Deadline Day Looms for Milan Michalek

SensChirp February 26, 2014 174
Deadline Day Looms for Milan Michalek

He has played 291 games in a Sens uniform.

Acquired as the centre piece in a deal that sent Dany Heatley packing, Milan Michalek has been a solid player here in the Nation’s Capital. But with the NHL trade deadline now just a week away, there’s a chance Milan Michalek is playing his last games as a member of the Ottawa Senators.

With a contract that is set to expire at season’s end, Michalek will be mentioned in many a trade rumour leading up to the March 5th trade deadline. He’s the highest paid player on the Senators roster this season, pulling in $6 million in the final year of a six year contract. While his salary is high, his cap hit is a fairly reasonable $4.3 mil. Ottawa first explored the possibility of trading Michalek at the Draft in New Jersey but there wasn’t a whole lot of interest.

Fresh off an appearance in the Winter Olympics, Michalek seems healthy and ready to play. Injuries have slowed him down a bit the last couple seasons but in the two weeks leading up to the Olympic break, he seemed to be finding his stride a little bit. There will never be a time when he’s 100% I don’t think but he can still contribute offensively.

The rumours have been there for months but Phoenix might be an option for Michalek. The Coyotes could use an added offensive punch and with his brother Zbynek already there, it seems like a decent fit. Derek Morris, also on an expiring contract, had been mentioned as a player that Ottawa may have interest in. I expect the two teams to explore this possibility again leading up to the deadline.

Then again, keeping Milan Michalek is also an option. Michalek has enjoyed his time here in Ottawa. With the team pushing for a playoff spot, they may decide they’re willing to keep him around for the stretch drive and wait until the off season to decide his future with the team.  Either way, it will be an interesting week for Milan Michalek and the Ottawa Senators.

Should the Senators trade Milan Michalek before the March 5th deadline?

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  • Dirk-Diggler

    The Sens are best when they have a youthful lineup. They showed that last year with all the call ups earning their spots in the lineup. This trade deadline would be great if we could trade away both Michalek and Phillips and replace those guys with Bingo players that are hungry to play every shift because they know if they don’t do it right it could be their last!

    I’d unload Greening and Conacher if possible too. I don’t mind CC but I think there are better replacements in Bingo that deserve a shot.

    Hopefully the organization does what’s right for the team short and long term.

    Tying up money to aging veterans that can’t produce is a recipe for disaster…

    • Mr. Commonsense

      It’s a tricky situation! When he’s healthy he’s a dynamo, but this season has seemed to slow him down a bit for some reason. I think with the emergence of Gryba as a solid D-man Phillips may become expendable; however, do we want another leadership void in Ottawa a-la Alfredsson?

      Personally, I think the Sens need to start looking at extensions for Ryan, MacArthur and Methot during the off-season. We need to lock these guys up and, if Eugene is feeling flush, try and get some decent free agents back in the off-season.

      • Senatollah

        i’m sure everyone will agree on the extensions for those three. Who are the decent free agents you think will pick ottawa over any of the other US based teams? Cash is king. Is there another diamond in the rough like MacArthur, probably not.

        • Mr. Commonsense

          A guy like Dustin Penner or Ales Hemsky could be relatively inexpensive forward Ottawa could add that would give them much needed leadership and a but more grit. Steve Ott is also not out of the picture and neither is Matt Moulson or Thomas Vanek for that matter. The only way I get the latter three, if i’m Murray, is to see if they would be interested with an extension at seasons end; much like they did with Anderson when he came to Ottawa.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Michalek to me depends 100% on salary demands…. I suspect he and the team aren’t close… Hence there has been no rumored extension discussions

  • The Apostle

    I wouldn’t be too upset if we didn’t trade him, but I think we should. MIchalek works hard no doubt, but as a player (a bit like Greening) he always leaves me wanting more from him.

  • SensChirp

    Wow. That’s a quick 100 votes on that poll. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Spoons

    I’m all for trading Michalek as long as it opens a spot for one of our young guys. Right now, him and Philips are the players I feel are in the way and are preventing player/prospect development. I’d trade them both. But the danger here is Ottawa can easily get a reputation of trading away veteran players. No UFA`s would want to sign here in the near future if we don`t take care of our aging players.

    • The Apostle

      There’s a difference between the two. Michalek has been here 5 years (or whatever it is) and Phillips has been here 55 (or at least it feels like it sometimes). If we trade away Phillips, and I’m not a fan by any stretch, it does leave us with a very young blueline. I think we need some experience there, even if it’s just as a 7th/8th guy. If Phillips will accept that role and the contract is term (1 yr only) and dollars friendly it seems like an easy enough win for us. We don’t have to bring somebody in from the outside who needs to learn the system and get used to the dressing room.

      • Dirk-Diggler

        Why do we need an aging vet on the back end? We have this guy called Karlsson (former Norris winner) and another guy called Methot (seasoned veteran) to influence the younger guys and we have plenty of veterans on the forward end too. Plus we have Smith in the coaching staff who’s a former D man and our minor league coach who’s a former D. I think they have guys that can guide the young kids just fine.

