUTSHOOT the Jackets this game.

      Go Senators!

  • SensChirp
  • AlaskanHoser

    Trade Michalek for Derek Morris and a 2nd
    MacArthur Spezza Ryan
    Conacher Turris Zibanejad
    Greening Smith Neil
    Hoffman/Kassian Pageu Contra
    Methot Karlsson
    Cowen Morris
    Phillips Weircioch/Corvo