Game Day- Senators Season Ends in Pittsburgh

SensChirp April 13, 2014 244
Game Day- Senators Season Ends in Pittsburgh

A night after a home ice win over their divisional rival Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators play the final game of the 2013-2014 regular season tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playoffs were the goal for this team and in the end they fall a few points short.  Everything that could go wrong for this team did it seemed but inconsistent defensive play, significant goaltender regression and questionable player deployment are all to blame for a disappointing season.  There’s a strong core in place here in Ottawa but still some really important decisions to make this off season.

If you’re looking for positives in this disappointing season, it’s the way the team has played down the stretch. They’ve won four straight and seven of their last nine but the hole they dug themselves was just too deep.  You know they would love to end their season with another win over the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Penguins.

After tonight, the next time we see our Ottawa Senators, they may look entirely different.  The top line, in Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky all face uncertain futures heading into the off season.  There are as many as 8 or 9 defenceman in the organization that seem ready for the NHL level, which likely means someone could be on the way out.  There’s also a desperate need for another top pairing blueliner.  And remarkably, the defending Coach of the Year is on the hot seat.  Changes are coming, one way or another.

No word on today’s line up just yet but I would suspect we’ll see a similar line up to the one that beat the Leafs last night which would mean Matt Kassian remains a healthy scratch.  No morning skate so we’ll have to wait until game time to see how MacLean lines them up.

Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
MacArthur-Turris-Stone
Hoffman-Pageau-Condra
Greening-Smith-Neil

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Robin Lehner is expected to get the start in the Ottawa goal.  Tonight’s game can be seen on TSN with puck drop scheduled for just after 7:30 PM

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Great too see the boys finish the season strong and on fire! Shows you how good this team can be at times. On the other hand, The east playoff series are basically set and wow arent they ever good. Boston vs Detroit (Go Alfie) Tampa vs Habs Pits vs Columbus( I can see this going to 7) and Philly vs New york which is always fun to watch. Man I cant wait for playoffs. GO SENS GO The west is: Anaheim vs Dallas (Benn and Seguin vs Perry and Getzlaf) Chicago vs Blues. Minesotta vs Colorado (who would have thought the Avs would finish 1st) and La vs Shark. I dont know about you but I wish i could watch each of these series. Should be a good one.

  • Deadly

    The action in the Masters is awesome and the tournament usually starts on the back nine. hold onto your hat.

    • SensChirp

      Certainly going to get my $5 worth of entertainment today. What a start!

  • Jimmy!

    Hey Chirp – which sports book do you use?

    • SensChirp

      PartyBets. Combined with Party Poker.

      • Jimmy!

        Thanks. Are you happy with their set up? Also – have a quick question for you that I don’t want to publicly post. What’s the best way to contact you?

        • SensChirp

          I like it, yup. Use the contact form at the top of the page.

          • Jimmy!

            Will do.

          • Jimmy!

            Just sent a pm – any assistance would he helpful – thanks!

  • Sandy

    Hoping for a win to close the season… It seems that once they were officially eliminated, these guys wanted to prove to themselves, the organization and the fans.. that they can play competitive hockey.
    It’s so nice to see them play for pride down the stretch.. unlike last night’s opponent.
    Just less than a month ago… in 3rd place… 12 pts up on the Sens.. the fall from grace by the Laffs was awesome…
    Making the playoffs next season is going to be a lot harder than this year. The Sens need 6 top 6 forwards… no less. I don’t want to listen to Bryan Murray all next season say.. we need a top 6 forward..
    Changes have to be made.. especially on the defense. A decent asst coach for the special teams… and to me.. will go a long way to improve the team…
    There will be 15 teams fighting for 8 playoff spots.. with 2 of those spots going to Bos & Pitts. Det, Colu, Rangers, Philly, Sens, Leafs, Habs, Tampa…and more.. all fight for the 6 that are left…
    A quick start is what they need…

  • Jakester

    Spieth looking good right now! What a beautiful golf swing!

    • Deadly

      Don’t you think Bubba’s swing is beautiful?

      • Jakester

        Like Furyk’s not highly recommended! Lol

  • Pasky

    Hey guys, I thought the golf season wasn’t starting for us till tomorrow lol

  • Deadly

    Don’t worry Chirp. Back nine for 5$.

