Game Day- Senators Host Tavares and the Islanders

SensChirp November 1, 2013 301
Game Day- Senators Host Tavares and the Islanders

At practice yesterday, it almost looked like Paul MacLean had decided to hit the “reset button” on the season.

The Senators have stumbled out of the gates, posting a 4-6-2 record through their first twelve games but they’ll look to right the ship with a couple home games this weekend.  First up- John Tavares, the newly acquired Tomas Vanek and the rest of the New York Islanders.

Frustrated with the way his team has performed in the early going, MacLean decided that a significant shift of the lines was in order.

The trio of MacArthur-Turris-Ryan, the Senators best line through the first month, was all that remained intact.  Spezza had new wingers in Conacher and Neil. Bizarre. Zack Smith seems to be the second line centre, skating with Michalek and Zibanejad. OK.  And on defence, Chris Phillips was paired with Erik Karlsson. Mhmm.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose.  We’ll see if those line combinations stick to start tonight’s game and more importantly, how long they stick for.  Here is how the Sens were lined up at yesterday’s practice.

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Michalek-Smith-Zibanejad
Conacher-Spezza-Neil
Greening-Grant-Condra

Phillips-Karlsson
Methot-Wiercioch
Cowen-Gryba

Robin Lehner gets the start in the Ottawa goal.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM and there are still plenty of tickets if anyone is interested in ya know, attending a hockey game.

 

The Daily Chirp-  Back in 2005, when the Senators pulled the trigger on the Dany Heatley trade, the hockey world was floored. It was a deal that came out of nowhere for everyone. Well except those that were following the mysterious Chara03 on Sportsnet Forums.  Anyway, the two teams had talked trade for a couple weeks before the infamous Heatley for Hossa swap and apparently, briefly discussed the possibility of Ilya Kovalchuk before settling on Heatley.

  • hq8

    hmm….do you think Kovalchuk would have been better? I think so….

    • Tooks

      I think he would have stayed longer yes but better? Heatley scored back to back 50′s, doubt Ilya would have done that but in the long run, yes, Ilya would of had more points, until we woudl have to pay him 8+Mil, then he would have left.

      • hq8

        i was thinking more in terms of would the 07 team have had a better leg up with Kovalchuk? Heatley was a true sniper no doubt, but did he have the same game breaking ability? thats a tough one to predict based on how both players have turned out to be not really team-players.

        • Sensnation

          Kovalchuk is by far the more gifted player of the two, but he’s only made the NHL playoffs 3 times in his career, so it’s hard to say we’d have been in the same position with him, though I would’ve preferred him over Heatley for sure! The only thing with Kovy is he’s a lone wolf high minutes type and those usually work best on bottom level teams.

          • NickofTime

            Dany Heatley love him or hate him was the best goal scorer in the history of the Ottawa Senators. If it wasn’t for that ass hole coach hw would have stayed for a while longer & continued to contribute to the team. There is probably a lot of blame to go around & Heatley probably bears some of it but it should diminish what he did for the Sens during his time here. He was a great player & a Leaf killer which I certainly appreciated.

  • hq8

    biggest question today: will spezza’s line given his new linemates be a defensive liability?

    • Tooks

      Neil and Conacher are not a liability on Def, Neil especially, he very sound. I expect CC and CN to create much space for Spezza who will have alot of time to decide what to do, hopefully he shoots.

  • The Apostle

    That Chara03 guy was clued in man. If only he existed somewhere in the blogging community today.

  • Millennium

    The Islanders are certainly beatable, but JT and Vanek will light our Defense up if they aren’t better than they were recently.

  • ProbablyNot11

    I want to see an emphasis on DEFENSE this game, in zone coverage has been terrible of late. If they can fix the D they will turn things around.

    PS: Fire Mendez on TSN1200

    • Go Sens Go

      Agree. I want sens to play a tight 1-0 kind of game. Don’t try for too much offense? Play defense first. Get some confidence playing D then play offense. With the kind of offense we have we will score so our team needs to take a lot less risk going forward.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Mendez’ show is a wreck. The tension between him and Simpson is very odd.

    • Alcatraz

      Simpson is the issue not Mendes

      • Doc

        Agreed. Mendes knows his stuff and has always done good work. Simpson on the other hand is just a lighter version of Jungle Jim.

        • Jacques

          Simpson is Tookie I think – loves the Laughs and the Habs. They should’ve left this guy on skid row.

      • 4thStringGoalie

        Agreed. I don’t think Simpson works well with Mendes however he might fit better somewhere else. It is getting awkward to listen to them. It’s like Simpson is trying to mess things up.

      • ProbablyNot11

        I am not a big fan of Simpson either (very annoying how he is the only one laughing at his own jokes) but Mendes just sounds so monotone on the radio it puts me to sleep. The show is a huge fail.

  • Robert Cyr

    Kinda weird right around Halloween hey Chirp !

    The Sens said they would insert Wiercioch on Left Defense,
    with Methot on Right Defense, because Wiercioch seemed
    to struggle on his wrong side .

    Snoopy Senior

  • Jacques

    Just curious if Tookie is exchanging with real people today or is he still talking to himself??? lol

  • 4thStringGoalie

    The one thing I see with Spezza’s line is that he is probably going to be matched up against second/third line players. If the Islanders do try to match up his line then the other two lines should be able to get after them. I have a feeling they could score a lot with this lineup.

  • FBP

    Love these Daily Chirps.

  • hq8

    flat out domination of the islanders tonight would go a long way in starting a positive trend. obviously easier said than done.

    • Tooks

      Ya especially at home, another collapse or loss to a team like NYI and the sirens will start sounding.

  • Doc

    Good lord, that pic of stacheless MacLean will hunt me for weeks.

  • boom

    I have been an Islander fan sice the mid-seventies (yeah, I’m that old), but I will be there tonight in Sens gear. I hope we get a good crowd, but we’ll see.
    I would have liked to see Spezza playing head-to-head against Tavares – would have been another good test for him. Tavares is the real deal.

    • Tooks

      I agree man and thats why I said IF Turris is match up vs Tavares, its not going to be pretty.

      • SensChirp

        The Turris line can handle the Tavares line.

        • Tooks

          I guess we’ll see tonight, wont we.

          • SensChirp

            We sure will, you Sens hating goof haha

          • hq8

            yup turris is capable of holding his own against most lines in the league now. that much we have laid to rest. if anything you wont see him getting completely undressed by anyone.