      • Miguel

        I am confuesed with the experience in the dressing room and how this automatically equates to better performance on the ice.
        I will take 6 Ceci’s over 6 Phillips any day of the week.
        Sorry I do not think that a slower, less agile, weaker older player is better than a faster, stronger, more agile younger player.
        I thinke we put way too much value on “experience” especially they are obviously struggling on the ice…. IMO

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Every good team has a mix of vets and youth. That said, just having games under your belt doesn’t equate to being a good mentor. To know if #4 is a good mentor, you would have to be in the room.

          • Miguel

            Fair enough, however most teams with a good mix of vets and youth and having success, means that the vets can still contribute to winning games.
            We have had many examples where the vets best days were behind them, and they decided to retire, and many here in Ottawa including Luke Richardson, Jason Smith.
            It is clear to me that sitting our better youth in favour of a vet, does not help our team win games.
            Many may disagree, but that is how I see it

        • The Apostle

          I don’t think it’s an automatic, but look at the continued struggles in Edmonton with their young players – and their young players are a damn sight better than our young players.
          having an experienced vet in the room gives the players an opportunity to discuss things with somebody who has been there that isn’t a coach. i have no doubt that Smith and Richardson are very important but they aren’t players.

          Having an experienced guy willing to play the role that Corvo has done this season doesn’t hurt the organisation and if Phillips is willing to do that role then let him. If not, wish him well in his furture endeavours.

          I think Murray and MacLean value that kind of veteran presence so you might as well get used to it.

          • Miguel

            what I meant was that even Richardson and Smith new it was time to hang them up, and agreed that if Phillips is fine with the 7th D role, which is what he should be today, then yes he would be a great fit, but if we force him into a top 4 like we have done this year, we will be in another year of pain,

          • The Apostle

            Smith retired because of injury and Richardson was 104 years old.

            I have been on record for more than three years with my dislike of what Phillips has brought in a top 4 role but the argument could be made that he hasn’t been appreciably worse than some that are there at the moment.

            As a 7 or 8, and as long as he isn’t taking money from somebody that would make us better that we then can’t sign, I have no issue with him still wearing a Senators jersey next season.

            I don’t think it’s worth trading him for a 6th or 7th round pick and I don’t think Murray will move him somewhere that Phillips doesn’t OK first, but if he wants to go to Boston and they wan’t to give us something decent in return then I’d be all for it.

          • James0079

            Edmonton’s problems and the reason they suck is not only because they are young, it is because they drafted the same type of player 4 years in a row and they are all forwards and maybe even 2 or 3 of them are centers. Edmonton has no Defense and mediocre goaltending not to mention no secondary players or decent 3rd and 4th line players to surround those four young stars. Basically, they have four young stars and that’s it. That is why Edmonton sucks and you can’t compare them to Ottawa. Don’t get me wrong, I think Ottawa needs alot of work but with a cheapskate owner who is using the team to fund his other business failures, I don’t see that happening anytime soon :(

  • Miguel

    Its been a tough season for many of the Sens and the fans, and no, 1 point out of the playoffs is not a disaster,
    Yes we are in a battle for a playoff spot, but it is a very difficult battle, with the reality of performing well in the post season with this current lineup, is a stretch to say the least, especially if we are to play one of the top seeds.
    So in the interest of preparing for next year, and with a ton of prospects worthy of a look, i say we move out at least 3 bodies, to make room for a few rookies, who may be looking to move on, if we do not make our decision on where they stand with the team.
    With that in mind, MM9, Phillips, Greening, Neil, Anderson, Smith, and any other players other teams have interest in, should be available at the right price… at the right price is the key.
    I am not saying to move them for nothing, however if we can make our team better in the future, and give some prospects NHL time to shine, I am certain we may find a couple fo diamonds ( pageau last year ), that we may otherwise lose if not given the chance.
    We will not win the cup this year… why not make it easier for us to win in one or two more years?

    • The Apostle

      I would keep Anderson and Smith and I don’t see the organisaton moving Phillips or Neil.

      Michalek I would move and the same with Greening. I’d also look at letting Conacher go (i like what he brings but like every guy here I wish for an extra couple of inches). On the blueline I think at least one of Wiercioch, Gryba or Borowiecki isn’t here to start next season.

      • PraiseAlfie11

        “I wish for an extra couple of inches”

        Don’t we all…

        • The Apostle

          it’s not fair that the repetition of the joke gets liked when the original doesn’t. Chirp should do something about that.

      • Yukon Cornelius

        I would be really disappointed to see Smith get traded.

  • Sicilian

    On a side note, Carolina lost in regulation last night, which takes a small but discernible bit of pressure off :)

    • Zelle

      Would be a lot more comfortable if they lost another one, that way games played would be even but Sens would have the extra two points. All that matters though is that Sens keep winning.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Good to be back on the NHL hockey talk. With regards to trades, I have a strange feeling Murray is up to something big. I hope we can get a veteran forward to help for the playoff push. 1 point out of a playoff spot is very good considering the type of season we have had. I remember the first 30 games, people were quitting on this team but nope not me and just like Karlsson said we will be in the playoffs. GO SENS GO

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I have a feeling you are right. Things have been way too quiet

      • FistsofNeil25

        Things are probably so quiet because the asking prices are far too high right now. Dave Nonis claims the asking price for Steve Ott is a 1st round pick and a top prospect when his real trade value is probably something closer to a 2nd round pick.