    • SensChirp

      Kid is in tough all of a sudden. Lots of golf left.

  • Deadly

    Back nine starts..what a great day..golf ..then hockey..can’t get any better than this.

    • SensChirp

      Need something special outta Spieth soon. Bubba looks damn good

      • Deadly

        Water ball…been there , done it but never at Augusta.

  • Yukon Cornelius

    I know Chirp already tweeted about it but I recommend everyone take a glance at the tweets Melnyk has favourited and is *probably/hopefully* going to answer tomorrow https://twitter.com/MelnykEugene/favorites

    I really don’t see why he would subject himself to this criticism, especially in favouriting some of these harsh tweets, if he didn’t have something worthwhile to day. Some of them are very critical about the internal budget and it restricting the team from being competitive.

    Let’s pray that tomorrow Melnyk responds to the worries about the internal budget and in the offseason he really puts his money where his mouth is!

    • Sandy

      Don’t hold your breath on him changing his internal budget. Will not happen..

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    GO SENS GO. Last game of the season!

  • Zelle

    I loved last night’s game and thought they did a lot of things right. PP was good for a change, so was the PK (many short handed chances). Break out from their own zone was impressive. Defense wise they weren’t bad at all. Offense was weird because they got so many chances but couldn’t finish. Like a 4v1 and not even a shot. But in any case I hope it’s a repeat performance tonight and they bring it to the Pens.

  • sprucesens

    anything more concrete about the brent wallace reply chirp? or just the same stuff you posted a while back. Also, to answer your other tweet, in my sens themed basement!

    • SensChirp

      Not much else to say beyond the fact that both sides seem ready to move on.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    A lot of people think this may be Spezzas last game as a senator

  • jtf927

    the focus this year should definitely be on the defense. we need one or preferably two top 4 dmen. i watching the game on TSN and Brent Wallace has been commenting that spezza is most likely on his way out. it will be sad, but it might be time for a change for the organization. i would like to see a more defensive minded mentality with the team next year, and we need players who commit and play that ideology. our focus for forwards next year should be mcarthur and ryan. keep lehner and andy. even though it was a disappointing year, the plethora of talent and young and upcoming players has me already excited for next year.

  • sprucesens

    missed the opening spezza interview, anything ineteresting?

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Nope, he was asked if he should approach this game differently and he avoided the question but answered it. I think he knows hes gone though just the way hes been responding to media the last few games

      • jtf927

        yeah. it really sounds like it eh? sad. will be the end of the era. i wonder if they will try to trade away his rights before the draft or free agency.

  • Sandy

    Hoping for a win tonight.
    I will be on the side of.. I will be pissed if this is Spezza’s last game in Ottawa… and IMO.. that’s all budget related.
    It’s Murray has to look at who he can sign budget wise between Ryan, McArthur, Hemsky, Spezza, Methot, Anderson.. I guess the $$$ is not there to pay Spezza..
    Dreger was all over the Sens trading Spezza at the deadline.. when Murray more or less called him a lier…
    Thunder and lightning in Barrhaven.. better not knock out the power…

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Thunder jsut begun in the south ottawa region. Really hope not too..

    • Zelle

      I was just thinking that…

      • Deadly

        West end ( Woodroffe / Richmond) just got nailed.Still power.

        • Zelle

          Still power here too but huge thunder and big lightning have just started, south keys area.

    • Deadly

      Either way,with his back ,it is not only a money deal. If they sign him to a long deal they will be criticized. The team will lose either way but if we get good returns it will be fine.

  • Sandy

    Glad to see B-Sens in the playoffs…. Who’s the goalie in the playoffs? Lawson or Hammond?

    • Jakester

      Lawson, and he’s a good goalie!

  • luckan20

    I believe the B-Sens will get Ceci, Pageau and Stone. It will be a big boost for them.

    • Sandy

      I assume they would be back in Ottawa for the Tuesday cleanout.. and down to Bingo.. I think what would hold Bingo back from a long run.. is the goaltending..
      I haven’t been able to see any free online games like I have in the past on BSenshockeylive.. as it no longer follows it.
      Too bad Rogers channel 22 would not pick it up as they have in the past…

  • Sandy

    Let’s pray for 3 pts for Karlsson today… minimum 2 pts…. Gets that record for two 75 pt games for players under the age of 23…

    • Zelle

      Just think if he hadn’t gotten his achilles cut..