          • boom

            I admire your (and Chirp’s) loyalty, and it is true that Turris is capable of “holding his own” against most lines in the league, but Tavares has shown that he is a true elite center in the NHL.
            Spezza remains our top center, and I doubt there’s a GM in the league who would want him ahead of Tavares.
            Having said all that, I remain hopeful that Tavares can be shut down tonight, no matter who does it,

          • hq8

            by holding his own i mean that he can contain another line. im not saying he is going to set the opposing line alight with scoring, although his line generates quite a significant number of chances.
            tavares is an elite center for sure. spezz is too. tavares over spezz? i wouldn’t go that far yet.

          • boom

            30 GM’s would

          • hq8

            Murray hasnt – yet. so 29?

  • hq8

    haha its started:
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/11/01/maple_leafs_canadas_best_hockey_team.html

    even more reason for the sens to start playing like game 3, round 1 against montreal!!!!

    • spezzerman

      They are always the best Canadian team by October 31

    • Terry

      I am sold, I am going to garage sale all my Sens gear and hope on board!! Call off the season and just give the Leafs the Cup and give Kessel every award he qualifies for!!!

    • Tooks

      Its all relevant, if we were the highest Canadian team in the standings we would have our own article. Jealousy doesnt suit you well.

      Vancouver will beat them saturday to take over the spot!

      • hq8

        its the ridiculous timing of the article. 12 games into the season? last i checked playoff performance decided the best team in canada, and as of now, Toronto has yet to get-over the game 7 embarrassment.
        as you mention, looking forward to Vancouver humbling them, but wouldnt trust it with Luongooooooo.

        • RUSH RLZ

          Come on man! If you were the writer, wouldn’t you also want to publish that *before* The Leafs hit their annual 10 game losing streak?

  • Tooks

    Garrioch on Lehner…
    Lehner gave up two goals on 20 shots in a losing effort on October 19th. He will look to get his first win tomorrow, vs. the Islanders. New York has the 11th ranked offence in the NHL – so it is not the best mathcup.

    Yes he did write mathcup…lol

  • Kielbasa

    Wow. Those lines. A clear sign this team has hit rock bottom.

  • Millennium

    Honestly, if you swapped Neil and Zib, those lines would look fine. Well, your 3rd line would be your 2nd line most likely, but still. Same goes for Phillips and Methot,

    • Tooks

      IMO Spezza wil still be close to 16-18 minutes anyways, when and IF we are down or up by 1, Mac will revert to his best players.

  • Terry

    Intriguing Line Ups, I hope to try to find the game being broadcast online. Anyone know a good site?
    Excited to see Lehner start and I think if Greening doesn’t play he should sit Sunday. Big game tonight at home! I hope it sells out so the team knows that the fans are still there with them, supporting the team even in this funk.
    I am expecting Spezza to have a fire lit under his a$$ and come out with a strong game.
    GO Sens!!!!!

  • Senators Pundit

    The line combinations might not be a crazy idea, last game we were soundly beaten by one line. It seemed like Toews and Kane were on the ice all game. But I didn’t hear anybody’s name that wasn’t on the top line. We dominated 2, 3 and 4. Maybe by switching it up we are tightening up our ability to play defensively against their Tavares (and Vanek?) line, while letting the other three lines do the scoring.

    How these combinations improve our all around defence, I’m not sure.

    Another thing, we are really not as bad as the score sheets suggest. As Andy said after last game. Defensive breakdowns are part of the game. It just so happens that we’ve been so unlucky that every breakdown has led to a goal against in our last 3 games. This won’t always be the case. Everybody talks about how good the league is but the fact is lots of teams make mistakes, usually they aren’t punished for them 100% of the time.

    • hq8

      ofcourse its a game of mistakes really in the end. you look at toronto this season and even the senators from last season, definitely buoyed by spectacular goaltending shielding and masking almost every mistake made on the ice. toronto is even more glaring considering how badly they get outshot and outchanced every game.
      the place where these mistakes really squeeze all the air out of a team with that habit is the playoffs.
      and really there are two categories: high impact mistakes which are low in number but are so bad they give away the game or low imapct mistakes which are very high in occurrence.
      I think the sens have had a mixture of the two. I really think that the sens need to readjust their game to thinking that maybe their goaltender cannot stop every a-grade chance like last season. Andy is still playing good enough to win games, but he is not at the game-stealing form he was in last season.
      like Lehner said, the sens are also not being harsh enough in their zone. last season and i noted this too, going into the sens zone was a risk because of four physical guys on the back-end in Methot, Phillips, Gryba and Cowen. This year, I have only really seen a consistent edge from Gryba. Cowen a few glimpses but nowhere close to the physicality he brought back after recovering from injury last season.
      they need to get back to their strengths from last season and then this roster will rock on. i think they are getting too confident in their new acquisitions in Ryan and MacArthur and the reputation their goaltending has built up over two seasons.

  • Tooks

    How many tix left? I heard 3K +…thats sad!

    • Terry

      Wow, ever the optimist aren’t you?

    • SenaWalrus

      You are sad.

      • Tooks

        Well, yes I am and so should you, we wont have a team if this continues.

  • The Apostle

    I like how the majority of people spent the last 3 or 4 games bitching about the need for MacLean to do something to shake up the team to try and get them going and then when he does exactly that the majority of people bitch about it.

    Isn’t he saying we have one line that has worked really well, so we’ll keep that. The rest of you aren’t playing great so let’s shake it up. Isn’t that exactly what he should be doing?

    • Alcatraz

      The difference is that his shake up seems to go against what we all think about this team. His shakeup involves promoting Neil and Phillips. Yes you can say, well Spezza got demoted, but no matter how you shake it Neil got promoted. No way Spezza will play 3rd line minutes.

      Then phillips get promoted to Karlssons wing.

      We want accountability…ie benching greening, benching condra, dropping Phillips to 3rd pair

      I’m ok with the moves, but still can’t seem to udnerstand them at the same time

      • The Apostle

        Given that this is the first sustained dip in performance from most of these players as a group since MacLean took over I’m OK with him trying to shake it up with what we have before making more significant changes.

        I know it’s the nature of fandom to second guess everything, but if there is one person in this organisation who deserves to be believed in, it’s Paul MacLean.

