Mark Stone Recalled from Binghamton

SensChirp December 31, 2013 77
Mark Stone Recalled from Binghamton

With Chris Neil expected to be sidelined for at least a couple games with a lower body injury, the Ottawa Senators will turn to the farm for some help.

And it’s appropriate that with the World Junior tournament in full swing, the Senators would turn to a former Canadian Junior hero.  Mark Stone has been recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League and is expected to be in the line up Thursday when the Senators host the Winnipeg Jets.

Playing on a line with Stephane Da Costa and Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone has been part of one of the hottest lines in the American Hockey League.  After missing 11 games with an injury, Stone is finally healthy and contributing offensively.  He has 5 goals and 5 assists in his last ten games played and has been a key player in the Binghamton Senators recent turnaround.

Da Costa and Hoffman have both had a look with the big team and now it’s time for Stone to show what he can do.

  • karlssens

    Excited to see what mark Stone’s got, hopefully he can start with a bang and play well.

    • mkjr

      I too am looking forward to seeing what Stone can bring. I always thought of him to be a little like Heatley in the sense that he’s not a great skater but has that wicked release.

      • Al Willig

        I just hope he can keep up.

        • Sensnation

          Is that a reference to the scouting report you read 2 years ago on his skating?

          • Al Willig

            No

        • mkjr

          I think he’ll be fine Al…as long as he stays within his game and not tries to do too much!

          • Al Willig

            I tend to think of pretty much every Senator in terms of “is this the kind of player who can help you win a Cup”. There are very few “perfect” hockey players out there, so by definition, most have a weakness and many have multiple weaknesses. It’s a matter of whether those weaknesses are such that it will prevent a team from winning a Cup and can the weaknesses be fixed/improved upon. For instance, Pageau and Conacher have similar weaknesses in that they’re small and can be “run over”. I think you can win with one such player but not two, in your lineup regularly. Stone’s weakness is clearly his speed and certainly, there have been many players who’ve not been great skaters, win Cups (hello; Brett Hull) and no one is complaining about the career Luc Robitaille put together.. It remains to be seen whether other weaknesses will be exposed when/if Stone hits the big-time regularly or. There’s no questioning his knack for scoring but if in “keeping it simple”, it prevents him from getting to the spots he needs to be to provide offense, that’s not very effective. I’m happy to take the ‘wait and see’ and wish him nothing but the best. I know he’s working hard on the skating part of his game and has improved. Looking forward to seeing how the total package comes together.

          • mkjr

            Sorry Al, but Stone seamed to HAVE great legs tonight!

          • Al Willig

            No need to be sorry. I love effective hockey players. :~}

  • Sensturion

    While I’d love for some of the players to make their Olympic rosters, I do believe (thanks a lot, Hasek!) that the less players that go to Russia, the better. Luckily Lehner is backup and unless Lundquist shits the bed, he won’t see any action.

  • Sensturion

    I guess if Stone has been recalled, Spezza is out much longer than anticipated? Meh. Sadly, the team has played better without him. Hopefully he notices and works harder out there when he comes back.

    • SensChirp

      Neil out

      • Sensturion

        Yeah, I know. I’m just saying that it means Spezza won’t be playing on Thursday.

    • sben

      stone is a winger. It doesn’t affect spezza in any way.

      • Sensturion

        Zibanejad can play the wing too. All I’m saying is that we know Spezza isn’t playing on Thursday.

        • Tooks

          Ya Spezza is out with probably and leg issue, seems that way as he hasnt been pushing off as he usually does. Something was off in his skating.

    • Tooks

      We wont win in the long run without a #1C, couple games is nice but it wont last.

      • FistsofNeil25

        What makes you think that? There are lots of teams that win without a number one center. Spezza hasn’t played like a number one center this season. He’s clearly lost a step due to his back and groin issues. If he needs some time off to heal up then he should take as much time as he needs.

        If we could make the playoffs last season without Spezza, Karlsson, Michalek, Cowen, and Andy for a long stretch of time, then don’t count the rest of the team out this year to go on a nice run here without Spezza. We weren’t winning with him in the line-up. It couldn’t be any worse without him right now.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Don’t let the trolls screw with your day Fists, he’s not worth it.