        I guess that’s what happens when there are so few sellers and so many buyers. Right now there are really only a handful of selling teams out there right now and they’re holding the prices for their players up far too high.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      The Hoffman call up also doesn’t make sense to me unless something is close

  • Zelle

    I say yes, we have plenty of home grown talent waiting.

  • Zelle

    Speaking of trades… hilarious that Oilers want yet another early pick, as though all those first round picks have helped them at all.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444655

  • MoeDozer

    line ups at practice today:

    Greening-Spezza-Milo;
    MacArthur-Turris-Condra
    Hoffman-Zibby-Ryan
    Conacher-Smith-Neil

    Methot – Karlsson
    Phillips – Ceci
    Cowen – Gryba

    I must say im a huge fan of the 3rd and 4th. Always hated that combination on the top line milo and greening this year have been 3rd line players at best. and the 2nd line will be very responsible with the puck though i hope we have a better top 6 option there soon over condra.
    4th line should be a fun one to watch as well.

    The D looks really good IMO. Top pair will be fantastic.
    2nd pair, Ceci will have to do the heavy lifting likely as phillips will direct traffic from a distance
    3rd pair can work great with sheltered minutes and competition

    • Miguel

      thanks Moe and agreed, I am not a fan at all of Greening with Spezza and MM9. 3 guys who all seem to be going in different directions.
      But very curious to see that 3rd line, and what they can do together,
      As for the fourth, CC89 will be causing plenty of disturbances, with those two brawlers beside him, he may be listed at 6’2″ and 210lbs for this game :-)

  • SenaTHOR

    Tomorrow night will be Smack a Tired Swede Night.

  • aegiszx

    I have no idea what Michalek’s value is right now… When he’s healthy, he can provide some stability… key word, when… Not to mention the fact that he’s only registered 25 pts so far, which, for his salary, is ridiculous considering ZIbby is 20 yrs old and putting up more impressive numbers in his limited role.

  • FistsofNeil25

    So Maclean states that he wants Zibanejad playing center from here on out. It will be interesting to see if that holds true. Personally, I prefer the idea of Zibby playing center over the wing. I think that’s where he feels the most comfortable and that we should be focusing on developing him at his natural position.

    The only problem with that is now we have gaping holes in the top six on both the Spezza and Turris lines. Greening and Condra are fourth liners. They aren’t first or second line wingers. Not even on the worst team in the league would they be that.

    • boom

      Thank you.

    • Miguel

      Completey agree, this is unfair on so many leves. It is unfair to Greening or Condra to try to play at that level. Unfair to 19,9,16,7 to have to play with them and unfair to propsects that should be given that chance, and more a realistic opportunity to succeed

      • sprucesens

        maybe its a precursor to some of those lower guys, like greening and condra, to be moved to make room for our prospects. Personally i’d like to see Hoffman, stone, and puempel getting chances. If prince stays with us, him too. Wouldn’t mind seeing robinson in the 4th line too in the next year or so.

  • MB

    So the Sens go out and trade Michalek while trying to make another move to bring in a top 6 forward? Don’t think so. Getting a 2nd or 3rd round pick for a player that has the ability to score in bunches and play in the top 6 isn’t worth it while the Sens are trying to make the playoffs. Moving Michalek makes no sense because there is no one to replace him.

    • sprucesens

      what if we are trying to see if Hoffman, SDC, stone and so on are capable of that role? then trading michalek would make sense, as we save a ton of money, and get a pick back.

      • Pugnacious Serf

        That’s what the preseason and first of the regular season is about, seeing if the young guys are ready not when your in a battle for the playoffs.

      • MB

        That pick is going to be what? 2nd, 3rd rounder? Who cares. Sens are stacked down in Bingo, in the NCAA, and have a decent amount of guys in the CHL as well. Only so many contracts and rosters spots available in Bingo and Ottawa.

        Hoffman hasn’t put up an NHL point yet let alone score an NHL goal and you think the Sens should count on him to play 15-20 mins and PP time over Michalek? That’s the option you see as the better one for a team trying to make the playoffs and trying to win a round or two if they do?

        Taking away from your top 6 with no replacement is a pretty good way to ensure you won’t make the playoffs. When Hoffman scores an NHL goal or two we can maybe talk about him replacing what Michalek can bring, not even what Michalek has brought in the past.

    • RUSH RLZ

      A top 6 forward with term or who they can sign and who is healthier. We would have to trade Michalek+ but it makes sense, we need to bolster the top 6 with a ~Ryan caliber forward.

      That being said… yes we do need help on D as badly if not worse.

      • MB

        Oh yah? A team willing to give up a top 6 forward wants a soon to be UFA back in any kind of capacity with a lot of money to pay on his deal on top of it all? Don’t think so.