  • luckan20

    Like Sandy mentioned and hope it is not Jason’s last game in Ottawa uniform. Losing him in trade market is like taking 3 steps behind.

  • Millennium

    The worst part about moving Spezza is that with only a year left and his camp seemingly wanting out as well, we don’t be able to get what he’s worth in return.

    Also, if they make Neil or Phillips captain, I give up.

    • Deadly

      I think the worst part is that we just got Hemsky who seemed to gel with Spezza.

      • Millennium

        True, I expect him to walk if we trade Spezza. Which means the team is going to make some knee-jerk signing that will be a mistake to plug the holes in our top 6. Ugh.

        • Deadly

          Or maybe another MacArthur like last year. Or maybe look to the B Sens.

          • Millennium

            I know there will be options, I’m more concerned about the team making a rash decision after losing half their top 6 and 2nd franchise player in 2 years.

          • Deadly

            Like Kovelev..I think we are at a different stage .

          • Jakester

            They should try to pry Connolly out of Tampa. Listened to an EJ McGuire scouting report before he was drafted saying he would be dominant like Forsberg, For some reason has never happened in a Tampa. Seen him score Two end to end goals for Syracuse this year! Serious talent!

          • Jakester
      • Sandy

        That’s what sucks about this..
        This team now has two legit scoring lines… and that;s what you need

    • sprucesens

      although i don’t believe it really matters who has the letter on their jersey as far as leadership goes, it’ll be tough to be a sens fan if one of those 2 gets the C. If we are trading spezza, its time to fully move on.

      • Cicero

        Turris or EK will wear the C.

        • sprucesens

          that would be my votes as well. I would go with Turris C, Ek A, and Ryan A

      • Jakester

        If it happens hope they have the common sense to make TUrris captain!

    • ChampIsHere

      Trade Spezza for what? Just falling short of mcdavid? lool

  • Zelle

    Nice good job Neil

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Chris Phillips. I can’t believe he’s back next season.

    Any chance there’s a way we move him? Or is the org. really sold that he can still play? sheeshhhhhhh

    • Millennium

      Limited NTC. I’d love to see him dealt, but this organization’s priorities have been ass backwards all season.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Didn’t know he had that. Great….

        Just great. :(

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    ANyone doing a playoff pool?

    • jtf927

      we should do a senschirp playoff bracket on nhl.com.

      • Zelle

        That’s a great idea!

        • Moudy Mahfouz

          Include me in, and we should do a playoff poool

          • jtf927

            someone needs to organize. chirp? ;)

      • mr.slapshot

        I’d be up for that.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Bad goal

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Alfie was right, guys.

    • Deadly

      If you look at “a better chance” yes he was. But he could of gone anywhere he wanted. LA, St.Louis…he could of done better.

      • Sandy

        Detroit has to get by Boston the first round.. then maybe they could go on a run..,
        I just don’t think they do that.. unless Bergeron is injured…

  • Zelle

    Excellent PP goal again! Turris is in Spezza’s favorite spot haha

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    No cele. These guys are disappointed.

    • Zelle

      Of course they are… winning the cup is the only goal in their career. Fans think they are disappointed, but think of how the players feel.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I know.

  • CUP 2014-15

    NHL Officiating. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

  • Sandy

    Karlsson gets sticked in the mouth… cut.. and Greening gets the penalty? Then I checked who the refs were.. Tim Peel.. Says it all right there.

    • Zelle

      That hit was also close to boarding was it not?

    • sprucesens

      normally i’d agree, but that was nearly impossible to see karlsson getting hit in the mouth by a stick. even from our camera’s vantage point

  • xiorcal

    Why is tampa 3rd best in east playing montreal 4th best ?

    • CUP 2014-15

      2V3 is interdivisional

      • xiorcal

        that’s stupid

        • CUP 2014-15

          just the way it is and 1 seed v #2 wildcard and 2nd seed v 1wc. I still like 1v8 2v7 etc,

          • xiorcal

            i get the two division leader getting the 2 wildcards (chances are it still going to be 1-8 and 2-7) but i was sure they made sure the rest was going to be in order of strength.