      • Jacques

        TUrris is a number one center you tool!

        • Jacques

          He’s like top 30 in scoring, one of his wingers is like top 10, where does that not make him a 1C??? He’s a number two pick in the draft, Wakey, Wakey.

          • Al Willig

            well, number 3 overall pick but close enough. Turris doesn’t really fit the “proto-typical” 1C, just given his size but his skill set is certainly good enough.

          • Jacques

            It was a guess on rank lol!

          • Al Willig

            Central scouting had him ranked number 1, pre-draft.

          • peetypuck

            This being his breakout year we should be able to expect big things from him in the future. The kid really has a lot going for him.

          • Laurence Babchyuk

            What I love about Turris is… His 200 ft game. Hard in the puck hard on the Back check. He makes others around him wanting to play better since he’s dedicated to play with heart…
            He ain’t no Crosby but he can be our Bergeron. Funny how it’s sooooo hard to find a winger for spezza and not an issue at all for Turris.

            C.Neil, king Karl, and Turris are the leaders of this club.

      • s3nsfan

        really….REALLY? so spezza missed almost all of last season, and then what happened, they made the second round of the playoffs, do you care to change your statement #fail

      • Rimshot Rondelet

        No Back Spezza is not a number 1 center anymore.
        He’s got at most 1 decent in and out of the lineup season left in him.

    • Al Willig

      Actually, I heard Spezza and Phillips may be cleared to play Thursday. Will be interesting to see if Mac goes with the “don’t change horses when things are going well” with these two like he did with Methot when he was coming off illness.

      • SENSsmile

        Spezza and Phillips can take their time… really, there is no rush!

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Please keep spezza and Phillips awayyyyy

  • sben

    stone is one of the players I always thought should be on the big team. Now he finally gets his chance.

    • Tooks

      He wont do much playing 3rd line minutes…IMO he isnt good enough to play in the top 6 and is a waste in the bottom 6. I dont think he makes this team in the long run.

      Hopefully he scores tonight to prove me wrong.

      • SenaWalrus

        Why is every comment from you on hear a negative comment?

        Who pissed in your cornflakes?

        • CUP 2014-15

          He’s just trolling. leave the poor little guy alone, his leafs are falling fast.

          • Sensnation

            The cream rise to the top throughout a season not at the beginning. You’d think history would teach a leafs fan a thing or two.

            GO SENS GO!!!

        • SensChirp

          The interesting thing is, he’s only negative when everyone else is positive. It has been brutal in here lately and we haven’t heard from him. A couple wins and he’s back in action.

  • Jacques

    Awesome news!

  • Jacques

    As a SENATORS fan if Bobby Ryan has his heart set on playing for TEAM USA than I hope he gets his wish! The happier he is the BETTER!

    • Al Willig

      Ryan is a lock for the US squad.

      • Al Willig

        Guess not.

  • Michenator

    I hope he really makes an impact this time around! Always been a fan!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I’m excited to see how his game translates to the NHL level now… He had one great play in his playoff gane

  • Simple Jack

    I would put stone with zibanejad and conacher. Mm9 should have scored with the chances he gets. Zibby and conacher are fast and could provide good backcheck. Stone is a play maker and scorer. Big body could dig along the boards and stand in front of the net without being pushed around.
    Glad to see the callup, pageau struggles against the bigger teams but should do well against winnepeg and montreal.

  • CUP 2014-15

    OH OH, Chirp. This is looking a little like we talked about yesterday. The possibility of Stone and a Dman for MDZ. Hope it doesn’t happen, I think this kid has a ton of upside.

    • SENSsmile

      I hope we don’t read or hear anything more about MDZ to Ottawa… please!

  • Millennium

    Hopefully he gets the Ceci treatment and not the Hoffman treatment

    • Sensturion

      What do you mean? Ceci got the Ceci treatment because he played like an NHLer. We know Stone is most likely playing on the bottom lines because I wouldn’t be breaking up 9-93-89 not 16-7-6

      • Millennium

        Well, Ceci got handed big minutes right out the gate, and he made the most of them, which in turn kept the big minutes coming his way. Hoffman got scraps in terms of shifts and linemates to start iirc, and didn’t make anything happen, so he never got much more than what he started with.