    • Doc

      Pfff, Sens fans fickle? Why I never…

  • boom

    Hey Chirp, I don’t know if you have noticed, or if I am just imagining things – but it seems that there’s been alot more activity on this site since your rant yesterday?
    You usually manage to come across as positive and optimistic, and it seems that your atypical (for you) negative post around coaching decisions etc. has sparked alot of debate.
    You’ve opened the floodgates now….good job, i think:)

  • hq8

    hey SC did you see that tweet from this Kirk Luedeke guy about some trade rumor between FLA and SENS involving a goalie going to FLA?????

    • FBP

      Goalie or D right for ‘young scorer’ right? I can’t figure it out. Matthias (and Gryba maybe?) is the only thing that makes any sense. Unless it’s a crazy blockbuster.

      • hq8

        yeaa
        if we trade a goalie, it wont be lehner thats for sure. if it is Andy, the return cant be matthias.
        if its D – i just wonder, maybe the sens could trade anyone outside of Karlsson, Methot and maybe Cowen? obviously wont touch Ceci or the others in Bingo i think.
        i dont think FLA would want a goalie of Andy’s level at this point considering they already have Thomas and Clemensen too. Markstrom is their guy going forward.
        On D, obviously they are lacking the vet presence……. puzzling rumor. Matthias is definitely the type of player who would fit into a Maclean system.
        just a joke: Phillips for Winchester!

        • SenaWalrus

          Phillips + Greening for Mattias + ???

          • Kohlmanator

            Phillips has a NMC until 01-Jan where he can produce a 10 team no trade list. He could waive it I suppose…

        • bishbosh

          Jovanoski 37, Whitney 30, Campbell 34, Gilbert 30, Weaver 35.

          Don’t think Florida are lacking expereicned blueliners.

      • Tooks

        Cowen or Andy for Huberdeau or Barkov.

        • hq8

          ok, that will never happen. why would Tallon give up the two real tickets on his team for the two falling tickets on our team……..why?

          • Tooks

            Because they need a goalie/D BAD, having all that offense wont help you, just ask EDM…

          • hq8

            no Tookie, this is not your fantasy land lol. if having all that offense was that bad, those crazy Yakupov trade rumors would already have come true.
            btw, ask the Sharks if having Thornton, Couture, Hertl, Pavelski, Burns, Havlat AND Marleau is really that bad??? thats two lines + 1 spare (and a pretty darn good spare at it).

          • Tooks

            Wow really, its one of the 2 not the 2…learn to read.
            Plus the Sharks are as good defensively than they are offensively, haha you comparing EDM to SJ……give yer head a shake!

          • hq8

            obviously im not comparing EDM to SJ. just saying being loaded up front is not such a bad thing. never said teams shouldnt stack their D

          • Tooks

            And yeah I would ask ther Sharks how its been going with all their playoff failures with that great offense…I’m saying all that offense can be good IF you have a solid D or G backing it.

        • boom

          That one makes sense to me. Not sure I would do it, because I still think PW46 will turn out to be a good player. (maybe better than Cowen?)

          But, Matthias is big and plays the wing. If he could slide into Condra’s spot, I, for one, would be a happy camper.

          The Sens do have some depth on D in Bingo.

        • Jason

          Matthias is very good, I used to watch him a lot when he was playing for Belleville in the OHL. I’d trade Weircoch for him.

    • SenaWalrus

      Maybe that’s why Phillips is being promoted – so he can showcased!

    • Alcatraz

      interesting..we need more scoring and can afford giving up dmen? haha

      • hq8

        yea…..i know. i thought the more sensible trade for sens would be to get a defensively sound d-man who doesnt take too many risks.

        • Alcatraz

          Campbell coming back would be cool lol

          • hq8

            yes, hometown boys always perform well in ottawa. wait, borocop is still in bingo and pageau just got sent down too. Ceci – fingers crossed!
            you know what though, one thing that probably will work better with Campbell: the PP.

          • Alcatraz

            Methot working out pretty damn well. Pageau super raw still developing. Donovan did well for us

          • hq8

            oh yea, forgot Methot was from ottawa. ok i take that back.
            but still Campbell…i dunno, he did help Chicago win that cup while being subjected to trade rumors all year. in all honesty he is too old now i think and the sens would need to be already at critical mass without him for him to come in and help the sens without hurting at the same time.

    • Conor_smythe

      The teams might be right, but I doubt the details are accurate.
      I can’t see Ottawa dealing for anything except a defenceman.. unless the forward is huberdeau

      Gudbranson was born in Ottawa. could be a good fit

      • hq8

        yea thats the name i thought too. but i dont know if Tallon gives him up that easily……..

    • SensChirp

      There have been rumours swirling a little bit this morning but nothing that specific.

  • sensfan4ever

    Haha Chirp , funny but not really with your “in ya know, attending a hockey game ”
    .
    Kinda desperate …. Lol

  • Go Sens Go

    I am ok with this line-up as in the stache we trust. Oh wait a second where is the stache… I am confused now should I trust this line up or not. ;-)
    But seriously this may not be too bad. Send a message to Spezza.

  • Alcatraz

    If Florida rumors are somewhat true, could make sense as to why neil is keeping a spot warm next to Spezza

    Maybe he is just keeping it warm for Huberdeau

    • FBP

      There is no way. We don’t even have a first. We’re not trading EK.

      • Alcatraz

        Cowen + Anderson for Huberdeau and Gilbert haha

        • hq8

          wow, you just become Tookie to me. he said the same thing below. hell he was doing Cowen + Andy for Huberdeau straight up.

          • Alcatraz

            quite the honor!

          • Tooks

            Read carefully, never said Cowen + Andy, its all or… for Hubby or Barkov.
            But yeah I would do Cowen + Andy for Hubby ni a heartbeat, problem is FLA would be stupid to do it.

          • hq8

            yikes, you really want to strip Florida hahahaha

          • Tooks

            Thats what I said, FLA wouldnt do it. Can you read?

          • SensChirp

            Eaaaaaaasy big fella

          • Tooks

            I even said it twice and still, no comprende… Says I said this and that…Just helping him stay on path is all.

    • Conor_smythe

      dont play with my emotions like that

    • Tooks

      Its not nice to tease!

  • just saying

    Spezza on the third line – time to trade him

  • The Apostle

    Hey Hax – Brian Burke reads Chirp Ed

  • Alcatraz

    Did you hear that? Oh thats the sound of my work day being wasted with me hitting f5 on twitter waiting to see what number Huberdeau will wear for Ottawa hahaha…Thanks Chirp

    • The Apostle

      11 is available

  • hq8

    surprising to see how many people want to trade a 2009 #9 overall so readily in Cowen……..