    • Sandy

      That’s what I was thinking. They want another top 6 forward.. but they want to trade a top 6 forward? That makes no sense on all levels..
      He had been playing better just before the break.. as well he played pretty good in the Olympics..
      He wants to stay and said in an interview last night that he is worried about being traded. He admitted he has not had a good season.. but he is not alone in that..

      • MB

        IMO there is a much better chance Phillips is traded than Michalek. You can make the argument that there are 6 D men in Ottawa that currently bring more to the table than Phillips where there really isn’t anyone to come in and replace Michalek if he is traded.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Oh no !!! The duo of doom is back ! (Spezza + Phillips) Lord help us !

    • Disqus Downvote

      Since the Disqus downvote has been disabled…. You get the idea.

  • FistsofNeil25

    The Sens need to address their blueline before they even think about adding another forward. Our defensive group is among the worst in the league and it’s the primary reason why we are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

    As of right now, the only legitimate top four defenseman we have are Karlsson and Methot. Ceci is the next closest guy but he plays a lot of sheltered minutes and is still very inexperienced. Phillips, Cowen, Gryba and Wiercioch aren’t playing anywhere close to top 4 quality.

    Our biggest need is to find a player to skate alongside Karlsson, or someone for the second pairing that would allow Methot to move back up to the top pairing. We aren’t going to get anywhere unless the defensive issues are taken care of.

    The Sens have proven they can score enough goals in this league. They haven’t shown an ability to prevent them from being scored upon.

    • Zelle

      I’ve actually quite enjoyed watching Gryba and Methot together, I’d like to keep them both. I like Ceci a lot but I don’t want him next to Karlsson. I also don’t want Cowen next to Karlsson though, I’d prefer someone faster but not a pinching type of guy.

      Karlsson – ?
      Methot – Gryba
      Ceci – Cowen

      Cowen could use reduced minutes, imo. Ceci is good where he is. Karlsson and Wiercioch playing behind the Turris line I think could be very dangerous, but I have no idea if Weir could handle Karlsson minutes or being against the top forward pairings.

      I was ok with keeping Phillips if he asked for something reasonable, but a multi million multi year deal? No thanks; loyalty will only go so far.

      • sprucesens

        agreed on keeping gryba and methot. really liking that combo, and I think the coach was too, as the last few games, they were on the ice all the time, in any defensive situation.
        I had a thought last night, that never really has come up in the buffalo rumours. what about a cowen + for myers + swap? Would make sense if tim is high on cowen. Maybe cowen and prince for myers and ott? might have to add a pick or another middle level prospect. Could be an interesting idea, no?

  • Sensnation

    Michalek would be a good piece to try and get us someone with term left for our top 6. I like him, but at this point he’s under-performed from expectations and it may be best to move on from his salary, while we can get something in return.

  • NickofTime

    There isn’t a single player in Bingo or any prospect who can replace Michalek’s overall game at this point. Not that long ago he had over 50 pts, how many other Sens have had season’s like that? He is Ottawa’s best left winger & even if BM is able to make a deal for a top 6 forward it would only benefit Ottawa to keep another good forward on the team. There are half a dozen forwards I would deal on this team before Michalek & if it comes down to one of Phillips or Michalek I would trade Phillips. I would imagine a 2 yr deal around $4 mil would keep Michalek in Ottawa, we need to keep good players not replace them with rookies that we have no idea what kind of players they will be in the NHL. Look at Conacher, we are still waiting for him to score more than 4 goals, he isn’t going to replace Michalek anytime soon.

    • Spinorama

      He’s done. Time to trade him before it’s too late. What’s the point of having a full cupboard if you never open it. Look at Detroits way of keeping prospects too long in farm team. They become stagnant and look at Detroit going downhill.

      • Doc

        Out of curiosity, who do you think from Bingo can replace his production or style of play?

        As a side note, I’m not sure what you are referring to in regards to Detroit, but they have a lot of prospects coming up and they all do good once on the big club.

      • NickofTime

        Detroit didn’t look to stagnant or downhill kicking our ass 6-1. Michalek is young & as good a player as we could get on the trade or UFA market. It’s better to have more good players than a bunch of youngsters who are trying to find their way.

  • Spinorama

    I’m going to predict that we will acquire Colin Wilson out of Nashville. He is currently playing 4rth line and is a bit in the doghouse. Signed thru next year at 2 million a year and is only 24 yrs old. Maybe PW46 + would make it happen. Just my guess.

    • SenaTHOR

      I think he would be a good addition. Think he is(or family) from Winnipeg but raised in the states. See he played at BU with Gryba on the national championship team.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Wilson is a great player, but primarily a Center. Wouldn’t that just fill a none existent void?

        • SenaTHOR

          Yes but a good forward should be able to adapt to other positions.

          • MethotToMyMadness

            I do agree on that. But some Centers, like Jason Spezza for instance, just don’t play well on the Wing. I can’t say I know Wilson’s history, but I like the idea of a C on the Wing, which is why I’m all for Steve Ott coming to Ottawa, especially to take the Thrown out draws.