        Its a chicken and egg argument in some regards, do they excel because they get more ice time, or do they get more ice time because they excel? I agree that you don’t want to be breaking up the top 6 the way they have been playing the last 2 games, but I would still like to see him get more to work with than Hoffman got.

  • Rimshot Rondelet

    It doesn’t bother me that Stone will spend most of his 5 on 5 time on the third line.
    But PLEASE tell me that he’ll be on the second power play unit.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Now that CC has played 10 games does his first year now count and therefor preclude his staying here with the big club or is there something in place for the games he spent here on an emergency call up. Is it as simple as he’s played ten so his first year is now in the books?

    • Sensnation

      Ceci was in the AHL, not OHL, I’m pretty sure his contract is on the books either way! I’m also pretty sure he’s here to stay!

      • CUP 2014-15

        I understand he’s on his EL and was wondering why their would be a 10 game mark, as Dennis Potvin brought it up during the 5-0 loss to Boston. Thanks and I agree that he should be here to stay.

        • Sensnation

          I could be wrong, but it’s an often misunderstood part of the CBA and I’ve heard announcers get it wrong on many occasions under the old one. I believe 10 game mark means little to nothing for Ceci at this point and only applied last year. But as I said, I could be wrong.

  • Simple Jack

    I could see this as a lineup vs the peg and montreal

    16 7 6
    89 93 61
    14 15 9
    28 44 22

    2 65
    3 62
    4 5

    It would be great to see 5 and 65 play together maybe even on the power play, but cc5 has made cp4 a better player lately, without cc5 playing with cp4 we were all against resigning cp4, now it looks like he can still play. Pw46 needs to bulk up, he’s just to weak on the puck. It’ll take anotger year or two to fill in. At his size he needs to be in the 230 range to be effective. At 206 he’s a bean pole. My friend was 220 at 6’6 and he was 18 when florida drafted him, and at 220 he was paper thin even though he was on a tough workout program.

  • FistsofNeil25

    LAZAR!!!!!!!! Great set-up by Drouin!

  • Andrews theory

    Moving stone in a trade is a bad idea. Finding mules to stand in front of the net with soft hands is not an easy thing to do….

    Just a matter of time before Stone is a fixture on the PP with his ass parked in front of the opposition net

    Team Canada heroes have a funny habit of turning into impact players at the NHL level

  • NickofTime

    Happy New Year Chirp … and nice to see I finally get my wish & will see Stone in the lineup against Winnipeg. Hopefully, Spezza will be back by then & Stone can play on a line with him & Greening. I would hate for him to be stuck on the 4th line with tiny little Pageau. If Stone can gel with Spezza Ottawa would have a 3rd scoring line which would benefit this team greatly, not to mention Stone also brings a little more jam to this team.

    Ideally, I would like to see Pageau sent to Bingo & replaced by Grant & Stone replace Condra in the lineup but with Condra`s contract I doubt that happens this yr unless they move Condra which I also doubt. Ottawa would be a much bigger, tougher team with Grant & Stone over Pageau & Condra & much harder to play against. Hope Stone does well in his first game up this yr.

    • SENSsmile

      Tiny Pageau and tiny Conacher are actually pretty good. In order to have success, a team needs all kinds of sizes and different types of abilities. Both Pageau and Conacher bring a lot of speed, energy and grit to the Sens. I think they will become fine players.

      • NickofTime

        haha grit …. your kidding right? While I except that they are decent hockey players I would prefer other options in the organization playing in Ottawa in their place such as the aformentioned Mark Stone & Derek Grant. I think the addition of these two guys make our team not just bigger but harder to play against without losing anything that the other two bring. Grant is fast & good defensively & Stone can produce pts. In other words I think these two bring more to the table than Pageau, Condra & Conacher although Conacher is starting to heat up since being put with Zibanejad & Michalek. Grant IMO fits better in the bottom six than Pageau does.