          • CUP 2014-15

            The idea is to try to increase divisional rivalry

          • xiorcal

            I don’t think montreal is built to beat philly or nyr but i expect them to beat tampa in the first round.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Lol. The whole re-distribution process was stupid. 16 versus 14 team split in the East versus the West? That’s just bush-league, IMO.

          • Sandy

            Especially since those 2 ‘western’ teams in Det & Col came into the East and took 2 playoff spots this season…. and they will continue to do that..

          • Aaron 2.0

            Yeah, swapping Winnepeg for Columbus and Detroit was rough for sure (and will be for the foreseeable future). If I had to choose, I’d probably still prefer to be in the East with more teams than the West right now (with all the superior teams). But, there little organizational things (eg. unbalanced conferences) don’t make me think to highly of the league in general.

    • Cicero

      A1 v WC
      M1 v WC
      A2 v A3
      M2 v M3

      • Cicero

        A5 RULES
        A6 SUCKS

        whoopee for small victories

    • Millennium

      “In the first round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record. The top wild-card team will play the other division winner. The teams finishing second and third in each division also will meet within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the second round to determine the four participants in the conference finals.”

  • sprucesens

    so i just tried fiddling around with spezza trades. Nashville… Forsberg and Josi for Spezza and wiercioch…? anyone else have somewhat plausible ideas that could allow us an actual upgrade on D and still getting someone to play in spezza’s place? LA – toffoli and not sure what D. just some fun

    • Cicero

      I’m thinking Mika will step naturally into the 2nd-C position. He’s more than ready, and the Sens need to make this happen to move forward.

      • sprucesens

        i’m fine with that, but who’d you trade spezza for? i cant see us just getting picks. that wouldn’t fit with contending in the next couple years

        • runningbear1974

          scoring winger…

        • Cicero

          I really don’t know. Not picks. I’ve always thought someone like David Perron would be great. We need a scoring LW, and since they’re in short supply, the Spezza trade will be our only opportunity for a while. I like Toffoli, but I don’t know if we’ll get someone so young and promising (Forsberg, too) for an aging once-PPG C.

          • sprucesens

            i like perron, but i doubt the oil trade a bright spot they just aquired. But you never know i guess

        • Deadly

          Definitely need some assets back. There seems to be interest in a ppg player.Just not here in Ottawa.
          He has played here for long enough to lead the all time stats in every department,especially criticism.

          • Sandy

            Who becomes the whipping boy when he leaves?

          • Deadly

            Lollipop…Phillips.

          • Sandy

            So he’s the next one driven out of town?

          • Deadly

            Beer sales prevent that.He will grin and “beer” it.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Too easy, needs to be a quality player, Condra, Greening and such will not count. It will end up being someone that’s counted on and everyone can still hate on the other marginal guys.

    • Millennium

      Nashville would be nuts to make that trade. And we don’t need a C really.

    • Jakester

      Toffoli and Voynov floated that one out there many times.

  • luckan20

    Disheartening to watch these zebra clowns officiating.
    I have seen in many games against the Penguins that we are always screwed by the clowns against the NHL darling team.

    Mark my word that Jackets will beat them in play-offs. Jackets play tough game too and Babrovsky is better goalie than Fleury.

  • aegiszx

    The two series I will be keeping a close eye on (aside from all of them…):
    Detroit vs Boston (going to game 3)
    Hawks vs Blues (going to game 3)

    • Cicero

      Alfie might look like a prophet by the time it’s all said and done….

  • karlssens

    Spezzas line gets scored on at will lol

    • Deadly

      How many years has he been the lightning rod for all things negative. Who would blame him for looking for a change at the end of his contract.

      • T K

        Agree with you but Spezza haters need to take a deep breath and learn to live with it. He’s still one of the top offensive centers in the league. He’s finally got the creative winger that he has needed for the last 5 seasons. Time to turn him loose? Nope.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I dont get what Condra is doing there. Right in the middle of the ice when he could just dump in the neutral zone..