    • Alcatraz

      I’d be happy to see him blossom
      But if we could get Huberdeau yikes haha

      • hq8

        have to be careful with cowen. the potential is high, there will be growing pains. again, maybe not having played a full season in Bingo is the factor.

        • Tooks

          If Eberle is coming back, Cowen who?

          • hq8

            yes, but like you said in the case of FLA – would obviously be stupid on either team’s part.
            so why even suggest it?

          • Tooks

            Cuz FLA and EDM are known for doing stupid things! :P

          • hq8

            dont know about FLA’s trading history since Tallon took over – although everyone raves about their drafting and prospect pools under his nose.
            and Edm – well they sure looked dandy in the Paajarvi+2014 2nd Rd for Perron trade. Mactavish is not Tambellini.

      • Jacques

        Huberdeau would be like winning the lottery and Euge would have asses in every seat every night.

    • aegiszx

      Brian Lee. Drafted 9th overall.

      We should have… COULD have gotten Kopitar, Staal, Oshie, Rask…

      Where you are drafted doesnt mean much…

      • Sandy

        Don’t remind me of Muckler’s incompetence.
        He had 2 full time scouts and a couple of part timers.
        It was said that in Murray’s first draft.. with Muckler’s scouts.. Murray asked about a particular player from the WHL… What was incredible was that Muckler’s scouts had never watched the kid play. It’s in Canada, FFS… and the scouts didn’t see the WHL play?
        That’s why Muckler sucked at drafting..

  • Tony Gallo

    Well its officially F5 time for me…

    First with the FL rumours now got a text from Edm…

    Looks like Craig MacTavish called a meeting with his advisors at 12:30 and yet to have emerged… as per a source who works in the Edmonton org.

    Not sure if this has anything to do with the FL/Ott rumours… but very interesting.

    Guys I know Edm is interested in (from Ottawa): Spezza, Smith, Cowen, Wiercioch, Anderson, Lehner, Zibanejad

    Guys Edm willing to trade: Gagner, Yakupov, Hemsky, Dubnyk, Eberle, Smid, RNH (if more experienced elite C came their way)

    My personal feeling is that if the FL rumours are true, BM might have called MacT to tell him “Last chance on Cowen/Anderson”…

    TGIF… expectations of a productive work day is already low!

    • Alcatraz

      Would like to believe this to be true, but doesn’t Gagner have a full NTC, therefore I question the legitimacy of this “rumor”

      • Tony Gallo

        His NMC kicks in the 2014/15 season

        • Alcatraz

          Good call..Legitimacy re-instated?

      • Tooks

        Would like Gagner but we already have Turris, unless Spezza goes the other way for Eberle.
        Mac Turris Ryan
        Michalek Gagner Eberle
        Nah…

        • Tony Gallo

          IMO if Spezza goes RNH has to come back… Gagner would be a step back if the cost is Spezza… even if we get Eberle in the deal. We can probably get Eberle (or the equivalent player) in another way without touching Spezza

          • sprucesens

            spezza + Cowen + Andy for Eberle , Nuge and Dubnyk?
            talk about a blockbuster if that happened.

          • hq8

            those kinds of trades remind me of what the flyers have been doing the past three years. or even the rangers. a lot of big swings resulting in big time misses.

          • sprucesens

            very true, but fun to speculate

          • Tooks

            NYR hasnt missed…Nash is injured, doesnt make it a bad trade. Brassard is doing awesome! Lundqvist finally coming back to form. NYR will be a playoff team and they will be dangerous.

          • hq8

            bad trade? who said anything about bad trade.

          • Tooks

            I dont think we would need to send Spezza, they want a goalie and D. Andy/Lehner + Cowen should fetch us some pretty good players, like Eberle, Gagner, Yak.

    • Sandy

      They can keep Yakupov…
      I don’t believe the rumoured trade of Andy + Cowen for Huberdeau + Gilbert.

      Who would become the back of Lehner?

    • The Apostle

      If we got Eberle I’m not sure I could cope. It would be like the end of the cialis commericals.
      “See a doctor if you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours.”

      • Tony Gallo

        LOL no kidding… imagine Ryan AND Eberle flanking our RW? I’d be seeing my doctor also…

      • Jacques

        I’ve been saying this for months and everyone has been giving me grief.
        Cowen and Andy for Eberle the money matches.

        And then maybe Spezza waves his no trade to go to Florida. Haha ok just going overboard. I like Mathias and Huberdeau obviously from Florida.

  • sprucesens

    I LOVE TRADE RUMOURS! lol.
    Cowen + Andy for Eberle + dubnyk?
    Da Costa + Greening + Andy + 2nd for eberle and hemsky?
    Cowen + Andy for Huberdeau and Clemmenson?
    Probably all crap rumours, and i’m not actually a fan of trading cowen or andy. Just because the rumour said to include a goalie… Value’s probably aren’t accurate, but its fun anyways.
    Also did Pmac actually shave his stache off, or is that just photoshopped?

  • spezzerman

    trading Cowen right now would be a colossal mistake.

    • Tooks

      He has done nothing to show we should keep him. You have to face the facts, IF someone is willing to give us a premiere player in Hubby or Eberle, then its a no brainer. You dont keep a player on potential, you take the proven player everytime!

      • Jason

        Lol you’re being ridiculous, we aren’t getting Huberdeau or Eberle for Cowen! Cowen is 22 yrs old and he was injured for the entire season last year, cut him some slack.

        • boom

          Fair enough, but Tookie was (likely) responding to the “trading Cowen right now would be a colossal mistake” comment.
          When replying to a blanket statement like that, you can (and should) propose any trade to prove the point.

        • Tooks

          Not for Cowen alone, that your right, his value has dropped. But packaged with somebody with value, its an enticing offer.

      • spezzerman

        If Huberdeau was a Sen, fans would be calling him a bust for pacing out a 35 point season.

        • Tooks

          In 46 games? Those fans are idiots.

          • Conor_smythe

            no, i think he means this year. on pace for 35 in 82

    • hq8

      yup.

      think cowen has proven his worth to the team heading into this year – hence the contract. otherwise would have been traded already or sent to Bingo.

    • boom

      Would that not depend on the return?

      • spezzerman

        Of course but IMO in 5 years he is the biggest impact player involved in this deal. Its silly to judge him based on his past 25 games.