        • SENSsmile

          Just because you disagree with one of my points shouldn’t mean that I’m “kidding.” I find this type of comment a little arrogant, but that’s fine, as I don’t take this personally. Anyway, grit can come from small players too, and I think that both Conacher and Pageau fit that description.

          You seem to be admitting now that maybe you were throwing Conacher under the bus prematurely. Pageau is only 20 or 21 years old: we also need to be a little more patient with him. I think he has a mean streak in him and he’s only going to get better with experience.

          A lot of people were screaming for Murray to get rid of Stone last year, after his rather poor initial showing with the big team. Now everyone seems to want him back. Many people are very quick to jump to conclusions with regard to young players…

          • NickofTime

            Let’s call it a preference then for a lack of a better word. I prefer a bigger, tougher team, while I would agree with you that some smaller players are & have been great players in the NHL they are not my preference when IMO there are better options in the organization but I understand that is arguable.

            Conacher was not contributing at the beginning of the season & again IMO if smaller players are not contributing offensively I don’t think they are effective. BTW I had Conacher with Zibanejad to start the season because of their succ

  • do due dew doodoo

    ROCK STAR LAZAR – CRASHING THE NET – BANGING IT IN

    DEFENDING HIS GAME WINNING GOAL IN THE FINAL MINUTE

    BOOYAH!

    • Sensnation

      Lazar is looking amazing! Between Turris, Zibanejad, Lazar and Pageau it’s hard to see where Spezza fits in 2 years, as much as I’m uneasy at the thought of losing him.

  • Sensnation

    I sure hope Spezza and Stone get some time together, they’ve always shown natural chemistry and think the game in a similar fashion. Obviously not on every shift, but if they could play 8-12mins a night together I think they could put up some good results.

    • Jacques

      Pretty pathetic, that we now wnt Spezza on the ice for 8-12 minutes , lets put the poor guy out of his misery.

      • Sensnation

        Not at all what I said. Spezza plays much more then that but Stone likely wouldn’t at first.

  • LeafsSux

    Happy New Year from the States everyone! See you guys on the 18th again the Rangers!

    Go Sens Go!!!

  • Sandy

    Great to see Stone get his chance. At least they will know with some of these callups exactly what they have for the future.. in case trades do happen..
    Lazar is awesome… He has it all.. I think will be a good fit on a line with Zibby in the future.. but I think it’s either the WHL or the NHL for him next season.. I don’t think he is AHL eligible..
    So for you guys wanting Spezza traded.. he controls where he goes… I don’t think he will accept a trade to teams that are re-building.. he will want to go where he can win. Question is what team in a playoff position can take on a 7M cap hit right now. Salary is only 5M… but that’s not an issue for teams outside of Ottawa…

    • aegiszx

      See, the thing is, fans seem to forget that a player with a NMC has all the control as to where he goes. Jason Spezza, if traded, does NOT go to another bottom feeder. No way, not a chance. If he goes, he goes to a contender that needs a 2C… He wouldnt fit in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, or LA. The most likely destinations are Washington, New York, Minnesota, Montreal and Toronto…

  • Deadly

    I believe we will see a more rounded out game from Stone this time.he has spent time on checking lines and offensive lines in Bingo. Killed penalties and last minutes in close games. His promotion get Puempel on the scoring line with Dacosta which has already paid off tonight.

  • SenaTHOR

    Glad Stone is being given a shot. Ceci has earned his shot.

  • Deadly

    Turn out the lights,the party’s over.
    Happy New Year everyone.

  • Jacques

    Major Habs collapse, gotta love that! Happy new Year!

    • Deadly

      Not if we are hoping that Price will be our goalie for the Olympics. 88 save percentage.

  • Colin

    Poor Ovechkin thinks that the refs were drunk because he feels that they missed calling a head shot by Neil. I wonder what he thought of them when he got away with a blatant spear on Neil last season.

    • peetypuck

      I remember that one. I think Neil got an unsportsman like penalty while Ovechkin got away with the spear.