          • SenaTHOR

            At the same time Spezza doesn’t play consistent at centre.

  • Andrews theory

    Hopefully Phillips has recovered from what was nagging him. If he keeps his game simple, his shifts short and leverages the god given ability of Ceci to move the puck, this could work out alright.

    Loving Methot back where he belongs, they have the ability to be one of the better tandems in the league and truly dominate possession.

  • SenaTHOR

    Peter Regin lining up with Patrick Kane. It’s interesting what a good linemate can do or can’t do(#19) uggg.

    • Doc

      You realise Regin has his best numbers paired with Spezza, right? Probably the reason we were expecting so much from the kid.

      Good on him if that’s the case.

      • Tooks

        For once I agree with you, Spezza made Regin look good. We’ll see if Kane can do the same.

        • Doc

          I NEED A COLD SHOWER NOW

          • RUSH RLZ

            Haha. Feels weird, donut?

    • Colin

      I never doubted that Regin had talent or that his linemates helped or hindered his performance. His problem is that he is made of glass.

  • Don Cherry LOVES Mark Stone

    MM09 will want a big UFA contract in July.
    He will be playing hard for the rest of this season to impress potential suitors.
    If Ottawa wants to make the playoffs this season they’ll keep him.

  • Don Ciccio

    Hi Chirp,
    I’ve been a long time reader and enjoy your site. I have never posted before but thought that I would make an account to discuss a rumor that is out there and was wondering if you have heard anything in regards to this rumor.
    There is a guy on Yost’s blog who seems to have some legitimate sources and has also called the B. Murray signing a couple of weeks before it happened and was right, on the length of contract given. This same guy mentioned that Methot is not in Ottawa’s future plans and is now suggesting that he may be moved at the deadline for C. Stewart. Have you heard any rumblings regarding this?
    For the record I hope that it is not true since I believe that Methot is our second best d-man at the moment and this trade would create a huge hole on our blue line…….Looking forward to reading your response.

    • SensChirp

      I’ve heard Stewart’s name mentioned. Also, Methot’s name seems to be a mainstay in the rumour mill since the healthy scratch incident. Haven’t heard anything specifically about that deal though. Doesn’t mean the guy is wrong- just I haven’t heard that specific rumour.

      • Don Ciccio

        thanks Chirp

      • Don Ciccio

        I misread his post and he has know said that Methot maybe be traded at the deadline and that Murray is still actively pursuing Stewart.

    • SenaTHOR

      Bringing guys to their hometown isn’t always a good thing. They have more friends, more hangers on, and more people recognize you if do something that crosses the line. Marc is certainly a gregarious person and word gets around whether these rumours are true or untrue.

    • The Apostle

      Not crapping on any specific guy but if all it takes to be considered to have legitimate sources is guessing the length of Brian Murray’s contract then I can point you towards about 100 people on this site.
      That being said I agree that not all is rosy with Methot at the moment but moving him for a forward leaves an already exposed blueline core as naked as a newborn.

      • SenaTHOR

        Might be coming down to Methot or Cowen and God only knows this team would tank without Cowen!

        • Tooks

          LOL

      • Don Ciccio

        That was just one example that I gave and as I mentioned in my post, I have been following this site for a while so I can tell you for a fact that this guy called the Murray extension and length of term before anyone else here….not trying to discredit anyone and really respect Chirp because he doesn’t just throw crap out there like other sites do.

        • The Apostle

          My point was that calling Murray getting an extension and getting the length right was hardly rocket science. Didn’t we all think Murray was going to get extended and once you think that there are only so many terms that make sense.

          It’s no Saprykin that’s for sure.

          I’m not saying that the guy knows nothing, but I’ve found it’s best not to get too excited by anything people post on here or on Yost’s blog and that goes for the men themselves.

    • Pugnacious Serf

      I hope your right. It makes more sense then trading Michalek for a pick and being in perpetual rebuild mode that many here believe in. We have depth in left-handed D, making a move like that would be balls and its the type of move that needs to be made if we are going to make the playoffs and do anything other than play four games. If we aren’t going to take a shot at it, then send Anderson, Phillips and Michalek and any other veteran with a shed of pride packing and we’ll play like its 2010 all over again. Its time to stand up a competitive hockey team, we’ve been rebuilding for 5 years.

    • Miguel

      This is so outrageous and frustrating, it is precisely what drives me crazy about this regime.
      Can anyone doubt that is our 2nd best Dman, and arguably our best defensive dman?
      And somehow despite being one of our best dmen, he gets in the doghouse… WTF for? What can be so bad that you are willing to throw points away?
      I do not know him, but have had the pleasure of meeting him, and he seems like the classiest, down to earth individual I have ever met. So aside from him having mutilple personalities, should he not be judged only by his performance on the ice?
      This regime, has placed certain good players in the doghouse for unknown reasons,( and have completely ruined some guys careers O’Brien, Lee), yet you can play like a complete donkey’s ass and never miss a shift.
      No damn way Methot should be on the block, and players who have sucked all year have a guarenteed spot regardless of their shit play.
      Sometimes I question the priorities of management on this team.