    • CUP 2014-15

      He had Hoffman on a fast break and he either faned on it or thought Hoffman was going to stop skating

  • Sandy

    As long as we don’t get this guy:

    Retweeted by Bob McKenzie

    Mike Harrington ‏@BNHarrington 43m

    And the end of OT also means Leino has gone through the season without a goal for the mere price of a $4.5 million cap hit. #Sabres

  • Deadly

    Stone killing another penalty tonight.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Hey all, not sure who wud be interested but I am debating creating a playoff hockey pool on. Onlinepools.com anyone would be interested?

  • karlssens

    I wonder what the odds are of spezza returning or being traded. 50/50?

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      I say 60 yes 40 no…but my gut feeling says he is

      • karlssens

        60 in favour of trading?

        • Moudy Mahfouz

          Yea

    • Millennium

      70/30 in favour of being traded, simply because if Chirp has accepted it as a likely possibility, it must really be likely. Also, Spezza not exactly denying it, and Wallace and Dreger both expecting a trade.

      • Sandy

        Like I put any faith in what Dreger says..

      • Aaron 2.0

        I missed Spezza’s comments. What did he say?

    • Cicero

      Odds are 81/19.

      Hmmm….Spezza for Kessel? ;-)l

      • Zelle

        I’d prefer not giving Spezza to the Leafs lol

      • Sandy

        Sure Kessel is such a good 200 ft player

  • xiorcal

    This game is more boring than any sens game i can remember.

  • Deadly

    In the dirty area…Stoner

    • Cicero

      Mr. Tenacity.

    • Aaron 2.0

      There’s very few as good as him that close. Love what I’m seeing from him, all around!

    • Millennium

      Maybe with Stone coming into his own, we can finally stop putting Neil on the PP.

      • Zelle

        Neil on the PP is actually producing PP goals though, he does a great job screening.

  • Millennium

    Guys like Stone make me happy we develop our talent. I could never cheer for a team that didn’t have a strong development system.

    • Zelle

      Not to compare Sens to the Leafs, but while I was watching a Leafs game they were saying how most of their players were traded in, and that they barely develop anyone in the farm system. That’s sad…

      • Millennium

        Yup that’s exactly what I mean. They try to plug holes in a sinking ship by trading away all their draft picks, drafting shitty with the remaining ones, and rushing their players into the league too soon. Then they trade them away after a couple years with less than stellar results. They try to mish-mash their way to the playoffs with no system, no depth, no organizational integrity.

        • CUP 2014-15

          That’s a great assessment, adding in that continued bad contract tie their hands, just finished paying off Tucker this year or last. Used both compliance buy outs, goes on and on, Thankfully our GM has done a pretty good job on the contract front. Just see Karl and Turris’

      • Aaron 2.0

        Some serious impatience on growth and development has had a very negative effect for that organization. To be a good GM in that market, you have to be as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot-sauce.

        • Millennium

          Good Gms can’t exist in Toronto. They demand short-term results without investing in a system. They don’t care about winning, they care about money. Any GM who tried to tell Toronto brass and fans that the real solution is going to make them suck for the next 5-6 years would be canned immediately.

          • Zelle

            I feel like it could happen here too, in some sense. I mean one season of barely missing playoffs and so many people want Maclean fired.

          • Millennium

            We wouldn’t stand for it true, but we also wouldn’t have stood by as our team sucked for a decade.

          • Sandy

            What happens if they miss the playoffs next season? Nothing is guaranteed..

          • Zelle

            Not saying he should be untouchable, but missing the playoffs isn’t all at his feet. Not just that, but Sens missed 1/3 with him, and even at that it’s not like they were dead last in the league. Off season definitely needs to be big though, in terms of planing, strategy, and training.

          • xiorcal

            There was also a lot of new face this year. For me 2013-14 is the transition season. New captain, lots of young and new guys learning to take their place in the organisation (turris, zibby, mac, ryan, lehner). I hope Murray stick with the plan he draw 3 years ago this summer. Let mm9 walk try to keep spezz and hemsky and get one more top 4 dman and this team should be more than ok next season.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Haha. And, the effect of that approach was that team only making the playoffs once since the lockout (going back two lock-outs ago – lol). At some point, you think ownership will allow them to do it right. It’s not like the fans actually go anywhere.

          • Millennium

            The optimists in Toronto want to believe that hiring Shanny means they are gonna take development seriously. I’m not convinced though.

  • sprucesens

    not very much of spezza’s line tonight. protecting from injury????

