Sens Continue to Roll in Minny- Highlights

SensChirp January 15, 2014 387
Sens Continue to Roll in Minny- Highlights

-Certainly wasn’t the most entertaining game of the season but as Bobby Ryan pointed out on Twitter, “You don’t sell tickets on the road.” The Senators took control of the game from the moment the puck was dropped, playing one of their best periods of the season to start last night’s contest. Then in the third they put Minnesota away. Pretty much a text book road game.

-Big win for Robin Lehner obviously. After watching Craig Anderson string together six solid outings in a row, he knew he was going to have to earn his ice time down the stretch. And while he wasn’t tested a whole lot, he certainly picked a good time to get his first shutout of the season. Craig Anderson is this team’s number one goalie but Lehner is more than capable of starting some important games down the stretch. Great situation for the Sens.

-Pretty strange allocation of ice time among the defenceman last night as once again, Marc Methot found his ice time cut back to just 15:31. Meanwhile Jared Cowen was up over 24 minutes. Now a lot of that has to do with Cowen being paired with Karlsson but it still seems like Methot is capable of playing a little bit more. Something to keep an eye on moving forward.

-Thought this was as good as Jason Spezza has looked in weeks. Really seemed to be moving his feet more and was much stronger on the puck than he has been. He really seems to be finding some chemistry with Mark Stone these last couple games as you can see they are starting to find each other on the ice. Not sure Colin Greening is the answer on that line though. If Murray does end up making a trade for an impact forward, the left side with Spezza and Stone seems like the ideal hole to fill.

-Man, how good is Kyle Turris? Really a treat to watch out there. His patience with the puck seems to get better with every game and he has an uncanny ability to make the “right play” just about every time. Unbelievable hockey sense. If you’re ever having a bad day, just take a look at the contract Kyle Turris is locked in at. It should put a smile on your face.

-Well I guess it was only a matter of time before “Erik Karlsson avoiding the media” became a story. Don Brennan took a run at the Sens star defenceman for not speaking with the media in 2014. First of all, I’m not sure many of the Sens fans I know really care about little generic quotes from players before and after the game. So to me, this is no big deal. But I can understand Brennan’s frustration. With that said, by admitting he’s going to pry about Karlsson’s New Year’s tweet, he’s showing exactly why Karlsson made the decision to avoid the distraction and cut off media altogether. This isn’t a long term solution for Karlsson though and at some point, he’ll have to just step in front of cameras and say, “I don’t want to talk about it.” And I would expect that from there, the media will respect the man’s privacy.

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  • A-Train

    Didn’t see the game, but lots to like in those highlights. At about 2:45 Ceci makes a really solid play to break up Neidereitter and Granlund’s give and go. Just on the right side of interference.

  • OverMind

    for me Turris IS the #1 center of this team, he has the grit spezza never had and on top of that his vision and continued ability to carry the puck through traffic, something i think spezza has struggled with, firmly puts him in #1 status.

    for me i dont think the issue is that we cant find good guys to play with spezza, spezza is the one that needs replacing, even on the third line (or line 2b) he regularly loses the puck through the neutral zone from minor pressure. Im a big spezza fan, but his game has deteriorated while the rest of the team has gotten better.

    the time is now to trade him before the rest of the league figures out his game is wanting.

    • Alcatraz

      With his injury problems, do you think we could actually get dollar for dollar on Spezza?

      Spezza seems to be happy hear, he has gone through our mini-rebuild, he has survived the losses of Hossa, Heatley, Havlat, Chara, Alfie and he is still wanting to be a big part of Ottawa. He is still great on the PP, and steps up when needed. His next contract will be lower I’d imagine.

      I get the whole he isn’t what he used to be, but we are spoiled if we think he still isn’t a top 2 Centre on any team in this league, minus Chicago/Pittsburgh

      You trade Spezza, and you get back a 1st rounder and a top prospect maybe. Nothing that will help us now

    • Tooks

      You really think Heatley scores back to back 50 without Spezza? or Alfie hitting 30+ without Spezza or Michalek hitting 35 without Spezza? or even Greening hitting 15+ without Spezza…Give yer head a shake son.

      Spezza is injury prone, his injuries slow him down that is obvious, but the fact that he hasnt played with legit top 6 players since Alfie and Heatley kinda explains his lack of elite production of late. He is no Crosby so dont even compare. But he is a top 15 C in the league when he plays. Spezza played 4 games with Ryan, hardly anything can come of that. He’s played a few with CMac and was doing well but got injured.

      Losing Spezza will set this team back another 2-3 years, not only in production but face offs, PP. TOI, etc…

      Obviously, in the end we will have to move on from him but I dont think its now or anytime soon.

      • Cicero

        As a lurker for a long time and a lifetime Sens fan, I registered now because of your comment. You sir, are absolutely correct. Not much more I can add.

  • Sicilian

    I didn’t like Cowen’s giveaways in the 3rd period. You start to get a little tired and it’s easy to make mistakes like that

    • Tooks

      Yeah no kidding, might aswell put the opposing jersey on this guy…Whatever is happening with Methot, I really hope we dont lose him in favor of Cowen…

    • Godless_Lawyer

      Soft clearing attempts have been a consistent problem for him, IMHO.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Brennan is a complete and utter idiot prick

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Great overall game, Lehner stood up when he had too. And Turris just keeps getting better and better, that contract was a brilliant one! We can’t forget MacArthur, this guy continues to shine for us. I still can’t believe Toronto let him walk. The chemistry with him and Turris is so great to see.
    Turris has taken over as the #1 C and he’s earned every bit of it. And that’s a good thing for Spezza who’s trying to get his game back. He’s looking better and better too, not having to face the same type of competition. It’s like role reversal.
    Cowen’s ice time is a reflection of the Karlsson pairing, but I have to believe it’s also a way to help boost his confidence. I think everyone agrees that Cowen hadn’t been playing well. Little by little, he’s earning more ice time and at the same time, getting his stride back. Now the question is, are the Sens trying to showcase and shop him with all this extra time, or are they simply looking after his well being as a future top 4 D in this org? That’s something we won’t know until deadline day.
    And I, like most of you, don’t give a rats ass what Brennan thinks. Poor man, can’t get an actual quote or story about Karlsson. Boo Frickity Hoo. So he does the next best thing, writes about how he can’t get one. Blah, blah, blah. He’s a Joke.
    Time to head back home after a successful road trip, looking forward to the matchup with the Habs tomorrow. Go Sens!!

  • Chris

    Just in case nobody knows, Karlssons getting a divorce

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Really?

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      This has been going on since the summer

    • Tooks

      Old news. But good for him tho, way too young.

  • F5

    Spezza did indeed look good out there last night. He seemed to have the jump he’s been missing for a while. The fact that he’s playing on a B or C line may actually be helping. I like the chemistry with Stone although I’d prefer someone like Condra over Greening with them. As for Turris, it’s clear he has emerged as this team’s top center. His and EK’s contracts will be major bargains especially when the cap jumps up in the next few seasons.

    Chirp, lots of talk BM has been chatting with the Oilers. Hemsky? Perron? Heard anything?

    • SensChirp

      They have talked before and like the guys said on Sportsnet last night and like I’ve indicated on the site before, the Oilers are overvaluing their players right now. Prices will need to come down.

      • sben

        heard that too. I forget who said it but someone said that the most the oilers can expect for hemsky is a 3rd rounder. Personally I would do that trade. It’s a gutsy BM move to do. It kinda seems like the filatov move. It could work out really well for the sens if hemsky doesn’t get injured or not at all and if hemsky does get injured. If it does work out there is a huge gain and if it doesn’t work out all we lost was a third rounder.

        • Hax

          The key of course being that the OILERS need to realize that Hemsky is only worth a 3rd. And even if they do then Ottawa would need to offer more than any other team was willing to. I’d take him for a third of course, but nothing more and I’m not holding my breath.

          • sben

            I think that if murray would offer a second rounder for hemsky and a 7th no team would match that especially for a high risk player like hemsky. The oiler will have to drop their price for sure so it is just a matter of when rather than if because the oilers really need a trade and a breath of fresh air.

          • Hax

            So in a year when we have no first rounder you’d trade our second and a seventh for a player made of glass? Yikes.

      • Cicero

        David Perron LW, 25 y.o., and speed, would be a better pursuit, but do the Oilers overvalue him?

        • CUP 2014-15

          I like this guy to but being a former 1st rounder and was traded for Paajarvi and a second so they will demand a lot.