      • spezzerman

        you’re mad at management for what some nut job on a comment section in the week before trade deadline says?

        • The Apostle

          “but I’ve found it’s best not to get too excited by anything people post on here or on Yost’s blog”

          as I said earlier – Miguel on the other hand takes a different approach – in fact I think he might actually be a puppy.

          • spezzerman

            Emotions are running high in the week leading up to deadline day. We need to get a game in here soon before everyone goes completely off the rails.

          • Doc

            I know, right? lol…

          • s3nsfan

            …goes? lol

      • Doc

        Relax man, seriously. The ‘regime’ did a lot more good than bad, and if you really think they are the ones that ruined guys career like Lee and O’Brien, than I’m not sure how you value certain players.

        It’s still a rumour, and I doubt it has any legs. Plus, I don’t think a swap of Methot for Stewart is fair for Ottawa. I shudder at the thought of that trade.

        Breath in, breath out.

        • Miguel

          breathing…. now I am dizzy :-)
          sorry you are right, that did hit a nerve…
          still a little sensitive about PM sitting Methot out for a booboo when it wasnt true.
          Question for you… What if Methot was not the stand up guy that he is, who loves Ottawa and really wants to play here? What if he was an ego maniac, that felt he did not want to stay here in a “diminished role”? sound familiar?
          We could be looking at having to get rid of a great dman for a lesser return, all because PM/BM want to make a point.
          All I am saying is that we need to keep our best players playing, and move some of the lesser unproductive “good guys” if we want to make a real run.

          • Don Ciccio

            If this rumor has any legs at all, I am guessing that the Sens plan on extending Phillips as well.

          • Miguel

            Don Ciccio, ma che sei pazzo!
            are you trying to give me a nervous breakdown!
            If this happens I will lose my mind!

          • Don Ciccio

            I hope I am wrong……Ma resta calmo

          • Doc

            I get what you’re saying. I’d be surprised and greatly disappointed if that was the case, but we know the kind of bad impact prima donnas can have on a team, so you do have to get rid of your bad apples.

            I don’t see Methot being that kind of guy, so hopefully that rumour is just that, a rumour.

          • TrueLou

            if u consider what toronto just paid for the dud/plug phaneuf,,what do u suppose #3 would be worth on the open market?

    • Zelle

      Drew Doughty please.

      • Don Ciccio

        Huh???

  • FistsofNeil25

    What do you guys think it would take to bring Dan Girardi to Ottawa? He’s exactly the type of defenseman this team needs.

    • iKarly65

      I wouldn’t do it, but Mark Stone + Jared Cowen, at least.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I’d do that in a heartbeat if we could resign him.

      • James0079

        I’d give them Cowen for nothing!!!

    • Doc

      He’d look great in a Sens uni, but I think the asking price will be too steep. He’s also due for a raise.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Michalek will be shopped up until the deadline and even beyond, if BM can make a move happen, it will happen. I don’t see them considering him longer term, or extending him beyond this year. We wouldn’t continue with all the talk about needing a winger for Spezza, if they really expected him to stay here and be that guy. Nothing against him, but it’s time he gets a fresh start somewhere else.

    As for Phillips. Reports are he wants more than just a 1 year and Ottawa only wants a 1 year max. But if they can come to an agreement that works, it’ll be done. I don’t think they would just ship him off without looking at all the options. If he was moved, what would we get back that’s worth more than he’s providing right now? A draft pick won’t do that.

  • esk

    So Yzerman took one for team canada bigtime….st.louis trade request confirmed! Reigning Hart trophy champ and heart/soul of the Lightening…..future with the sens a possibility?

    • Doc

      Signed for another year at 5 mil. I wonder what it would cost to bring him in

      • Tooks

        We are not on his list…

        • RUSH RLZ

          He would probably love to come here Tooks, wtf do you know? If there is any inhibitor it would probably be Melnyk’s stupid wallet.

        • Doc

          Didn’t say he was! I’m more curious to see what he will cost.

          Still think he’ll end up in NY, as it seems it’s his first choice.

    • A-Train

      Uuuugly. I’m kind of surprised by his petulance though. Anyway, don’t hold your breath. A Cup contender that can afford to burn a first and a good prospect or two will make a better offer than the senators can (or should).

    • Tooks

      He probably wants a contender and at the moment we are not a contender.

  • TrueLou

    norris trophy notwithstanding, #65′s relationship with defence is superficial, at best(if it happens, it happens) as his +/- will attest. This is not the kind of defence that wins you big games, and every canadian alive knows this. When the going gets tough, #65 goes shopping… trade him quick.

    • SensChirp

      Hahahaha

      • SensChirp

        Sorry, this wasn’t exactly a constructive reply but your comment was so
        unexpected and inaccurate that it made me laugh a little.

        • Doc

          No no no, don’t take it back Chirp…it was the right response.

        • sprucesens

          i suspect someone found out that you can’t downvote disqus, so the stupid comments can come out flying, as if no one disagree’s with you.