        • Conor_smythe

          its silly to judge him on anything he’s done in the NHL so far in his career

          if there’s one guy who should’ve spent time in the AHL, its Cowen

          He’ll be good once he catches up

          • spezzerman

            he’ll be great.

  • MikeS

    On the plus side phillips playing with karlsson will give him his best chance to score, and we all know what happens when phillips scores

    • Alcatraz

      Everyone gets a free round at Big Rig?

      • MikeS

        Sens win when phillips scores, or atleast like 90% of the time

        • Tooks

          So wait, is Karlsson going to be playing lesser comp or is Phillips playing tougher comp? Who got bumped up or down?

          IF Phillips got bumped up, were fucked….Karlsson making mistakes with Phillips to compound them…lol

          • boom

            Either way, I don’t like it. On a team that has a clear cut number 1 D, you need to put him with the clear # 2 and play them alot – like they did last year. Let the bottom 4 work themselves out.

  • hq8

    Jim Nill just dropped a bombshell: that sens would have picked Pronger instead of Daigle. Only went for Daigle because he was from Quebec.

    • Sandy

      Whoever was running that draft was very stupid…. Who was it?

      • Conor_smythe

        Stupid enough to get a full time management job in the NHL

        I’d love to be that stupid

      • Alcatraz

        Yes and no

        Consider this year and Mackinnon vs Jones. Somewhat similar hype of a forward vs impact of a dman. Daigle was supposed to be the next big thing

        Hindsight is always 20/20

        • spezzerman

          Also imagine the marketing factor was huge in an emerging market trying to establish itself inbetween montreal and toronto.

  • John

    It’s been repeated in several places that the team is no longer giving away as many free tickets. What this means is that attendance is now more reflective of the reality. They’re likely trying to encourage more walk-up buyers. That’s the major issue with the team being out in Kanata. The high pedestrian traffic downtown can’t randomly decide to attend the game. Secondly, Ottawa has 10 home games in November and 11 in December. This compared to only 10 away games in that entire 2 month period. It’s just not really feasible to expect people without seasons to want to see 5+ games in a month. There are too many home dates too close together and that makes ticket sales sag. That combined with the teams slow start and the departure of Alfie and this is what you get. Until Ottawa can develop stronger corporate partnerships buying tickets and we’ve been here another 25-50 years growing the fan base it’s just going to continue. It’s improving, but the pace is glacial. Fans need to get comfortable with that. That’s why its so important to maximize the revenue the building can generate through other means like concerts and the like.

  • Sandy

    We don’t need to lose D … we need to gain D…
    That’s the issue right now… defense.
    I’m willing to give Weircioch & Cowen time to develop. It’s a longer learning curve for defensemen and it’s certainly longer than 1 NHL season.
    Pairing those 2 young D together was a recipe for disaster to start the season. Mostly road games… and you know those 2 would get the top pairing against…

    • RUSH RLZ

      What if FLA ate a bit of Campbell’s salary, like Buffalo did with Vanek? Maybe the shitty start, weird weather and lukewarm attendance is getting The Euge all riled up to spend some $$$.

      • Sandy

        Is the low attendance affected by the poor performance on the ice. Or is it the fan base upset with the Sens over the departure of Alfie. Or is the fan base tired of Melnyk’s mouthing off. Or is the fan base not spending to go to games.. as Melnyk is not spending to improve the team…
        Or is it all of the above.
        Don’t like the Friday/Sun games… that was usually the 67′s playing then…
        Much prefer Saturday games..
        As bad as they have played… only 3 of the 12 games they lost was by more than 1 goal… the other losses were by 1 goal only…
        Someone else noted it…
        3-0-1 against the East
        1-6-1 against the West

  • Conor_smythe

    anybody paying attention this #winnertakesall

  • NickofTime

    With two down, I’m now waiting for BM/PM to do something with Condra & Conacher. Hopefully as soon as Stone is fully recovered from his shoulder injury he will be called up to replace Condra on the roster. Maybe he can get some picks for those two.

    I would like to see this lineup, at least two goal scorers on each line, two defensively responsible players on each line & size & grit on each line. Three scoring lines & a big tough checking line & two good PK guys on each line as well.
    MacArthur – Spezza – Michalek
    Z. Smith – Turris – Ryan
    Greening – Zibanejad – Stone
    Robinson – Grant – Neil/Kassian

    • sprucesens

      i’d keep conacher over grant and greening. Put smith down to 4th line, conacher on 2nd and can flip flop greening and grant.

  • Senut

    game one of an eight game streak
    starts tonight

  • Senut

    have we seen Spezza and MacArthur yet ,
    or Mickalek/Turris or,Zibby and Conacher ?
    those last two had some success last year
    but all the talk has been about where to put
    Bobby Ryan

    I also think the D shuffle was to give Cowen less
    minutes rather than a reflection of the other D-men
    though they haven’t been great either

  • Floridasensfan

    I like the MacArthur Turris Ryan line
    I also Like Lehner in goal, lets see how things play out.

    Please no Phillips on the power play tonight.

  • Mitchell

    just a thought but last year we lived off left-overs all our stars were out. that made us stronger that we were running on fumes and had something to prove that we weren’t one trick ponies. Now we’ve inserted a 30+ goal scores (Ryan) and a 20+ goal scorer (MacArthur). now that we have great lines people aren’t playing the same part they did less year. they’ve loosen the grip on what they had expecting the shooters to shot, score and win. well shots and goals were getting but we are not! getting the defensive measures we had last year. the is no heart in are game. either we lose this way and bodies go out the door to get the message across or they start playing with some integrity. Which is unlikely considering there last 12 games.

    Turris – Spezza – Ryan
    MacArthur – Zibanejad – Michalek
    Conacher – Smith – Neil
    Greening – Grant – Condra
    X Kassian

    Methot – Karlsson
    Phillips – Gryba
    Weircoich – Cowan
    X Corvo

    Anderson
    Lehner

  • karlssens

    Off to a brutal start.. This team has 0 confidence.

    • Conor_smythe

      you talk too much

      • karlssens

        You think they’re off to a good start? You’re gunna make a great coach if you ever manage to have kids..

        • Conor_smythe

          whats the score?

          • karlssens

            Thanks to Lehner it’s 0-0

  • Aaron 2.0

    Just tuned in late, after a visit with the in-laws. How’s it going so far?

  • Jason

    Mac is a funny guy. Scratches Corvo after games when he continues to put up points and provide offence from the blueline. What is he doing?

  • yannrock

    All the empty seats at CTC is embarrassing. What’s wrong with people in Ottawa?