    • Finn 8

      Please No Hemsky

  • CUP 2014-15

    To Mac and the coaching staff…Sorry, Sorry, Sorry. I was over critical of early line combos, D pairings and PP line-up. There got they out.
    This team just seems to be getting better day after day, let’s hope we don’t have that first game at home after a road trip blues.
    Loved the endless pressure and forecheck the team is starting to apply more and more each game. That was a clinic in the first. With Neil returning the team becomes a little tougher to play against. In regards to Karl and the media, it’s hockey any questions in regards to his relationship or the size of his junk can be left for Brennen to dream about. Keep it professional scribs. As far as MM’s ice time I believe it relates to whom is playing with CC. Don’t get me wrong I love this kids play but if you look back when MM was playing with EG. CP was skating at that 16 min per game area, as is CC if you remove his PP time. Something to look deeper into maybe as I just took a quick glance,
    BIG GAME V HABS, We can be 5 back heading into the weekend….GO SENS GO

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Man oh man dont I love winning. These wins have been happening and out top scorer(Bobby Ryan) has not been able to find the back of the net. This is a sign of good things because watching him last night, you can tell he really wants a goal. Also, is it jsut me or does Cody Ceci look like hes been playing in the NHL for years..I hate to say it but I feel like Chris Phillips needs to go and end his career. I know he wants a cup but I think his time is up. Also, I didnt catch the first 2 periods. How did Weircoch look? I really like this guy but seems like He is not on the coachs side? Huge 9 games coming up. Just keep picking up points! GO SENS GO

    • Tooks

      I knew Ceci would make an immediate impact, he’s my boy from Orleans!
      always thought he would make the jump from juniors straight to pro, a little AHL for pro game conditioning and boom!

      We are lucky to have him be NHL rdy this young and factoring in games.

      • SenaWalrus

        Who are you and what did you do with the real “Tooks”?

        Kidding – nice to see you saying something positive.

        • Tooks

          I’ve been promoting Ceci since his playing days with the 67′s.

          • gds

            the guy is awesome

  • sben

    I seriously hope that the reason Cowen is playing more is that they are gonna trade him for another player. In my opinion he is the only really overrated player in ottawa.

    • Michenator

      I fear you might be right about Cowen getting traded but I also feel like in 2-3 years Cowen is gonna find his beast mode and become an amazingly scary player. Pending his health.

      • sben

        I don’t think he will turn out like chara. Cowen has so many things that he needs to work on that he simply cannot be a good player. His balance is absolutely atrocious. His passes and shots are all really weak because of it and that makes the other team alot more able to intercept or get the puck after he passes it. Usually the other senators on the team make up for his mistakes but alot of times it causes the other team to get goals. Also alot of times he goes into the offensive zone way to deep and then the other team gets it and there are odd man rushes because he can’t get back to the defensive zone.

        • SensChirp

          Same could have been said for Chara during his Islander days. They always say, you can’t teach “big”. Watching Cowen, I feel like the issues with his game are mostly fixable. He just seems to get lost on the ice sometimes.

          • Doc

            God how people quickly forget. Chara was HORRIBLE in his early seasons. Cowen is still a project, but a project with huge upside. Giving up on him so early would be a huge mistake (pun intended).

          • Tooks

            Again Chara was KNOWN throughout the league as a hard hitting, heavy shot, defensive defencemen who could fight in only his 2nd year as an Islander. He played on an atrocious team but stood his ground pretty well.

            I guess the 1 thing you can take out of that is Chara didnt committ boneheaded plays every game. And by his 3rd and 4th year he was already known to become a great Def D.

            Cowen is in his 3rd year and hasnt shown any indication that he can be an elite D man. He hasnt even shown he can be a top 4.

          • Doc

            Think what you want but you’re wrong. Not going through this again with you. He was horrible and a throw-in in that trade. Nothing more.

            You’re probably too young to even remember him in his NYI days, let alone watch him play. You saying that Chara was showing flashes of him beeing an ‘Elite’ D man is laughable at best and just proves my point that you didn’t watch him play.

            Again, not having this discussion with you anymore.

          • Tooks

            Chara in only his 2nd year with the NYI was already known to be a hard defencemen to play against, heavy hitter and a heavy shot. Yeah his skating sucks and still does a bit to this day but he has so many other intangibles that Cowen doesnt possess.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Ya, gotta love the second and third years in NY’
            Year 2 65 gp 11 pts -27
            year 3 82 gp 9 pts -27
            for those who think this is the sign of a future Norris winner and a good young D give your head a shake. Cowen is young and will be a solid top paring D in the NEAR future.

    • Hax

      I’m sure it’s more that they want to get return on the investment they’ve made in him (going back to the pick used to get him). Defensemen don’t develop unless they play – A LOT. He’s getting better and while we’d all like him to be Chara 2.0 already he’ll need time to get there.

    • Doc

      You’re seriously ready to give up on a 22 year old 6’5 defensemen? What play has warranted this opinion in the last few weeks? He’s been solid lately.

      • Tooks

        Fuck yeah, especially if its Evander Kane or Perron coming the other way, they produce, Cowen doesnt.

        • Doc

          You’re comparing a scoring forward to a shutdown D? Since when Cowen’s job has been to ‘produce’?

          • Pugnacious Serf

            LMAO. I agree with you. Yeah, we want a fragile one concussion away from retirement Perron, great line mate for Spezza, they can both keep each other company on IR. Chara was a project, he wasn’t elite anything and he started into the league a couple year after Cowen would have, so I’m not sure why some on this board want to compare the two. So far this season Cowen has been a hitting machine, #3 in the NHL among D and a hell of a lot less giveaways then some “elite” D. What do people expect from a stay at home defenseman? Cowen has lots of room to grow.

      • Jason

        I agree, Cowen is playing like shit this year but he’s still young and has too much potential to trade away.

  • Tooks

    Yep good win, despite Parise and Harding being out of the line up, we’ll take any win we cant get at this point.

  • whammer44

    The dumping on Spezza reminds me of what used to happen to Alfie before people realized how good he was and that its more the body of work and not individual games over an 82 game season. Spezza is a point/game producer and a little more than a season removed from finishing #4 in scoring for the entire league. He is only 30 and once he is fully recovered from the nagging injuries he will get back to the player he is. Teams are only good as the strength down the middle. IMO with Turris, Spezza, Zbad and Smith the Sens stack up pretty good with the elite teams of the league. One more minute cruncher on D and another top 6 forward and I would put this team up with the best of the eastern conference

    • Cicero

      I agree, and would even suggest that this team needs only one thing to break through into the ‘elite’ tier. TIME. In time, the young forwards will continue to improve, and that much sought-after top-6 fwd will emerge from within. Ceci, Cowen, and Wiercioch will nurture their skill sets with experience. Andy’s back on stride. Spezza is showing, since his return, that he is teachable and willing to adapt — one of the reasons the Sens dominated last night was because Spezza made a conscious effort to play smart in both ends of the rink. At least that’s how his play appeared to me. The Sens have all the goods to be that top tier team in the second half.

      • whammer44

        You may be correct that in time one of Cowen or Wiercioch may turn into that player. However from what I’ve watched of Cowen this year, he should be refining his development in Bingo. He looks slow and his turns in the corners reflect that. He hasn’t been quick enough to process and react to pressure and one of the reasons Karlsson’s defensive play has looked worse this year as they have been paired together. The puck is in the Sens zone longer because of Cowen’s current weaknesses and there is more pressure on Karl (and the rest of the team) as a result. I’m not sold on Cowen and if they could move him in some kind of package for a guy like Christian Ehrhoff I’d do it. Tim Murray was in on the drafting of Cowen so he may have a soft spot for him.

  • Hax

    I would love for Brennan to be run out of town. Sadly it won’t happen since the Sun (for some reason) has a lot of pull.

    Do we as fans “need to know” what’s going on in Karlsson’s personal life? You can’t even make some sort of weak claim that it’s impacting the team or his play.

    I swear, if Brennan does corner Karlsson somehow and then his play is impacted in a negative way I’m going to snap.

    • Doc

      The worst part is he has become somewhat of a regular on TSN1200 which I can’t understand for the life of me. The guy has 0 hockey knowledge and just loves to stir the pot.

      Was listening to him on a pre-game show the other day while driving. I guess I was lucky I didn’t have any fork around me to stick in my eye.

      • Hax

        Yeah I like TSN1200 but every once in a while they demonstrate a fondness for “shock” radio. Jungle Jim was over the top (though employed mostly due to his long list of NHL contacts he could get on air). Simmer is not horrible but sometimes gets hard to listen to – but again, he’s likely got a lot of contacts that he can get on air as well.

        Still can’t think of any reason whatsoever for Brennan (or Garrioch for that matter) to be on the air.

        • Doc

          The Ottawa Sun’s ties with TSN1200…. The fact that he’s one of the media “reporters” (can’t even write that without cringing) and gets to ask players questions terrifies me. No wonder most players think the media are scum.

        • Bob

          On the air?? I can’t think of any reason either one of them to write about sports, let alone hockey. :)

      • PraiseAlfie11

        I actually turn off the station when he or that garrioch guy are on. If I’m going to be subjected to 5 minutes of commercials every 15 minutes, the guys talking better be worth listening to. Neither brennan nor garrioch are worth listening to.