  • SensFanInMTL

    J’aimerais juste mentioner que Craig Adams est la plus grosse plotte j’ai jamais vu.

    • I’m just sayin’

      I understood every word except “plotte”
      so it probably ain’t a nice one

  • Cicero

    This game goes well with NyQuil….

    • xiorcal

      actually this game is brought to you by ZZZquil

  • CUP 2014-15

    Gryba throws some big hits

  • karlssens

    This is so sad :’(

  • Cicero

    Stone is gonna be a star.

  • karlssens

    Chirp, you ready for 6 months of armchair GMing?? Loool.

    • CUP 2014-15

      What was the last 6 months? lol

      • Aaron 2.0

        I’d say it was probably a little more arm-chair coaching. Lol. Get ready for trade proposals and lots of them!

        • CUP 2014-15

          Up my meds now please

          • Aaron 2.0

            Bwahahahaha. Well, usually it’s just harmless fun. It does keep us all together over the summer. But, still, I’ll have what you’re having!

  • karlssens

    Just wanted to say thanks guys! It’s been a shitty year on the whole, but I don’t know what I would do without the senschirp family to talk to about it all haha. Let’s stay optimistic, and hope for a big summer!

    • Cicero

      Nice. My sentiments exactly. Lurked and finally signed on. It’s fun to contribute, speculate, and occasionally troll. Most of all, this Haligonian feels connected to Sens Army through the hockey season. Now….time to put on my GMs visor for the summer!

      Thanks, Chirp and all you crazy Sens fans!

  • jtf927

    man, i have been liking the play of our team this game. young guys like stone and hoffman have been giving us some grit, energy, and skill that seemed to be lacking all season. stoner and hoffman both remind me of mike fisher.

  • aegiszx

    Well, its been an awful year but at least its over… Hoping Ryan and Karlsson come back 100% next season, and Turris/Methot do well at the Worlds (should be interesting to see Turris/Tippett re-united).

    Until I see Mac and Spezza out, I wont believe it. And if it does happen, then god help us all. Cant help but feel that Eugene has been planning for Dave Cameron to be the next HC… Probably wants to reward him for staying with the organization for so long (3 years as B-Sens HC)…

    • karlssens

      Dave Cameron was a hire out of junior??

      • aegiszx

        He coached Bingo from 04-07 before moving back to the OHL. No doubt he remained in contact with his buddy Eugene all throughout though, and came back shortly after Luke Richardson left the big club to go down to Bingo.

        • karlssens

          Oh okay.. I never knew that.

          • aegiszx

            Yeah, his B-Sens were the top team in his first season as HC, before being upset in the first round of the playoffs… and then the next 2 seasons missed the playoffs.

  • Deadly

    Dragging the season out..

  • xiorcal

    Seeing them play like that in their own zone is such a nice way of reminding us of why we are not in the playoff lol.

    • Sandy

      This was Murray underestimating the defense… Thinking the young guys would be able to get the job done..

    • sprucesens

      yeah, that minute or 2 stretch was horrible

  • karlssens

    IF spezza is traded, who is honestly captain? Not Phillips..

    • Deadly

      Probably Turris.

    • aegiszx

      Karl has my vote.

    • Cicero

      Oh, there will be blood. No country for old men….

      • CUP 2014-15

        LOL

    • xiorcal

      If chosen by pmac Smith. But honestly if they trade spezz i think next year you have 3 A no C

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        LOL Smith. Probably true. Mac’s clueless as to how to run a team.

        • xiorcal

          This guys was coaching a team with no defense and still they finish the year above .500

          I dont like is use of the smith line but still think he is a good coach.

          • Zelle

            Smith IMO is a good player, he just plays on a not so great line.

          • xiorcal

            yep but when you need your team to wake up go with turris not smith. i.e. after a bad goal or to start the game or the period…

    • CUP 2014-15

      Methot Turris or even a new contract and a C for CMac, then there’s Karl.

    • karlssens

      I hope it’s Turris..

    • Aaron 2.0

      NOBODY! Lol. It’s what they should have done last season. When the longest serving captain left, why not just assign 3 A’s for one season, and see who steps up and take it. I’d adocate for that again, this time around (if Spezza is on his way out).

    • xiorcal

      let the player vote

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Alfie.