    If I still lived there, I would definitely be at the game.

    People bitch about the owner, yet people don’t seem to support the only real pro sport team in the city. How can the team afford any upgrades when they can’t even sell out a hockey game in a Canadian market.

    Sorry about the rant., but that shit pisses me off.

    • Terry

      I saw on Broker4Tickets you could get level 100 seats for 80 today!! And I live in the province of Flames and Oilers?!? Anyone out there need a Journeyman Electrician/Safety Officer?? And then convince my wife to move?

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Team bites man and it’s the Islanders. Yeah they have Tavares and Vanek but that isn’t an elite team. The barn will be full when the Habs roll into town next week, no worries. No one will be there to see Dallas Sunday though.
      TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Condz!!

    • yannrock

      No way! Condra scored? Awesome!

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Surprising eh.

        • yannrock

          pleasantly, yes

  • Aaron 2.0

    Bruttle giveaway there by NYI. And, we score. Love that reversal of fortune. And, Condra!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    WOW MIKA. CONTINUE TO SHIT ON PAUL MACLEAN.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      OH, but Da Costa had a “better camp”… okay. Mika for the win!!!! Future star on this team!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Alright! Some real spotty goal-tending from Nabokov. Lets not let this lead go now, and keep up the pressure!

  • yannrock

    Free Mika!

  • Jacques

    Lehner has given up 7 goals on about 135 shots – not too shabby. Let’s get him lots of games now.

  • yannrock

    Always happy when they unleash the Lehner

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Guys. I think Lehn’s better than Andy………… :/ I dunno, what ya’ll think..

    • yannrock

      Too early to tell I think. But so far seems that way

    • Jacques

      Lehner has to play, Andy and his wife want to go back to Florida.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I think Andy was just beat down. He was being asked to do way too much way too often.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Interesting opinions.

  • karlssens

    The sens allowed 18 shots that period.. Don’t let a bad goalie distort how bad that period was for Ottawa. They have to play much better still.

  • Terry

    How are the new “Lines” fairing? My phone told me they are getting outshot brutally!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Kyle Turris is so good. His zone exits/entries are so key.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Missed most of the 1st, but Lehner looking real strong tonight.

  • MikeS

    Wow….

    • Terry

      what happened?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    …………………….

  • yannrock

    The sky is falling again

  • Terry

    what the @%@$@$????? I leave for a minute and they friggin tied the game?

    • Terry

      And I am not even watching the game?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    If the Sens lose to the Isles at home…… I just don’t know…

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Shots are 32-11 for the Islanders….. We need some D-help. Badly.

      • Terry

        32 to 11 in the second period?!! Are they going for another record??

  • QSenFan

    Phillips let up on 91, other goal was a bad bounce…whatever. sens are playing well

  • Colin

    Bobby Fucking Ryan did that one good!

    • Terry

      a nice snipe?

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        bangs home rebound. Nabby has been very shabby.

        • Terry

          I’ll take it, if they are going to the net its a good sign!

        • Jacques

          Good rhyming!

      • Colin

        He was at the end of his shift, moved the puck deep into the Isles zone and went to the net and banged in a rebound.

        • Terry

          works for me

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    booby ryan!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Nice move by MacArthur. Well deserving of a goal. Has produced consistent offense every single game. Underrated player

  • MikeS

    yay

  • Terry

    C’Mac’s first!! Nice!

  • Colin

    Wow! Clutterbuck looked like he took both barrels on the way down

  • Zorav

    …this is just wayy too repetitive.

  • Colin

    Oh look. We have a lead. Queue the parade to the box to start the self-destruct.

    Shit! It’s becoming very difficult to remain optimistic.

    • Terry

      Stupid penalties?

      • Colin

        Yep. Two quick ones for a long 5 on 3. Killed it though!

  • aegiszx

    We may have a Norris trophy D, but the rest of the corps look like a midget team… Awful, awful defense…

  • Jacques

    For some players it’s still a struggle!

  • Aaron 2.0

    The good: Turris’ line looks great, as always. Lehner is playing great. Karlsson looks good too. The bad: Time to end the experiment with Spezza on L3. He needs to have a much more important role on this team, and his partners are not getting it done. What is the coach doing pairing Cowen and Gryba. They are having a horrid game.

    I don’t know if we will be able to kill all these penalties, but the team needs to stick with it either way. Nabokov has let in 4 bad goals so far. More are certainly possible.

    And, thank God we’re not Philadelphia. What happened to that team. Yeesh!

    • Jacques

      Spezza really looking like a third liner! Sorry to say this but he’s having trouble.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Really, you think so? I thought there were a few times tonight where he just didn’t have any player support. Definitely not a good night for that line.

        • Jacques

          He has to skate, it isn’t an All Star Game.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Fair enough.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I feel bad for Spezz. Mac is embarrassing him and wasting his time out there with friggin Chris Neil. Slap in the face.

    • Terry

      How is Spezza playing? Other then having less then adequate linemates?

      And I guess that is one way to make Spezza ask for a trade….

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        He should reunite him with CC and 9MM. They played fine earlier on in the season. Don’t like what Mac’s been doing, he’s too aberrant with his decisions.

        • Terry

          I have to agree, the constant line juggling isn’t working. And even if Spezza isn’t playing well PM needs to let The Captain battle through it and become an even better player. Dropping him to the 3rd line is not going to do it.

      • Floridasensfan

        I was just thinking if we are going to play spezza on a line with neil we may as well trade him, waste of talent and money.

  • Terry

    Condra is done for the game with a leg injury?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Excellent excellent penalty kill.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Huge, huge kill. Lets build some momentum here!

  • Terry

    Get Spezza on the ice!!!!

  • Colin

    Too many passengers on that shift.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Nice goal …

  • Colin

    Most amazing stat tonight is that Peter Regin has actually played into the 3rd period without getting injured!

  • IAmThePaulrus

    I’m @ work right now following the game through TSN’s tracker. how do the guys look tonight? the shot differential is just terrible. Is it our d in our own zone allowing them to generate a lot of second chances or are the isles getting a lot of perimeter shots and rebounds? I know Lehner’s rebound control can be a bit suspect @ times but even though we are scoring goals it’d be nice to see the numbers a bit closer.. thoughts?

    • Aaron 2.0

      NYI just seem to have a lot of space tonight. D playing way, way too far back. Defensive break-downs continue too.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We need to trade for a defensive defenceman.