          • Disqus Downvote

            There are alternatives :-)

        • MethotToMyMadness

          Me too, lol

    • Doc

      You must be fun at parties.

    • Tooks

      I kinda agree with this but I wouldnt trade Karlsson, I would ask Karlsson who he would prefer as a D partner and go after him, whoever he is. And no he wouldnt say Cowen, LOL.

      • RUSH RLZ

        This is why I dropped the OEL idea yesterday…

    • MB

      “Moma use to chase em away with a broom”

    • Andrews theory

      even Healy a notorious Sens hater will go on about how much better Karlssons defensive game is than people realize… Karlsson is a game changer and there are very few if any players in the league that can control a game in the manner he can.
      he didnt win best offensive defensman at the olympics, he won best defensman but you probably know more than the people voting on the Norris and Olympics..

      • SenaTHOR

        even Healy a notorious Sens hater will go on about how much better Karlssons defensive game is than people realize

        Then they came back and withdrew the statement during the next period.

    • Jacques

      You’re an idiot! Karlsson theyearhewon then Norris was a plus30. This year he has that 6 foot 5 anchor holding him down(Cowen). You must be a Leaf troll!

    • Harry Lime was Orson Welles

      is that you ZipZapcRap ?

  • Finn 8

    What about Alex Edler

    • Zelle

      No way do I want Edler on the Sens.

  • SenaTHOR

    Spezza is like a Timmy’s cup.. one in ten you get a winner.

    • aegiszx

      1 in 10? Generous man, 1 in 30 more like it, and thats with the double roll cups!

      • Disqus Downvote

        Downvoted

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    WE NEED ST LOUIS if i were Murray id go all out for him. He could be a key add to this team

    • sprucesens

      while he certainly would fit the role of a top 6 winger with scoring, I doubt we get even close to the bidding war that that will become. he’ll likely get 3 pieces, similar to Ryan did. Maybe a touch less, because he’s older. My guess is pitts will go all in. Probably a few other teams too.

      • RUSH RLZ

        Ryan is considerably younger, and had two years under contract remaining. I don’t think St Louis would command close to that, but if he does that proves Murray got Ryan for a steal.

        Marty would make a great replacement for 9MM if we could get him into a reasonable contract. Has he ever played with Spezza at the Worlds?

        edit: Besides, Stevie Y. owes us one for the whole Bishop deal, no?

    • Tooks

      He wont waive to come to Ottawa. Like you say probably PIT, STL (Marketing genius) CHI

      • SensChirp

        NYR

        • Doc

          Yep ;)

          His summer home is in Connecticut.

          • Doc

            Annnnd we were right!

            Curious to see what will go back. Not sure about Callahan, since his demands are absolutely brutal.

      • Sandy

        McGuire thinks it could be the Rangers as St Louis would be back playing with Brad Richards and his off season home is in Connecticut…
        Makes sense to me.. if it happens at all..

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    and to add to that. I love Karlsson confidence in the team after the Olympics. “everybodys on the same page and we are going to get there somehow” GO SENS GO BOYS

  • Sandy

    Not sure if this has been posted before on this site.. but a really good read on Lazar…

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/drouin-gibson-lazar-lead-scouts-top-10-drafted-132446821.html

    Now why would the Sens want a power forward, when they have one coming probably later on next season. Lazar may need a few months in the AHL.. but he will be a gem.. and quickly become a fan favourite..

    • boom

      Thanks Sandy. That is a good read.

    • Doc

      Awesome to read.

      I just hope he keeps adding a bit of size, because he seems to play a mean game.

    • SensChirp

      Awesome. Third on that list is impressive

    • Jacques

      Sens may have found the next Yzerman, Sakic, type player. A guy who can grab the team by the throat!

    • A-Train

      Thanks for posting that. Always feels good to read about a forward prospect who might amount to something. Hope he gets a full season at least in Bingo before he turns up in Ottawa as “the answer”.

  • SenaTHOR

    I like St Louis but the guy is 1 injury away from being done? Is that what the Sens want.. a short term rental. He will want a NOW team and the Sens aren’t at this point with him or not.

  • Sandy

    Bruce Garrioch ‏@SunGarrioch 3h

    Nothing from Florida. Robin will start tomorrow. Hammond or Lawson will be recalled if Anderson isn’t back. #Sens

    Release the Lehner..

    • luckan20

      Confirmed Hammond has been recalled.

      • Sandy

        I believe Lawson is hurt, again…

        So who are the goalies in Bingo next season? Driedger & Brassard?

  • MoeDozer

    Ottawa Senators ‏@Senators 38s
    News Release: The #Sens have recalled goaltender Andrew Hammond from @BSens_Hockey: http://ottsens.com/1kiViq5

    any word what thats about chirp?

    EDIT:
    Ian Mendes ‏@ian_mendes 25s
    Sens have recalled goalie Andrew Hammond. Sounds like Lehner will start vs DET, as Anderson likely won’t be back. (Birth of child)

    • sprucesens

      anderson in florida i believe having a baby…

      edit: his wife is having the baby. lol

      • CUP 2014-15

        sounds funny but it’s correct. As an expecting father your often congratulated on your expecting arrival or will be introduced as expecting, so I guess it’s a little credit.