  • Hax

    A bit curious as well about Methot. His “extra rest”, his name coming up in a few trade rumors and now getting less ice. I think it’s more about pairings and happy to see him paired with Ceci rather than in the bottom pairing, but still wonder if he’s in our future plans or not.

    I think with all the young guys we have we should be looking to keep Methot for sure (assuming he’s not looking for $8M or something). And even pure talent/balance-wise he’s a guy I think slots into our long term plans.

    Time will tell I guess.

    • sben

      If the sens would trade him then they would play methot more not less. It odesn’t make sense. I think it is Cowen they want to trade.

      • Hax

        I don’t think teams think more about “showcasing” than they do about winning games. By your logic our #1 asset to trade is Karlsson.

        • sben

          But we know that karlsson isn’t on the trade block. Karlsson is playing more because he is one the teams best players. Cowen or methot very well might be especially after the the murray and melnyk trade talk. Also it is unusual for Cowen to be playing so much. In the past three games cowen has played 4 or five minutes more than regular. If you go back around ten games most of his game minutes are under 20 minutes. Obviously mac is going to play players that he thinks can hold the fort out there but if BM asks him to play player to showcase them Mac will showcase them.

          • Hax

            That just coincides with Cowen being paired with Karlsson. I’ve never known the Sens to “showcase” players other than perhaps playing a fourth liner a few games instead of scratching him.

            Teams don’t generally showcase players on their top D pairing.

            Not saying Cowen won’t get traded, but I would think him being paired with Karlsson is actually an indication that he’s LESS likely to be traded in the short term.

            But who knows.

          • sben

            Karlsson has and can play with almost any player on this team and he has to because he plays so many minutes. I think that Mac might play him with karl to make Cowen look better because when any defenseman plays with karl it makes them look better. I may be wrong. BTW there are no top pairings or low pairings. There are just pairings. You may be right. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see.

          • Hax

            No top pairings? Last I checked the ice time is spread around unevenly with one pairing getting the most minutes. This pairing that gets the most ice time is often considered the “top” pairing.

  • Hax

    Anyone know a t-shirt guy? Thinking maybe we sell some “Team Karlsson” and “Team Brennan” t-shirts. Should only need two of the latter variety.

    • SuperSENS

      <3 this idea.

    • Zelle

      I could probably make some. Or something like Karlsson: “No comment.”

  • Miguel

    Great road game by our boys yesterday!
    And with all the positives right now:
    3 strong scoring lines
    a solid 4th line that limits mistakes and keeps opposition off the board.
    Great goaltending, with reliable d-zone play.
    I do have a couple of questions and was wondering what the rest of Sens Army was thinking on these two scenarios:
    Right now I really like the play of the 4 lines, and that includes Kasssian on the 4th line, which means that Neil continues to sit out.
    Also of more importance, I really like PW play on D last night, he is stepping up in our zone, and dominates in the O-zone.
    As well, there is not question in my mind that Gryba is better that Phillips in all areas of their games. He hits harder, is meaner, can drop them, and has a good shot from the point.
    At which point do we REALLY let the best players play, and have both PW and Gryba ahead of CP and Corvo?
    I am really looking forward to the big “playoff like” game tomorrow night.
    GSG!!!

    • Hax

      Don’t underestimate experience and leadership on the ice. An NHL game isn’t a skills competition and while one could argue that Gryba and PW both have passed Phillips in execution (though I’m not sure it’s clear-cut), you still need someone directing traffic and reading what the other team is trying to do etc. Some will say the coaches can handle this but I would argue those people have never coached or played high level hockey.

      Nothing wrong with Wiercioch and Gryba fighting for that sixth spot while Phillips plays/leads.

      • Senatollah

        Agreed! Phillips experience is needed. Gryba will be gone after this season anyways, refuses to finish checks in defensive zone, too many fly bys for a guy his size

    • CUP 2014-15

      AGREE 100% in your assessment, three lines that can score and a fourth that will be a pain in the ass to play against. Also the D coverage success can be credited to the forwards coming back harder and not vacating the D zone too early like they were at the start of the season. Our Dmen were getting all the blame early on but I for one was putting a ton of the blame on the forward group so I have to give them credit today. Let’s keep improving lads and keep climbing the standings.

  • Hax

    Pageau off to Bingo. Looks like Neil is ready to return.

  • Omar

    honestly, if the sen’s are gonna trade anyone, trade greening, puempel and possibly pageau in a package deal. Michalek should get another contract with sens, he’s a good player, he’s finding his game again, and shows hustle when he’s out on the ice. Stop with the whole trade Cowen and Spezza trade, it’s one season they play bad, what happens with all the people ottawa trades after they have a bad season. Give it a rest guys, Cowen is going to adapt to being one of the nhl’s elite defenseman because of his size and eagerness to play. Spezza obviously the guy needs to rest, your all trash talking the guy because he’s injury prone. Spezza and karlsson are the face of the franchise now, so spezza karlsson mcCarthur turris ryan cowen methot michalek condra ceci neil weircoch zbinajed conacher and stone should stay sens, no trades or allowing them to walk, this is a cup team, trade greening pageau and puemple to get a top 6 forward and put him on the line with spezza.

    Yakupov – Spezza – Stone
    McCarthur – Turris – Ryan
    Michalek – Zbinajed – Conacher
    Kassian – Smith – Neil

    Cowen – Karlsson
    Methot – Ceci
    Philips – Weircoch

    Anderson
    Lehner

    • Finn 8

      i rather have Greening than Yakupov

      • Luc Wolfe

        Yakupov seems to be a big distraction

        • Finn 8

          I would like some one with some veteran leadership for that top 6 in a trade

          • Finn 8

            Maybe we can get Gary Roberts to come out of retirement

          • dotdash

            GARRRRY ROBBBERTS !

            (high fives all round)

    • Senatollah

      You cant keep everyone year to year, so changes need to be made.
      You have to manage and make room for rookies and project players playing in the AHL

    • Jason

      Keep Michalek? Are you crazy?! Lol he is horrible and he really only had one good year. Without looking at his stats i’m going to guess that he is at least -20 so far this year.

      • s3nsfan

        You’re totally wrong, -19 LMAO

        no i wouldn’t be opposed to getting rid of Michalek

      • Guest

        Why can you see who voted up but not who voted down?

        • Hax

          Because grown ups shouldn’t really care about either.

          • Doc

            Lol.

            Love it.

          • s3nsfan

            Awesome reply, i literally laughed out loud.

            Probably to save a lot of server room for the temper tantrums when people vote others down

  • Zakary

    What did karlsson tweet??

    • xN1Cx

      That his 2013 was horrible basically and that he is looking forward to a much better 2014.

      • s3nsfan

        if the media can’t figure out that having his achilles basically cut in half, having alfredsson, his mentor leave town, make for a bad enough year, than that’s their problem for not being able to see what is right in front of them, i mean we are talking about Don f*ing Brennan

        • Hax

          Except none of those are the reasons EK doesn’t want to talk to guys like Brennan. Brennan already knows what it is (marital problems) and it’s driving his black heart crazy that he can’t write about it and that he can’t put EK on the spot in a scrum and feel like a big man.

          • Doc

            What a scumbag,

          • s3nsfan

            Than that just makes him all the more of a douche bag. I saw a good picture the other day, it was a celebrity holding a poster over his face saying “film something important” why aren’t the media reporting important issues instead of the personal marital problems of a person, so he plays hockey, he’s still a person and I can’t speak for anyone else, but I certainly don’t want to read about somebody’s marital problems with my morning coffee.

          • SuperSENS

            That’s the Sun for you, sadly — it’s only good use is as toilet paper for my pets.

          • Guest

            must hate your pets

          • SuperSENS

            How so? They don’t mind pooping all over Brennan and his article — it seems like poetic justice IMO.

  • Cicero

    I’ll just be the voice crying from the wilderness here: Don’t trade! Nurture and cultivate what we have got. Don’t trade anyone. The current roster is sitting at a tipping point for a breakthrough into the NHL elite.

    As has been mentioned here, we’re strong down the middle and getting stronger with every game. After so many years of struggling with goaltending, we have a pair of beasts between the pipes. Our blueline is solid and EK is only going to get scarier. Prospects continue to come, with Lazar (power forward + leadership) coming up in a couple of years.

    This is the first Sens team IMO that has no major weaknesses. And it’s a young team.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I like your thinking but we have too many bodies and are so young there is not enough room for the ones coming so we will need to package and improve in one area ( seems like top 6 fwd ) with Hoffman, Prince, Peumple, JGP and others about to watch Lazar blow by them.
      On D there is Karl, MM, Cowen, CC, PW, EG, BORO, Gleasson and Wickstand??sp. on the way.

      • Cicero

        Too many bodies….good point. I’d prefer to wait to see over the summer before shaking things up. By mid-March, our position in the standings will likely be the chief factor to determine how urgently moves need to be made.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Agree, no hurry to make the move when your winning but there has to be one made at some point.