  • Jacques

    TUrris works his f-ing ass off every shift.

  • Jacques

    Ryan is a load, working hard. Glad Nash said no! Ryan is getting better every game. TUrris and Ryan work real well together.

  • Colin

    Shots 53-26/ Keep it up Robin

  • aegiszx

    WE GOT A POINT. GUYS WE GOT A POINT. PLAN THE PARADE.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Michalek’s skating seems to be back. I’d pair him up with Spezza in OT. Turris and Ryan. Maybe Zibby and MacArthur. And, just keep Karlsson on the whole time!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      If only. Mac does his own thing.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Well, Lehner sure has had some practice tonight for the SO. I know the refs want to put their whistles away in overtime, but if NYI score on one of those obvious penalties…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Screw Paul Maclean.

  • karlssens

    Good lord.. Were in trouble lol

  • Jacques

    Now what?

  • karlssens

    Let the rumors swirl..

    Again, bobby, Turris, and Mac played well. But, thats about it..

  • Aaron 2.0

    Lehner really deserved better for the way he played. I don’t think we deserved a single point tonight; thank Nabokov for that. Until the defense gets better it just takes too many goals to win, and puts too much pressure on the forwards.

  • yannrock

    Why wasn’t Turris on for the shootout? He has been our best player this season.

    • Senators Pundit

      Seriously. Michalek? Is that some kind of sick joke?

  • yannrock

    Not sure what is happening, but I’m losing my Trustache

  • Sensturion

    All you can do is laugh… cause this is clearly a joke.

    • Sensturion

      “Two goal lead? The team will win, surely!” said no Sens fan ever. And don’t call me Shirley.

  • Kinger

    If this honestly keeps up for another 10 games.. McLean will be fired and Luke Richardson will be brought up to try and fix this mess…. but really our shitty owner needs to ponie up or sell this team to someone/group that actually wants a winner and not use this team a leverage for a damned casino.. only roughly over 15000k in attendance tonight.. shit is rolling down hill real quick. Look what happens when you let the face of the franchise walk.. starting to see sign’s everywhere. Honestly I may be over reacting… but letting 50+ shots a game in what? 3 games within less then 2-3 weeks.. TOTAL GONGSHOW. /end rant.

    • yannrock

      Attendance was embarrassing. So many empty seats.

  • Sensturion

    Really? The title for the game recap is “Point Taken” as if we stole a point from NY. A better title would be “Point Given”.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Next game, reunite Spezza & Michalek. Put Corvo back in for Cowen or Gryba (take your pick). Lehner should start again; he deserves it for tonight’s game.

    Last post for tonight, I promise. I know I post too much during games – I watch on my Laptop via Gamecenter, so it’s just too easy to do.

    • yannrock

      I also watch games on my laptop.

      I live in Asia so this is the only place where I can rant about the Sens.

      Mind you, that game was not worth waking up at 6:30am for.

      We need to win some games. My GF is a Leafs fan.

      I have no leg to stand on right now when we talk hockey.

      Something needs to change

  • Sensturion

    In 2012-2013, Turris, the top scorer on the team, had 0.6 points per game. We made the playoffs. This year the team has 4 ppg players and we’re 5 points out of the playoff picture with little show of improvement. It’s still early, but something has got to give…

  • Millennium

    What the hell has happened to Paul Maclean this year. These lines are Clousten-esque.

    As for attendance, that’s embarassing. I’ll bet EM is regretting letting Alfie walk if there’s even a hint of a correlation between the two issues.

    I’d argue this is all a conspiracy to tank for McDavid, but we’d have to have a 1st round pick for that….

    Cowen is a trainwreck. Far and away the worst player on the team. And he had the nerve (or smarts) to hold out.

    • Kinger

      In some shadow of mystery of hope, I sure to god hope Murray and Paulrus have some sort of arrangement to let this team take a noticeable slide to piss Eugene off as much as possible to force his hand and bring the needed help in.. and stop being a penny saver. Purely fantasy… but one can dream…. one can dream!

    • Ryan

      Mcdavid isn’t in this years draft, so at least we will still have our 1st next year if this continues….. The only good thing that makes not having a 1st this year not seem like a huge loss is that they say its one of the weakest draft in years…

  • Kielbasa

    So how do fans of this team come out being positive with a fourth loss in a row? Nobody can claim that they dominated and played a full 60. The unacceptable number of shots against is ridiculous. Coaching staff need to be held accountable. Giving up not one…but two 2 goal leads. Unbelievable.

  • hq8

    where is that schedule argument now?

    a team with a similar record, two days since last game, home game etc etc. oh and another shit goalie on the other side.

    again, i dont know how this is a personnel issue because the same people played much differently last year. infact the new additions are performing good in Ryan, MacArthur, Conacher and even Corvo is somewhat productive. so we should on-paper have a better product on the ice.

    there is something funny going on. if this continues, these guys will get the coach fired. but i have to say, Maclean is not doing himself any favors by keeping the same PP coach and by insisting to play washed out players in Chris Neil and Chris Phillips. Infact, if he want to show he means it by saying the best players play, he will bench Neil and Phillips and play Kassian and Corvo instead.

  • lbernier

    All I can say is Chris Phillips you really sucked tonight dear god!!!

  • lbernier

    Andre Petterson needs to be called up he has been playing some great hockey same with Hoffman give a chance to these guys that want to play same with Ceci!!!! I am very pissed at Chris Phillips tonight he was just lost on the ice. He needs to wake up by being scratched next game!!!! Who Agrees?

    • timwrx

      Pettersen hasn’t played in 4-5 games. Hurt.

  • hq8

    atleast these guys dont play saturday, otherwise that turd glenn healy will have all the material he needs to satisfy his leafs propaganda

  • IAmThePaulrus

    I’m still cautiously optimistic the coaching staff will sort these boys out by the 20 game mark but that Defense group needs some foot speed in a serious way. Cowen (not the fastest) missing camp, Gryba and Corvo won’t win any fastest skater awards and Phillips has been a very likeable restaurant owner this season but very few of those skills translate to the sport of hockey. take some pressure of the forwards to score 4-5 goals a night and hopefully a quantity for quality trade can be made for a top 4 d that will provide some real jump

  • lbernier

    Ryan-Turris-MacArthur
    Petterson-Spezza-Hoffman
    Greening-Smith-Michalek
    Conacher-Grant-Neil

    Karlsson-Methot
    Cowen-Ceci
    Borocop-Corvo

    Lehner
    Anderson

    That is the lineup I would want to see vs Stars on Sunday. We need to give other guys an opportunity. Especially Ceci and Borocop….nobody can make the argument that Ceci and Borocop giving a shot would hurt us on defense right now!