      • Sandy

        He’s not coming back as long as Melnyk owns the team…

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          I know I’m trolling. Miss him though.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Happy to see Lehner in another SO here down the stretch.

    • Zelle

      More practice!

      • Aaron 2.0

        Looking more patient in there!

  • Cicero

    Winner of BOS v DET will hoist the Cup!

    • xiorcal

      i think st-louis or boston this year

    • Sandy

      Don’t think so… but one of them definitely goes to the SCF… which will be Boston..

    • aegiszx

      I honestly think the winner of that series will be playing for the Cup… If Detroit beats Boston, the momentum and confidence they’ll carry into the second round will be scary… and vice versa.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I’ll play! BOS in 5. I really don’t have a lot of faith in that Detroit team. Stanley cup goes West – Take your pick.

        • aegiszx

          Detroit in 6, gruelling games. I think with Nyquist continuing to heat up, and Datsyuk returning, along with Zetterberg, and a hot Jimmy Howard, they’ll do well. This is a team that learned from last season’s series vs the Hawks… which is my pick to once again lift the Cup.

          • Sandy

            Jimmy Howard isn’t even close to the category of Tuuka Rask…
            Goaltending is the one weak spot on Detroit.
            It’s going to be a very good series. One of Iginla or Alfie will be very happy at the end.. Two old guys in the twilights of their careers still trying to get that elusive Stanley Cup.. I would be happy if either of them win….

          • aegiszx

            No, he’s not… yet. But this could be his break out series finally. Remember, Howard’s only been the Wings starter for a few years now since Osgoode retired… I think he proves to be the difference in the series!

  • karlssens

    That goal though..

  • Deadly

    Great way to end a career in Ottawa.

    • xiorcal

      I will only believe it when he is traded.

  • aegiszx

    lol “if its my last, I better make sure they remember it!”

  • Sandy

    Nice shootout goal by Spezza… I certainly hope we see more of that with him in a Sens uniform… But many will disagree with that..

    • sprucesens

      possibly including him

  • Millennium

    The western swing losing to Edmonton and Calgary, and the Montreal last minute collapse: 6 points, playoff spot.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    KEEP Spezza. Is it KNOWN whether he wants out or not?

    • Deadly

      Hopefully he and 83 will be back. Would be a strong top6.

      • Sandy

        If they want to compete to get into the playoffs… They need a good top 6. A full season of Spezza-Hemsky-Ryan.. with Turris-McArthur-Stone.. Then Hoffman-Zibby-Lazar — Smith-Neil-Condra… Pretty decent forward lineup.. The issue is the defense…
        Was really nice to see them finish off the season with wins… Played for pride..

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          I agree Sandy.

    • Cicero

      I’m hoping that the leaks of Spezza’s interest in exploring a move are part and parcel of contract negotiations and not a sign of an impending departure. But either way, I hope whatever happens is a win-win for all parties. Stay tuned!

  • Sicilian

    We move ahead one more spot, ahead of NJ and give ANA a lower pick with the last game left to us. They played well in the final few games

    • Sandy

      Maybe they are trying to prove to Murray to keep them as they are.. They appear to be such a tightknit group…

      But you don’t make the playoffs there is player movement. But I really don’t think they need a lot of player movement…

      • sprucesens

        a large portion of the bottom 6 will be changed from what we had at the start of the year. stone and hoffman likely in. condra and greening maybe on the way out. D will be changed also. Ceci in, and either 1 or both of PW and gryba out.

        • Sandy

          Personally I would prefer they keep Wiercioch. He played pretty decent when he came in. Then you could possibly have 3 puck moving D.. one on each pairing…

          • sprucesens

            i’m fine with keeping him too, i just think he’ll be the highest trade bait. But i guess it all depends on how BM feels

          • wild bill

            PW has good hands,skate,move the puck. Ranked a lot higher than BigRig in stats. Coyotes gave up on turris at 21.

  • Zelle

    What a great way to finish the season. Two SO wins for Lehner, one of his weak spots, and a tight, exciting win over the Leafs in regulation.

    Thanks for the board SensChirp, I’ve been enjoying all the great Sens hockey talk this season and I hope it’s still lively while we buckle up for the offseason.