  • Doc

    Turris’s contract will become the best bang-for-buck in the league in the near future. The kid keeps getting better and better. And you know he’s a special player when he makes others around him better.
    Hopefully we can re-sign MacArthur as well as Ryan to longer contracts. What a fun line to watch.

    • CUP 2014-15

      True Doc and I think his contract may already be the best bang for the buck, what a steal of a deal.

      • Doc

        I already think so. Crazy when you think about it.

        What a treat to watch.

    • dotdash

      He actually just had his FIRST full training camp in Ottawa.
      Seems to have really helped as he’s buying and fitting
      into the PM system perfectly.

  • NickofTime

    I have to say I still find Spezza to be a very frustrating player to watch, he still makes way too many dumb plays like when Stone passed the puck to the front of the net where 99% of players would have gone Spezza decides to go high & put the defenceman between him & the puck, idiot. Speaking of idiots, Karlsson continues to do two things, one is he continues to get pts & 2nd he continues to take way too many risks with the puck. In fact, he is becoming the new Spezza for me, I find him just as frustrating to watch as Spezza now. If the Sens were to eliminate the giveaways & mistakes of just these two guys they could be in first place.

    I also take exception to you saying Greening doesn’t belong on that line. Greening is the defensive conscience on that line & those two need that with all the mistakes Spezza makes. If BM does make a deal for another goal scoring forward I would like to see him play with Zibanejad who could use a goal scoring winger more so than Spezza. Spezza is too unpredictable with the puck & no one can figure out what he is going to do which is why there are so many lost opportunities when he has the puck.

    Glad to see Brennan go after Karlsson, he deserves to be questioned about his crap play at times. Also nice to see Pageau sent to Bingo this morning, Ottawa will be a much better, bigger, tougher team without him. For all those who argued with me that Turris would never be a #1 centre, suck it. I don’t know about anybody else but I feel more comfortable watching the Sens when Lehner is in net than Anderson, Craig has become the new Lalime for me, you never know when he is going to allow a weak goal, you can see Lehner is so intense in the net, I like having a tough guy in net.

    • Hax

      “Glad to see Brennan go after Karlsson, he deserves to be questioned about his crap play at times” – uh, Brennan doesn’t want to ask Karlsson about his play at all. He wants to corner the guy about personal issues that have zero to do with hockey, hence why Karlsson is avoiding him and the media in general until he’s ready to dish out some “no comments”.

      Can’t believe anyone with half a brain would support Brennan in this. If you want to say Karlsson should man up and face the music etc that’s one thing, but Brennan is using oxygen that could be going to actual human beings or pets that contribute more to society.

      • FBP

        I feel like Brennan is responsible for frustrating a lot of Ottawa Senators over the years.

        I suppose that’s what he is paid to do. He just seems to really pick his battles out of no where and seems to go about it so unprofessionally.

        • SenaTHOR

          Brennan is perceived as a total DICK. As soon as a player goes into a slump he is on him bigtime. I heard the players really dislike him( cant divulge source its second hand anyway) and it is only going to get worse for him . They like Garrioch much better. He’s not a namecaller like Brennan. Brennan is more like a blogger in his tactics. He should have realized this would come back and bite him in the ass.

          • FBP

            Damn bloggers. :)

        • SuperSENS

          They don’t pay him to be an asshole — he does that for free.

      • dotdash

        Is it time to start email and phone bombing Douchbag Donnie ?

        Or prying into his private life?

        Anybody got any pictures we can post ?

        • SuperSENS

          No photos please. We don’t need to see his tiny package, to paraphrase the words of Matt Cooke.

    • boom

      Ok, so let me get this straight.
      Spezza and Karlsson need to smarten up, and look to Greening as an example of how to play the game.
      Brennan is doing his job by devoting his article to the fact that Karlsson is making it hard to do his job.
      Is that pretty much your view of the world today?

    • Bob

      Lalime was one of Ottawa’s best goalies (stat people add here), if you like to re-live the last few “soft” goals he let in, so be it. Those sun media (and I’ll use the media and sports reporter term loosley) sports reporters are complete idoits. I really like both of our current goalies, but to say one is waaayyy better than the other one, not so sure that’s a fair assesment.

    • Alcatraz

      Soooo this just happened

  • CUP 2014-15

    Does anyone have an update on CP’s injury ?

    • Miguel

      yup… old age is hindering his skating abilities :-)
      solution decreased minutes and maintenance days… of course I am kidding and hope he all right after that puck to the face

    • Hax

      Haven’t seen anything but I’d be willing to bet he’s back playing tomorrow. In fact, if it were a 1-0 game I bet he’d have been back last night. Broken nose maybe?

    • Jason

      Out for the season.
      Oh wait, sorry that was only in my dreams.

  • Hax

    Too bad for Pageau but not really a setback given that he’s still very young. Would have been nice to get a Pageau chant going tomorrow though.

    One of the great things about this team this year has been that we’ve had a half dozen guys that showed they’re getting close to NHL-ready. So much depth.

  • Zelle

    Thanks for the link Chirp. I love that an “article” is essentially one big whine from a reporter about a player not being willing to talk to him. Pathetic. Maybe if they asked decent questions, the players would be more open.

    • Hax

      Doni’s thinking “Hmm, Karlsson won’t let me pry about his personal life – maybe if I martyr myself in an article about that he’ll feel guilty and give me a juicy quote”. I love how he claims “my bosses wanted me to ask about it” – total BS but then again I guess any “newspaper” that keeps that jackass employed is capable of that sort of thinking.

      Guy is basically just an internet troll who happens to work for a media outlet.

      • spezzerman

        Don Brennan adds nothing to the hockey conversation and I dont read his articles but given how mcuh attention this one got, I skimmed it;

        two comments I will make are;

        Karlsson put the comment out to the public via twitter on NYE. This is on him and of course the local media want to know what is behind it. He made it the public’s business in the first place.

        And – Brennan did say if KArlsson told him it was personal, he would lay off. He is a slimeball who cant be trusted but since Karlsson started this, he should say – “that tweet was referencing a personal issue I am not interested in talking about further publicly.”

        Then let DB keep his word…and if he doesn’t the vitriol is deserved.

  • Hax

    Hey Chirp – in terms of tweaks to the site do you think you could add “recent posts” to the right well (above or below the tweets)? Would help make sure nobody misses a post or ChirpEd submission etc.

    • SensChirp

      Well maybe if people would actually submit a ChirpEd entry! But ya, that’s not a bad idea.

  • QSenFan

    I think that Methot getting less ice time last night has more to do with resting him a bit for the first game back at home against Habs than any trade speculation. Unless he asked for unrealistic dollars and term, I assume Murray will try to keep him around for a few more years: Good leader, plays very sound D, pairs well with any other D-man, is tough and physical and could be a good role model for the younger D-corps.

  • dotdash

    So the player that Brennan called a “garbage pick” when the Sens drafted him

    doesn’t want to talk to him ?

    HMMMMMMMMMM !

    • Doc

      I still have that article bookmarked. What a gem.

      Don’t understand why anyone hasn’t called him out on that yet. What a flake.

      • SensChirp

        He is called out on that regularly.

        • Doc

          I heard most people get banned from his twitter. I want someone to call TSN1200 while he’s on and call him out on air to see his response.

          • one gun mitty

            Ummmmm – you could do it – I like your indignation

          • Doc

            I’ll try next time I’m listening while he’s on!

    • FBP

      There was even another article in the Sun about that comment discussing how dumb the comment was. They interviewed the dude who called EK a garbage pick.

  • SenaTHOR

    It would be like Cowen granting an interview to Yost or Adnan. He’d just tell the to FO and go make some more shit up. Reporters and to some extent the lowly blogger has to maintain a certain ethic to maintain a certain amount of respect from the player. My guess is most players don’t follow the blogs but friends etc do. I would expect more players read the newspapers which have MUCH more influence.

    • Millennium

      I highly doubt the players read the sports section of the Sun with any regularity. Its devoid of useful content. It’s influence is only effective as you reach a 40+ or 50+ demographic who are still more comfortable with the tactile experience for their news.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Sens hottest team in the East at 7-1-2. 8 of next 12 on the road before the Olympic break. If the lads could pick up 16 of 24 possible points we will be in great shape heading into the home stretch. SOOOOOO looking forward to putting a beating on the Smurfs tomorrow, 5-1 Sens with Bobby and Spezz breaking out. This one could get very physical, and Subban will be crying yet AGAIN…

    • Luc Wolfe

      can’t be that physical, habs arent able to play that type of game. But we can :)

      • CUP 2014-15

        Frustration can make the poor little guys stupid enough to try as they did in game 4 last year.

        • Luc Wolfe

          would you actually mind that happening again?

          • Doc

            One of my top 5 moments as a Sens fan. I still watch that brawl from time to time just to put a smile on face.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Praying for it, Old school hockey, beat em in the alleys and beat em on the board baby, Send a message.

          • Doc

            One of my fav pics.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I like the one just after the fight with the Mtl. players all looking at the scoreboard with that were so F#@KED look on their faces.