    • Millennium

      of all the D to scratch, you leave Cowen in. The guy is a total liability. At this point I would dress Phillips, Gryba, Corvo, and Weircioch all over Cowen. And thats not saying much for any of them…

    • Ausiesen

      And Ziby sits why?

      • lbernier

        oops yes you are right put Zibby where Smith is and move Smith to the 4th line and scratch Grant

    • Jacques

      Barring a trade for now, I would agree with a lineup like that.

  • MikeS

    Last year I was so sure of leads I would turn the game off if they were up 2 in the third. Now I dont think I would be confident if they were up 4 in the third

  • Andersonfan40

    The defence needs fixing! Murray needs to make a trade for defencemen.

    • Tony Gallo

      The way they’re playing they need more than 1 defenceman. What they need is to replace the leadership role that was left by Alfredsson… someone who can relate with the younger players, and who will push the idea of good work ethic and work as a team.

      I love Spezza, Neil, and Philips, and out of the entire team “I guess” they might be the “logical” choice… but truth be told, I really dont think we have anyone who has true leadership qualities that can actually do the job well.

      Its nice that we’re now hating PMac… but give him a break… he lost a very important leadership piece that brought the players on board with him. Coaching hockey in the past I know how important it is to have a good captain on the team, because if they’re not on the same page as the coach and enforce the rest of the team to believe in the coach, the team will be playing like the Sens are now.

      • Andersonfan40

        Do you think Murray should have signed Brenden Morrow after seeing Alfredson signing with the Wings?

        • Tony Gallo

          Instead of Clarke? Yeah actually he would have been a better fit in my opinion…. Clarke has a small edge on offense and is younger (6 years I think)… but production wise Brenden would be pretty close, he has a defensive mentality, easy going with coaching staff, and has great leadership qualities… all that for 1.75M less than MacArthur. Might be a good idea to go after him and sign next offseason if we do something with Michalek.

  • Floridasensfan

    well that game was brutal to watch, seems like the coaching staff wanted to see a loss.
    Lehner was amazing, stood on his head like others said.
    Must be a battle going on with the coach and BM EM this seemed like a statement game, or coach and the players, definitely a rift game.
    One positive, our power play we had with out Phillips and Turris on the point was a thing of beauty to watch even with no goal.
    Pmac is shitting the bed this year, coach of the year must have went to his head.
    They keep Spezza Neil line together attendance will go down a lot further than last night.
    Or Phillips on the power play, who wants to watch that again.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    my eyes !! my eyes !! God seing Phillips on the ice with Karlsson is just so painfull !

  • Senator-Stanley

    Great to see a friend of mine Paul Beirne join the Sens organisation. Going to miss him with #TFC but am super pumped hes with Ottawa and in charge of tickets. Chirp you will like his twitter!

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    I know I might get flag for this but… Maybe having a guy that is so laid back / lazy as our captain has a bad influence on this team. Now that Vinny Lecavalier isn’t in TB anymore I think we have the laziest captain in the whole NHL.

    • Kielbasa

      Dumbest comment on here in ages. Congratulations.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    News reports of local hospitals claim an epidemic of alcohol poisoning.

    It seems there is a new game in town that is both dangerous and potentially deadly. The game involves fans taking a shot every time an Ottawa defenseman puts himself out of position.

    The head of Ottawa health would like remind citizens that consuming 20 shots every 10 minutes is extremely hazardous and should not be performed.

    End public service announcement.

  • NickofTime

    We just witnessed another Team Canada hopefull John Tavares show Spezza how he needs to play if he has any hopes of playing on Team Canada which at the moment is zero. That’s two games in a row that Toews & now Tavares (two centres Spezza would have to beat out) have out played & out performed Spezza by a large margin & proved why they are the better players.

    Are they playing with better wingers yes, but why is that? Because Spezza hasn’t been able to find any chemistry with Ryan, Conacher, Michalek or anyone else on the team. So why is that? Because his play is unpredictable, his teammates don’t have any idea what he is going to do & never seem ready for a play they didn’t anticipate. Spezza plays an east/west game while most of the other players on the team play a north/south game & Spezza doesn’t seem to want to conform to this. It doesn’t surprise me that PM is trying to send him a message.

  • karlssens

    Boroweiki brought up, wouldn’t surprise me to see a trade happening now.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I figured that was coming. I’d probably insert Borowiecki and Corvo next game for Gryba and Cowen. Hard to guess what coach will do though.

    • Floridasensfan

      That is a great move Boro played well for us when he was here, nothing flashy just solid D, just what we need.

  • thepez

    Went to the game last night and was horrified with the amount of seats that were empty. Uncle Eugene should take notice that penny pinching Alfie is now coming back to haunt him. I truly believe that the effects of not signing Alfie are being felt at the ticket booth.

    As for the game, what a piss poor performance last night. Spezza was disinterested all night. all he did was dump and go off. The defensive zone coverage was abysmal. Unfortunately Bryan Murray is going to have to trade a guy in the room that is popular to get these guys attention if things don’t change. Goiing to the game tomorrow but really nervous about what I may see.

    • Floridasensfan

      Not sure its Alfie but we seem to have lost the all go no quit balls to the wall hockey.
      Last year and the year before that you knew for a fact if we were down a few goals going into the third no big deal, we can get it done.
      Have not seen much of that this year.
      The game we did see that was against Alfie, seems like we come to play when we have something to prove.

  • Jacques

    Hate to say this but wouldn’t surprised if Spezza was moved – where? Maybe Edmonton. And Andy to Florida…….

  • SENSible

    It totally appeared that Spezza had no interest in playing with Neil and Conacher. I see this as a rift developing between PMac and Spezza. Not healthy for sure.

    • Jacques

      I agree, like I said before was very strange a couple of weeks ago when MacLean said for the MOMENT Jason is fulfilling the captaincy for our leadership group? I found that bizarre, not a ringing endorsement for sure.

  • Jacques

    Big trade coming today I think.

    • Andersonfan40

      What big trade?

  • Andersonfan40

    I would like to see Murray trade for Wayne Simmonds!

  • Andersonfan40

    Another player I would like to see Murray trade for is Chris Stewart I would only like to see one of Simmonds or Stewart on the Senators. Also I would be happy with Matthias.