  • xiorcal

    Well this was something. Expectation where high. Thanks to chirp for the place to vent and cheer during the season. Thanks chirpers for the fun evenings and not as fun afternoons ;-) See you around in the off season.

  • Sandy

    Seems like yesterday the season started… now it’s all over for the Sens for 5 mos… That’s a looooonnnngggg off-season. Well we do have a couple of Sens in the World Championships. Interesting it would be for Turris if Tippett is named head coach of the team..

  • CUP 2014-15

    Great finish to the season, it would have been easy to roll over. Thanks SC for your reporting and insight. I know I pissed some of you off, sorry and thanks for the debating. Busy sum for the management, hope ZBad is ok and to those I pissed off, Keep Spezza and this teams needs stay at home D not five offense…… lol Enjoy the summer all.

    • Michenator

      Phillips, Gryba and Methot are all stay at home D. Ceci is probably the most balanced of the bunch… Enjoy the summer!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Well if that was Spezza’s last game as a Senator, at least he provided us with one last highlight reel goal!

    • ChampIsHere

      pray to god it wasn’t, pray to god

  • Sandy

    Looks like Anaheim’s pick will be 10th overall.
    Saw something interesting on TSN.. Anaheim (Sens) don’t compete in the draft lottery for 1st overall. I assume that means.. they pick 10th…
    But I’m just guessing.. we will find out on Tuesday. Certainly better than it was a couple of weeks ago..

    • sprucesens

      why? is there a stipulation that the team that owns the pick has to have missed the playoffs to be eligble, not the team whose pick it originally was? Because the rules i was aware of, was every team that misses the playoffs has a chance, and i actually found that and posted it a few weeks ago. Every team that misses has a chance albeit tiny, to win the lotto. And they now win the top pick, not just moving up 4 spots

    • CUP 2014-15

      If Pho picks up a point they will move back in front of us. I find it interesting that a team like Nash wins big tonight and move up 3 spots on the draft ladder. If that’s my team, I am not happy with this one win.

  • aegiszx

    Let’s play devils advocate here… if you’re Spezza (he’s in COMPLETE control of where he goes)… realistically, where do you think he goes? In terms of teams that could use his skillset and systems he might thrive in… Top 3:
    1. Chicago (needs a no.2 C, been looking for years now)
    2. New York (chance to play with Richards, St Louis, and Nash WOW….)
    3. Tampa Bay (insurance behind Stamkos, their 2 other Cs are rookies I believe?)

    Teams he would most definitely NOT go to:
    1. Edmonton
    2. Buffalo

    Thoughts? I cant see him waiving to go to a team with an emphasis on defensive play like Boston, St Louis, or L.A.

    • sprucesens

      not chicago, i can’t see them selling us much to try and add more offense. they are the top team in that category. Although i would be curious about adam clendening coming our way. I would bet its a team in the west, can’t have spezza biting us in the ass 6 times a year, or however many times we would play. Tough to get a 7 mil cap hit in most of those places too. I posted nashville below, with a maybe on LA. I’m sure he’d be fine going to all 3 of the defensive places, because they are very good teams, but i doubt he would be a fan favorite or buy into the system properly. Tough to be a top team and trade for spezza, without giving up chemistry.
      I’m thinking a middle level team, like dallas, nashville, phx, and winnipeg. I doubt he accepts going to the peg though. But the other 3 are warm and not hockey central. PHX and nashville each have top D we would want. Dallas has some good players as well that could be had. Tough to say. I really hope chirp and other start chiming in soon, before we all get TOO crazy with our proposals. Could be a fun offseason thing, whoever guess the return for spezza, wins the contest?

  • Millennium
    • Sandy

      I assume he will still be doing the radio broadcasts?

    • I’m just sayin’

      GAWD !

      I’m hoping that Brownie the Clownie joins Jerkoff Jim Jerome at the fry
      station at the Harvey’s on Bank Street

      Brown is probably the worst play by play guy in all of hockey

  • Senator forever

    Any news on MZ?

  • Brutus5247

    Spezza will only go to a good team and the good team will have to give up good players to get him. Just hoping.

  • Andrews theory

    I don’t believe for a second this team is that far off.

    Top 4 D, better player deployment and a commitment to team defense this team is playing next week.

  • things that make me go hmmmmmm