          • Zelle

            Can you post that one? I’ve never seen

          • CUP 2014-15

            Looked and couldn’t find it. Watch the end of the video and you can get an idea of what I am referring to. I am a senior citizen and still have trouble with technology. LOL.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Welcome to Ottawa Montreal

    • aegiszx

      Having seen them play over the weekend against the Hawks, I can’t say I’m worried about the match-up. They looked flat, weren’t executing well, and uninspired, especially Price & Subban (funny how their performances post olympics announcement has them slacking…) Not to mention they got creamed by the Devils recently in their last game. Should be a routine win for the boys.

  • Dirtysweetness

    Just another boring staff room lunch until a co-worker brought up “trade Lazar, Lehner and a pick for Ladd and Bogo”. Anyway, thought I’d throw it in here….(don’t shoot the messenger)

    • Luc Wolfe

      Lehner is my go to guy to win the cup, if Anderson wins it its because we have won the cup in this campaign or next year.

    • Sensnation

      Well Lazar is untouchable as the gm said recently, and he’s said in the past that Lehner was as well.

    • Zelle

      No, no, and no.

    • one gun mitty

      after YEARS and YEARS of being a “Goalie Graveyard” Ottawa
      has finally got a solid goaltending situation

      Why would they throw that away so easily ?

    • Guest

      I’ll let Tracy do the talking.

    • Doc
  • iamwickid

    Spezza plays well when he wants to. Last night he was playing against Heatley, and he always tends to have an extra spark when up against his former linemate

    • Luc Wolfe

      he did play very well except for that one no look back pass he did, but it didn’t hurt us.

      • Aaron 2.0

        He’ll always have one of these every now and then. But, as long as the good heavily out-ways the bad (like last night), these are easily excused.

    • SensChirp

      Nah. Spezza plays well when he’s healthy and his body is feeling good.

      With the C on his jersey, he absolutely wanted to take his game to another level this season but lingering injuries from last year and a couple new ones that have popped up this season have not allowed him to do that.

      Last night we saw indications he may be starting to feel closer to 100%.

      • Aaron 2.0

        By far, that was Spezza’s best game of the season! He put up numbers early on, but I didn’t think he looked all that good during that early stretch, to be honest. The puck was finding him just enough to get some goals and assists. But, the skating and play-making really wasn’t there, which was sort of exaggerated by how bad his line was playing defensively. But, last night – WOW! It was watching a completely different player. He was skating so well. And, he was seeing the ice really good too. If it was injuries, and he’s getting over it, i’m sure we’ll all breathe a huge sigh of relief. You just never know how an injury will affect a player long-term.

        • SenaTHOR

          But you must realize that Minny’s game was probably the worst in a long time.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I agree, he will need to replicate that performance a few times before we I start praising hallelujah!

    • dotdash

      was it just me or did Heatley look sad and pathetic ?

      • Doc

        That’s his default look.

  • one gun mitty

    Don Brennan needs to learn that Erik Karlsson is NOT Ottawa’s version of Justin Bieber.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I am not backing up Brennan in any way (he`s is a clown), but the organization probably has to sit down with Karlsson and let him know that as the best player on the team they expect him to be available for interviews (as long as they are about hockey). As part of his salary, i`m sure he`s expected to be a good ambassador for the organization and the sport.

      • Doc

        I disagree.

        Post game interviews are meaningless most of the time, and if your star player has things going on outside of the team that clearly affects him, you don’t push it further.

        They are people like the rest of us, and deserve some sort of privacy.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I`m not saying to push anything, personally. Just that players have other obligations aside from playing hockey, which is especially true in Canadian markets (i`d use Fisher and Alfredsson as prime examples).

          • Doc

            Redden is a good example of how personal matters can really affect your on-ice play.Sometimes guys just need a little space to get back on track.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I guess I can concede on this a bit. At my job, generally my personal life can not (& should not) influence my work (but within reason). I suppose things come up in everybody`s life that affect other aspects of it. My own example would be that I was given some latitude at work when my son was born (for the 1st few weeks). I can get behind someone needing breathing space, especially since these guys are public figures. But, long-term (or even medium-term) Karlsson has to get back to doing interviews. He is one of the most visible faces of the franchise. Part of his job is being there to represent the team. I don`t really know much of what is going on (I live outside the Ottawa bubble). I don`t care to. I don`t think anything is affecting his play that much. I just expect him to do for the team what he has always done (including interviews). But, I can see your point about a little bit of time for some breathing space – I guess the more I thought about it, that seems more than fair.

      • Hax

        When you factor in the notion that Karlsson (apparently) aspires to wear a letter some day then I do agree to a point. I don’t think he should be pushed/rushed however since he doesn’t wear a letter (yet – unless there are injuries I guess) and he’s still pretty young despite everything else.

        It’s something he needs to learn how to handle more than something that’s part of his contract IMO.

  • Mike Bauer

    I must have missed the tweet EK65 did on New Years…can someone elaborate?

    • Hax

      That’s the one.

    • Sicilian

      WHAT????? He’s getting a divorce? He just got married! That can’t be true.

      • Hax

        Not sure if the divorce is imminent or underway, but she’s apparently back in Sweden “for good”.

        • Sandy

          Well she did go back to school.
          That went down fast. They were together at Turris’ wedding in August.. And she never came over in Sept? So it took 1 mos to get a divorce?

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC4m
    Just got off plane…hearing Matt Hendricks to Edmonton…not sure if out there

    I hope some trades get started…hopefully one smaller one gets everything to drop.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Gino Reda ‏@GinoRedaTSN1m
      Wow! RT @EdmontonOilers: #Oilers acquire forward Matt Hendricks from @PredsNHL in exchange for goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        If that is all this is a perfect example of why Edmonton will never improve.

  • SensChirp

    Such a weird deal for the Oilers to make. Has to be more coming from them which I’m sure is frightening for their fans. They even picked up half of Dubnyk’s salary….

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      OMG really;…so it is even worse than it looks?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Lots of people saying the rumors are picking up after that…guess my wish came true.

      If the Leafs get a shit load for Reimer I will be even more upset by the Bishop trade.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Such a strange move. I wonder what Mac T is up to? Probably nothing.

    • sprucesens

      I feel bad for Hendricks. Who knows what else the oil are up to? Having no D or G signed for next year leaves a lot of possibilities.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Coudln’t resist responding to your last tweet about Brennan

    • Sensnation

      WTF are the oilers doing? Any other GM would’ve gotten more for Dubnyk. He’s no gem, but he’s certainly better than a 4th line C. Does this mean Rinne is going to be out longer than expected?

      • sben

        The oilers wanted a checking 4th line C. That was one of the main issues that the oilers has to change. Nashville was able to take advantage of this. I remember there were rumors of the oilers wanting a smith for hemsky type trade with a few extra pieces but it never happened. They’re also relying on bryzgalov who is a good goalie for them it seems.

        • Sensnation

          Oh I get that’s 1 of their 10 holes on the team, but shouldn’t be a priority. That’s trading your best goalie, Bryz sucks, for someone who will play 10-12mins a game if that.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Seriously…something else HAS to be going down there almost immediately. If not the pitchforks will be out at the Oilers next game.

    • sprucesens

      strange that they acquired a forward no less. You’d think it would have at least been a lower end D…

      • illdistrict

        no doubt Dubnyk’s trade value is next to nothing with the speculation of ducks and leafs shipping out one of their goalies. lower end d or even a prospect would make more sense..

    • FistsofNeil25

      Who knows. The Oilers are going to continue be bad for a very long time with these types of shitty moves. It’s too bad. I feel bad for their fanbase. That organization has had the wrong guys calling the shots for a long time now. It starts with Kevin Lowe and trickles down.

      • Doc

        Management is definitely the problem.

        Many high calibre players that aren’t playing to their potential. What a crappy organisation Edmonton is.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Agree completely, I have never once thought that Dubnyk was the problem there.

        • sprucesens

          dubnyk is definitely a problem. He just wasn’t their only problem. The guy was good for at least one soft goal per game. The kind that an all star D couldn’t prevent, like muffin’s from the top of the circle with no screen or deflection.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            One word

            Elliott

          • sprucesens

            yeah, Elliot was bad at letting in some bad timing goals. That’s why we don’t have him anymore. yes he had a great year in st. Louis and is still doing alright. Maybe the same can happen for dubnyk, without the oilers in front of him. either way, i’m sure he’s happy. Hendricks….not so much

          • CUP 2014-15

            ANSWER ALEX IS WHO HOLDS THE RECORD FOR LONGEST SHUT OUT STREAK IN NHL PLAY-OFFS, THANK YOU FLYERS.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Sorry the meds are kicking in that was the answer to Lalime

      • sprucesens

        yeah I know, living in Edmonton, I thought about it the other day, and how I gave up on that team like 15 years ago. My friends won’t even talk hockey with me since they are oil fans. Most are light hearted about it, but I think would actually care a little more if they had something to cheer about. I think it would be hard to be a sens fan if they did as bad as the oil, year after year after year….. we go one year without playoffs and its so hard to stomach, let alone what, 7? and in that 7 being perpetually the worst team in hockey. And showing no signs of getting better…
        Go sens GO

  • gds

    office rumour is sens might be bringing in a couple former players for some roles in hockey ops/hockey development

    • Doc

      Dono!!