  • sprucesens

    also, sounds like mackenzie confirmed, st. louis only wants to go to NY, and we assume the rangers. Puts stevie Y in a tough spot if its the only location he’ll approve. Seems kind of chilidish to me, the way st. louis has handled this. i get the snub sucks, but you don’t whine and say, if you don’t select me to the canadian team, i’m not gonna play for you at all, and only go to once place. That really doesn’t seem to be very respectfull, as the way i see it.

    • FistsofNeil25

      So St Louis has demanded that Tampa trades him to the Rangers? Hardly seems fair. Sounds like the Nash and Heatley situations. These guys are holding their teams and their fan-bases hostage and forcing their GM’s to deal them to only one team, limiting any return in a deal.

      I for one hope Stevie Y tells St Louis he’s not dealing him. What a joke this guy is. Everyone was so happy to see him finally get his chance to represent Canada and to win a gold medal. Now he pulls a stunt like this and he’s going to lose a lot of people’s respect.

      I wouldn’t have any interest in seeing St Louis in a Sens jersey. No trade clauses are allowing these players to handcuff their teams. It’s ridiculous.

      • sprucesens

        yup, very true on the NTC’s. i wish NTC’s could only be available for 25% of the contract or something. Even 50% max. just something so the player can’t screw the GM.

    • Sandy

      Reminds me of Heatley.. he would only go to SJ.

  • Sensnation

    Don’t think St Louis is the answer for the Sens either. His skills are nice, but his timeline just doesn’t line up with our roster given how much he’d cost. Let the Rangers enjoy him.

  • SenaTHOR

    Seems a bit immature for a greybeard.

  • luckan20

    I am indifferent with Michalek. If traded, I will prefer high pick or a roster player with contract. If not sign him for an extension.

    We need to move Phillips for a high pick since he has good value with teams deep in the play-offs. I can see teams like Bruins will like to add him, since they have lost Seidenberg.

  • A-Train

    Great Lehner quote on his shaved head today:

    “I shave it to the bone every year, and then I let it grow out,” Lehner says. “It got in my eyes too much and my mask. I’m a bit extreme. Either I go real long or real short, that’s what I do with everything in my life. Either I do it full out or I don’t do it at all.” – See more at: http://www.senatorsextra.com/main/scanlan-senators-will-have-no-excuses-if-they-miss-the-playoffs#sthash.tsrt7tKN.dpuf

    • one gun mitty

      This is something that Ragnar Lothbrok would do

      • Sandy

        I don’t know if any of you saw this tweet from Robin…

        Robin Lehner ‏@RobinLehner Feb 18

        It’s weird that when i land in Ottawa from Sweden I feel like I’m home.. Most of my family and friends are in Sweden but here is my life.

  • illdistrict

    how much does St.Louis cost to be moved? ” Hey Steve, remember when we gave you a starting goalie for Conacher? “

    • MoeDozer

      Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 28m
      Teams may continue to call TBay on St Louis, but, as of now, Lightning are telling teams St Louis is locked on the New York Rangers. #tsn

      wonder if callahan is the piece going the other way.

      • RUSH RLZ

        Yeah too bad he is essentially pulling a Heatley. There is some sordid story here and I think it stinks bad on St. Louis. Doesn’t get selected or Team Canada… takes it really hard (although lots of great players didn’t get selected to USA/Canada), eventually he gets in with the Stammer injury… overly emotional after the win, shockingly Yzerman resigns from Team Canada ‘immediately’ after our glorious win, now we hear Marty wants out… now we hear he only wants to go to one team? Seriously WTF situation here, something is going on. I said earlier I’d love to bring him to Ottawa if we could keep him a couple years but… not after this. Something reeks in Denmark.

      • Doc

        Ha! Knew it.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Matt Puempel is a offically a 20 goal scorer in his first pro season in the AHL. Not bad at all. If this guy continues to develop he should score 30 in the NHL some day. That’s his pedigree. Nice to see him play so well!

    • Shibal

      Not only that, he scored those goals while playing mostly third line/fourth line minutes, rarely getting top 6 minutes, however he did get pp time, where he got 8 of 20 goals from.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Correct. Just recently he’s been put on the top line because of the Hoffman recall.

        I think he’s got some ceiling to be a real good scoring pro.

  • Andrews theory

    This will give the rangers the oldest first line in hockey outside of Detroit
    Richards, Nash St Louis

    If I’m Stevie Y I’m asking for Kreider + Girardi
    Why accept Callahan when he’ll likely head to free agency this summer

    • sprucesens

      why offer more if you know st. louis will only accept a trade to YOUR team?

  • T K

    Weird. It feels like Milan just got here and like he’s been here forever, at the same time.

  • T K

    By the way, I’ve been in Vancouver all week, proudly wearing my Sens gear, etc. and it seems like most locals are not even aware of the outdoor game on Sunday.

    • SensChirp

      Good on ya! Pretty jealous hearing about all the Sens fans that made the trip out West. Should be a fun weekend

  • SensChirp