    • sprucesens

      neato! lol. any word on trade rumours now that murray has a green light?

      • gds

        well del zotto was almost a sen, but the current run changed those plans

        • Doc

          Really glad that’s the case.

        • sben

          would you know what the rangers were asking for del zotto?

          • CUP 2014-15

            my understanding from a report by Brooks was they wanted Methot

          • gds

            heard 1st offer FROM rangers had methot, than counter was condra greening and shane prince

          • Hax

            Hard to imagine we’d trade fro MDZ without sending at least one D the other way. Unless Murray has offers on the table for a couple of D he can pull off after.

            Either way, glad we didn’t get MDZ – not a huge fan.

          • sprucesens

            yikes. really glad we didn’t jump on that bandwagon. if methot was going, i’d want brassard back. The other offer I could have lived with

          • SensChirp

            Sens had no interest in including Methot but the Rangers did ask about Stone

          • gds

            heard after they asked for methot, they didnt speak for about 2 weeks

          • sprucesens

            lol, yeah, no kidding. I would think we would have had to send at least 1 D back in the package deal. Anyways, from my opinion, nice to see we are using condra and greening as trade chips

          • sben

            We could’ve replaced methot with gryba. Still I think BM made the right decision not to trade methot. I would’ve done it if they would have given DZ and a 5th rounder for methot.

          • Doc

            Good god Murray probably laughed and hung up after that first offer.

    • Sandy

      WADE!!!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    AJ Jakubec ‏@AJonSports1m
    Hearing Ben Scrivens might be on the move. Edmonton bound? #LAKings

    Well he nailed it last time

    • Sensnation

      That would be just like Edmonton to pay for a career backup on a stacked team.

    • Zelle

      Looks like you were right.

  • Sensnation

    Really strange how Methot is losing so much ice time this year. He really seems to be falling out of favor with the coach. I think Cowen and Ceci’s recent play has led to some of that, along with Methot not being as fluid as he was last year with Karlsson, but I still like him on the team, especially in a shutdown pairing type role.

    • sben

      I still don’t understand why the methot and gryba pairing wasn’t a lock. That pairing was able to shut down some pretty good forward lines.

      • CUP 2014-15

        they looked damn good together last year as well.

    • sprucesens

      I think its only because we aren’t pairing him with karlsson. Ice time for D generally goes in pairs, not counting for PK/PP time. So whoever is with EK gets more ice time. Cowen was struggling with everyone else, but it is improving with EK, so they get the ice time. I’m sure methot is in the longer term plans. We would only get worse defensively if we lost him. Really liked the methot gryba pair as a menace to play against. Its daunting on forwards when they know if they cross the blue line with the puck, there are 2 giants ready to put you on your back.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Methot is by far our best defense he just gets paired on the second duo to help out his team linemate. Cowen seems to be able to play only with Karlsson

    • CUP 2014-15

      I don’t know if this means anything but in the past 5 games CC’s partners and their TOI. Minn MM 15;13
      COL CP 12:29
      MTL CP 15:05
      WINN CP 15:12
      WASH MM 16:16
      This is minus any PP Minutes, not that there are a ton of PP with MM or CP

    • Miguel

      i agree that the ice time, and scratches are extremely confusing this year.
      I really do not care how you slice it, Methot is in our top 3 defenceman. And also I really do not care how you slice it Methot is in every aspect a better d-man than Phillips, yet some games he gets less icetime.
      It can be added to the seven wonders of the world, how some guys get more icetime than Methot, but it cannot be justified in hockey terms IMO

  • gds

    also i know the details of the karlsson tweet but i will not share, due to his requests

    • Hax

      You’re my hero.

    • SensChirp

      Like the rest of the media and anyone with even a little bit of access to the team.

      • Doc

        Was going to say lol.

    • sben

      I wouldn’t have posted that comment just there. Brennan is going to hack into the system find out where you live and come with some “friends” to help “persuade” you to talk up.

      • Hax

        LOL – Brennan doesn’t have friends.

        But seriously Brennan knows all the details – just that anyone with class would not try and shine a light on them to embarrass Karlsson.

        • gds

          agree

        • sben

          I thought we all agreed that brennan has no class…

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie1m
    Sounds like Ben Scrivens has been traded from LA to EDM, 3rd round pick headed back to LA

    • Sensnation

      Did BM forget to offer them Nathan Lawson?

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        SO BAD

        To recap (essentially) EDM trades Dubnyk and a 3rd round pick, for Matt Hendricks and Ben Scrivens.

        • sben

          That doesn’t seem so bad now.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I honestly would have taken Dubnyk over Scrivens….and Hendricks Meh

          • sben

            The oilers really needed a checking gritty fourth liner. Nashville took advantage of that.

            AJ Jakubec: So really it’s Dubnyk for Scrivens & a 3rd round pick for Hendricks. I make that deal if I’m EDM. Dubnyk not getting it done.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Scrivens absolutely won’t get it done there either

          • Sensnation

            Dubnyk not getting it done is correct.

            Scrivens being the savior is not correct!

        • Sensnation

          Who pays a 3rd round pick to get worse in nets? Oh boy!

  • sben

    bob mckenzie: Scrivens deal between LA and EDM is still pending trade call with NHL,
    so won’t be official until that takes place. Kings get 3rd round pick

    • Sensnation

      Bettman’s gonna reach through the phone and slap Mac T across his non-helmet wearing head. WTF!

  • illdistrict

    quick question about this new site.. Do comments refresh automatically ? Or do we need to refresh, then hit load comments button 10 thousand times until we get to the bottom ?

    • Hax

      If you’re logged into Disqus you should get blue updates on new comments etc. No need to refresh.

      • illdistrict

        Okay, thanks for the info..

        Why are the Oilers so afraid to pull the trigger. It’s time…

  • Sharmarke

    Can anyone please tell me why we cant sign bobby ryan to an extension this year? Why do we have to wait until next year to begin contract negotiations?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      its the collective bargaining agreement.(if I am not mistaken)

      Laymens terms….because that is the rules.

    • Hax

      CBA rules – you can’t extend until the last year of the contract.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Under the CBA the player must be in the final year of his contract which expires on June 30th so July 1 we can work on it.

  • sben

    Personally I don’t think scrivens will succeed in EDM. Their defense is complete crap whereas LA’s is one of the top ten in the league at least. They need to trade down for a pick that will get them a good goalie prospect or two. Or they trade a hefty price from Toronto or Anaheim.

  • aegiszx

    Scrivens is about to get exposed big time in EDM like he was in Toronto. Welcome to No Mans Land, Ben! Ain’t no such thing as defence in Oil County!

  • Sensnation

    Now’s a good time to start that Mac T firing pool, who has Jan 16th? ;)

    • sben

      Personally I find that this trade is a good one for edmonton. They needed to get at least one trade done and Dubnyk was out of there anyways. Hendricks filled up a big hole that they had. Scrivens is about equal to dubnyk and is a good backup for edmonton. Scrivens won’t suceed like a good goalie but he will be a nice backup to bryzgalov.

  • Millennium

    I haven’t really followed Scrivens, but Dubynk hasn’t exactly been awesome. What’s the opinion here? Is Scrivens really a downgrade?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      At absolute best he is equal

      • Sensnation

        I can see Dubnyk showing some of his potential now that he plays on a defensive team too. What a steal for Nashville, even if it’s just to use him till Rinne comes back.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          I have a feeling Nsh just pulled a Turris type of deal…honestly

      • Zelle

        I’d have to agree. I like Scrivens though. I still have his rookie card.

    • Alcatraz

      I would think Dubnyk behind Weber+Jones is much better than Dubnyk/Scrivens behind Schultz/Petry

  • BFR

    First time poster, long time lurker…. Hate to report my reason for signing up is related to DB – At least his initials are accurate, and hearing him on TSN1200 rambling on pretending like he didn’t know what was going on.

    39,000 jobs lost in Ontario in December, unfortunately not Brennan. Anyone with an internet connection knows what the issue likely is.

    As bad as the average DB article is, personally I found it extremely classless in his article where he mentioned that his wrist may be an issue for his 7-game goalless drought going into the Minny game.

    Anyways, the team does look like it’s turned a corner, hopefully that continues and they are able to position themselves not only in a playoff position, but a favourable match-up.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Welcome BFR, someone should point DB Weenie to Senschirp, he would have known this months ago the f#@kin idiot.

      • BFR

        Thanks CUP 2014-15, unfortunately that’s my point, he does know. He’s trying to use the players media availability to force a quote to help him with a story.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Oh I have no doubt that he knew, it would just help weenies articles if he understood it’s about hockey. I was being sarcastic in regards to him figuring out the relationship thing.
          For anyone who is interested do a little bit of research as to why Tom Barrasso hated the media and became an ass, that’s not saying he isn’t one anyway, but the media killed him in Buff.

  • Zelle

    Anyone else feel for Scrivens? Being on the Kings as a backup to Quick was a really good chance to get the Cup. Huge move up from Leafs who are still rebuilding. Only to be sent to a team that hasn’t done anything in almost a decade except land near the bottom of the standings.

    • sprucesens

      yeah, I went to school with him, and played hockey with his brother, and his parents are good friends with my dad. I think they are maybe the only people who will be happy he is here(so they can watch him). Other than that, he can’t be too happy about it

    • Deadly

      Not really.
      He might rather start with Edmonton than back up in LA.

  • LeafsSux

    Wonder if this will get the trade train going? Wow say that 3 times fast!

  • LeafsSux

    Being from the States can someone post a link to this Brennan fiasco?

    • Hax

      Click on “a story” in the second line of the second last paragraph of Chirp’s post.

      • LeafsSux

        Thanks..

  • Andrews theory

    Panel seemed to suggest Hemsky will move for a third round pick… I understand the hesitation with this guy but he still has ridiculous skill and could very well thrive on a possession line with Spezza and Stone

    I’d rather gamble on Hemsky down the stretch for peanuts than mortgage the farm and dilute our talent pool coming down the pipe.

    • Sensnation

      A 3rd round pick on it’s own would not be terrible for that gamble, but if we have to send them anything higher or more significant I would lose it. That guy is an injury waiting to happen and is only having a good year because it’s a contract year and few teams want him.

      • Jacques

        Do you watch hockey other than the SENS, Hemsky is still one of the Oilers better players. The guy can carry the puck and works hard, would be extremely motivated to play on a winner, like getting a young Alfie back! How can thatbe bad, he’ll go for a lot more than a third round pick , I saw that last night and thought c’mon man a third round pick r u crazy. It’ll take more than that. Hemsky would be a good addition.

        • Sensnation

          Really? You’re going to pull out that line? Come on Jacques, I don’t know how it works in Sweden, but in Canada we watch hockey no matter who’s playing. Hemsky is a career injury risk who works hard when he wants. His skill level is not in question. Anything higher than a 3rd is not worth the risk.

          • Jacques

            Yeah, well this guy can be a leader when his career is given meaning again,Edmonton has destroyed this guy. Tons of talent and HEART! Do you remember their cup run, well he was pivotal! We get this guy we’re in business. He can skate and that’s the most important thing you need nowadays.

          • spezzerman

            It is funny how you bash Spezza constantly and then defend a guy like Hemsky who has all the same flaws as Spezza. Spezza had something to do with our cup run as well and has done a heck of a lot more since.

            And I would take Hemsky for a 3rd in a heart beat as well.

          • Jacques

            I think you ever so dear floater Spezz is more of an injury risk buddy! Love how he didn’t even move his feet when he took that penalty yesterday, everyone on Here saying he played great! Baha,geez was still the only guy turning over pucks and not passing the puck at the right time. Brutal when he’s on the Powerplay.

      • sben

        First of all I mentioned on the comments below that during the 2nd intermission there was an analyst that said that the most edmonton could think of getting for hemsky is 3rd rounder. Personally I would do that in a heart beat. I don’t know your opinion on filatov but we got him for a third rounder and he didn’t amount to much and it is the same here. Hemsky could get injured and our third rounder will go to waste but the difference here is that hemsky wants to play in the NHL. If he gets injured he will probably try to come back unless it is a career ending injury but that is unlikely. I would be willing to give a second rounder if edmonton would pair a 5/6th rounder with him.

    • Doc

      I would do it in a heart beat. This year’s draft ain’t that strong, and Hemsky is actually a good possession guy. Like you said, I would try him out with Spezza and see what kind of magic they could do on the ice.

    • Simple Jack

      Didnt edmonton hold a press confrence at the begining of the season with hemsky stating that they are not going to trade him?

      Hopefully we are showcasing cowen to get eberle. Why get a stop gap when u can get a young kid whos clutch.

      • Elie

        the beginning of the season and now are two very different things with edmonton.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Can’t see us getting Eberle for Cowen now. It would likely cost too much at this point. Something like…

        Cowen+Zibanejad

        Cowen+Lazar+pick

        Cowen+Ceci

        Cowen+Lehner+Prospect

        None of those deals would be worth it for Eberle.

        • Zelle

          I think it is safe to assume that Zbad, Lazar, Ceci, and Lehner are not negotiable for trades. At least I hope it is. Same goes for M-T-R, Karlsson, and Methot.

          Possible trading pieces I think would include: Andy, Cowen, Gryba, Milo, Greening, Pageau (hope not), Wiercioch, Borocop (hope not).

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I am not so sure about Methot anymore….love him but something seems to be up

          • Zelle

            I hope you’re wrong because he was very excited to come to Ottawa from Columbus.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I think that he just needs to have a D partner and play together. He is bounces all over the place, wherever Mac needs him. We are only recently seeing success from the forward group as Mac has left them alone to form some chem.

          • sprucesens

            that’s just all of us snowballing off of him getting a few less minutes, because he hasn’t been playing with karlsson. He is now teaching other D how to be a solid NHL Dman. I don’t think there is anything up.

          • Sensnation

            It’s much more likely Zbad gets traded than Cowen.

          • SensChirp

            Nope.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Cowen needs to stay.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      If legitimately a 3rd would get it done I would do it in a heart beat.

  • sprucesens

    well, one would like to think Edmonton has opened the floodgates for trades to come, but its not like other teams are going to look at them and say, “hey, we need to bulk up our team, because everyone else is” *other gm’s look at macT, shaking head*

  • Hax

    Prediction: Hemsky gets moved for a conditional 3rd rounder with the condition being that if he plays x games it becomes a 2nd rounder.

    • sprucesens

      yeah, that condition could be that extra bit that the oilers are looking for, if that’s around the asking price. A 2nd could be a lot to give up for a rental with no contract. He probably won’t go anywhere, even though macT likes trades. They’ll probably over value him and lose him for nothing at years end. Typical oilers

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Apparently he is hurt again lol

  • Sandy

    How about going after Tyler Toffoli. LA sent him back to the AHL today.. He has played 33 games this season.. 17 pts.. +14 and has 5 GWG..
    Don’t know what the cost will be… but if the right instance… he can score..

    • sprucesens

      yeah, i read that. i also saw the blogger on HB for LA floated that zibby was available. I just disregarded it, as i think we all should. However, getting toffoli would be excellent if LA doesn’t somehow see him in the long term future.

    • spezzerman

      He is a guge part of LA’s future. They just don’t have enough room for him with the amount of 1 way contracts. He comes up when there is an injury

  • MoeDozer

    http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/01/13/harpur-taking-ohl-by-storm

    nice read on Ben Harpur 6’6 212lbs shutdown Dman drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft.

    looks like hes become Geulph’s go to Shutdown D guy with an impressive +31 and 16points in 43 games which surpasses his career high 15points in 67 games last year.

    his coach expects him to force a very tough decision on next year’s WJC Canadian team. saying hes a very smooth skating, smart player with a good shot.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Thanks Moe, love your prospect updated pal.

    • Jacques

      Wow awesome, when I first saw him at the rookie camp he looked like a string bean lacking in a lot of things,

      • MoeDozer

        yep, agreed as the article says. getting invited to training camp then main camp had a huge impact on him. Praising our players (karlsson, spezza, neil). talks a lot about learning all the little things it takes to be a pro and most importantly eating properly which clearly is addressing his lanky build..

        speaks like a true pro. love the heavy emphasis our scouting staff + management puts on character.

    • 001101110101010100101011111101

      Interesting link – thanks Moe

      Soooo – another TALL d-Man that is making good progress
      but will still take a couple of seasons to fully develop ?

      (the Tookie target in 2016 ?)

      • Deadly

        Who is Tookie? Watching the leafs struggle with Buffalo tonight.

    • Simple Jack

      Height is one thing, but to play in the nhl you need to be solid and strong. Just like pw46, 6.6 and 212 is skinny. He needs 20 lbs of muscle to fill his frame. Hopefully we give him time to grow, our mistake with pw46 is that we signed him to a one way deal too early and it could be effecting pw46s development. Hes just not not getting enough games to grow his game at the moment.

      • MoeDozer

        PW, just like turris seems to be the type that struggle to put on mass, im not sure it will ever happen for Patty but his heads up passing and smooth skating is what will keep him arround in this league. i hope he takes this summer to build strength like EK did pre Norris.

        as for Ben originally his skating was a bit of an issue not the speed but the overall mobility. seems to me its improved drastically from the praise he is getting. He is still growing and being a project type player, he will likely not be up here or NHL ready for another 2-3 years.

    • Andrews theory

      Add him to already impressive drafting history this team has displayed the last few years.

      FANTASTIC!

  • Zelle

    I just realized that if Sens win their next two in regulation they will be three points above Rangers with the same number of games played. Two really important games!

    • Luc Wolfe

      MTL game is a 4 point game, and I really think we can pass them, I watch the habs play and if you shake them a little to go hide on the bench, I don’t think ottawa wants to aim the 7/8 place, I dont think its good facing boston or pittsburgh in the first round, let them get banged a bit

      • CUP 2014-15

        No question we can catch them. Just have to keep the pressure on and Tomorrow has to be a statement game to the Habs and the conference that this team has arrived.
        Hard on the puck all night long and hit everything they can. Let them remember what a series will be like against this team.

  • 001101110101010100101011111101

    It’s the coaches job to keep the players accountable, definitely not the media.

    You could argue that it’s the media’s job to keep the organization accountable and I’ll agree with that.

    If Brennan think it’s his job to keep Karlsson accountable then I would
    really prefer it if Karlsson avoided him and his shockingly low
    understanding of hockey.

  • Sandy

    Leafs playing the Sabres tonight.. A pretty easy 2 pts for them.

    They won in Boston last night.. Boston is really hurting on D with no Seidenberg & Hamilton was out as well. 2 rookies in the lineup on D — Leafs took advantage of that..

    • Deadly

      No easy points against a team coached by Ted Nolan. They also have a decent goalie. Go Sabres.

    • Deadly

      Enough said……

    • Deadly

      Last shot wins..2-2

    • Jacques

      I watched 5 minutes of that game and it’s so f-ing slow, terrible hockey. I just don’t see how the Laughs make the Playoffs. The turning point for the sens when we look back at season’s end will have been the arrival of Ceci! 2dynamic puck movers , look at the sens pace of play now, and I said it he’d be up by Xmas just as Karl had in his first year. To think some we’re saying Ceci was defensively deficient and would get schooled in the bigs, from what I saw in Bingo, was a kid who was playing it right all along. Moral of the story, sometimes doing your homework on what’s down on The farm will open Your eyes to some hidden gems, and there are more in bingo! trust me.

  • Tim

    B-sens getting beat bad by Adirondack again. :( We need another goaltender.

    • Deadly

      Another short handed goal from Pesky Bs and it is a one goal game.Getting bead badly after half the game ( 3-1) is a pretty negative look at things.

      • sben

        don’t know why dreiger isn’t up yet

        • Deadly

          He is in Junior hockey…

          • sben

            to the AHL. his record is prettty good in junior and he seems like a good candidate to move up to the AHL

  • A-Train

    First I’ll admit my own bias here: I’m involved in the media (not in sports, not in ottawa). But whatever you think of Brennan as a journalist, he is right to draw attention to Karlsson’s reporter blackout. EK is an NHL superstar and though he doesn’t yet wear a letter for this team part of his job is — and should be — to deliver a quote or two for the media.

    I note that Brennan didn’t go as far as to mention the details of Karlsson’s life that a few posters here felt free to do. That’s appropriate and as respectful as any journalist needs to be given the situation.

    • sprucesens

      yeah, but it sure sounds like brennan is being a DB. And those are not his initials. I refuse to go read the article. But anyways, personal life before pro life. When he feels ok to talk to press about anything, he can. I’m sure with time he’ll be back to normal

      • A-Train

        hey, don’t have time to reply to everyone right now but my point still stands. if EK is shutting out the media — especially after the new year’s tweet — well he should expect a little blowback. and that’s all there was in brennan’s piece.

        the media in Ottawa have always been VERY deferential when it comes to the players’ private lives.

        I hope karlsson is getting good advice right now.

        • Zelle

          I think the mistake you’re making is assuming that the Ottawa Sun employs journalists.

    • sben

      I don’t know if you read the article but brennan compared karlsson to yashin and implied that if karlsson doesn’t talk to the media brennan would have the same relationship with him as to Yashin, said that karlsson is supposed to talk to the media because

      “Don’t these people realize some of us have a job to do?”

      He also implied that the reason that karlsson hasn’t done well in the past several games is because either his wrist is sore or as implied it is something to do with his personal life. Classless. Remember this is the same guy who will get a story out of everything his track record isn’t good and most people that comment on this blog think he should be either run out of ottawa or fired. This is the guy who said that karlsson was a garbage pick. If karl wants space give it to him. Only about a month ago karlsson cursed at reporters exclaiming ” you guys think I’m some kind of f*$@ing god”. Then brennan does this. If the guy wants space give it to him and don’t criticize him for wanting it. Anybody that doesn’t is a complete DB.

    • Zelle

      I don’t think giving quotes to the media is part of his job. Most of the players just say the same generic things anyway. I rather hear from coaches or GMs and let the guys play hockey. The team and the players within already do a lot more for the community of Ottawa than Sun journalists anyway.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I agree w/ you for the most-part A-Train. I actually said something similar today, and it resulted in a little back-and-forth with another poster (Doc). He changed my mind a little bit. If he’s dealing w/ some personal issues, I think it’s fair for him to take a little space to breath. While in theory your work life should not be impacted by your personal life, this just isn’t true in practice (even for the average guy like me). If something was going on in my personal life i’d be given a little bit of latitude at work to deal with it. I think Karlsson deserves the same. It can’t be easy being such an important public figure in the city. But, overall I agree 100% that part of a player’s job is to interact with the fans, and basically be the face of the franchise (especially for an elite player like # 65). In the short-term take some time. But, he does need to get back to interacting w/ the media, not about any personal issues (he shouldn’t ever have to entertain personal questions), just about hockey.

      • Tooks

        Karlsson is contractually obligated to do a certain amounts of interviews, he will have to at one point, to fulfill his obligations. Right now is just not the right time for him. If every fan in Ottawa know what the hell is going on, why is the Media so behind on this? Leave the kid alone while he gets his personal life sorted.

    • Hax

      Brennan making juvenile cracks in his “article” is completely unprofessional. Jokes about his wrist? Comparing him to Yashin and Heatley. Playing dumb like he doesn’t know it’s a very personal problem that’s at the root of it all.

      Yes, he could have written a piece about his silence but considering he knows exactly what the reason is he should have shown a little compassion. Going to the extent of acting like a high school bully is way over the top.

  • FistsofNeil25

    One good reason why the Sens should be interested in Moulson – he’s a Toronto Maple Leaf killer.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I am torn on Moulson…Like what he brings, and I guess if we are targetting the next year or two then being 30 isn’t a big deal

      • FistsofNeil25

        I’m actually pretty torn on him too. I’d prefer a winger with some better wheels than Moulson. He’s not the most athletic player. He sure can score though…

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          My views exactly.

          I still sorta hope we somehow manage to pry E Kane out of Winnipeg, although I am not sure how he would fit with the city, as we have demonstrated a few times this city doesn’t accept young guys having fun

          • FistsofNeil25

            I think Kane is a long shot to say the least. I can’t see Murray being willing to give up the necessary pieces required to acquire him.

            Since Winnipeg is pretty deep on defense, I imagine the asking price for Kane would be something around Zibanejad AND Lehner..maybe even more.

            I would hate to see the Sens pay that kind of price.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Yeah, I by no means think it is likely…and I would die if we gave up that haha

  • sprucesens

    haha, title on tsn after cody hodgson ties the game. CODY BANKS. i assume it means something stupid, but all i can think of is the mighty ducks….

  • sben

    One thing I don’t understand is why the sens drafted another center in Lazar. It just doesn’t make any sense

    • Deadly

      Probably best player..skill and character..available.
      Centre or winger.
      We seem to have a decent number of defence men in the system who should be in place soon.

    • Captain Nitpicker

      HUH ?

      He did a FINE job playing the wing in the recent World Tournament.

      • sben

        He is a great player but he will come up for the sens in a year or two and he will look for a spot on the roster and we already have a logjam at center. There won’t be space for him.

        • spezzerman

          thats a great problem to have. And he played wing primarily in the WJ so not sure what the big deal is.

          • sben

            He’ll probably have to get used to playing wing.

  • sben

    sabres lost in SO

    • Michenator

      :( ahhhh well, would have rathered Toronto lose both points.

  • luckan20

    damn Leafs win again

    • Sandy

      That’s 9 shootout wins on the season.. apparently most in the NHL.
      If they are tied at the end of the season for a playoff spot.. I believe those SO wins are subtracted from their total points… which at this point is 9. They could potentially fall out of the playoff race if 9 pts comes off the total… correct?

      • Aaron 2.0

        Yup. They can’t be tied for 8th at the end of the season. The only team they might beat in that situation is WAS (who also wins a hell of a lot of SO). I still think this team will fall. But, really, we just need to beat one of DET or TOR. And, you never know, maybe MTL ends up in that mess of teams too (they have such a hard time scoring goals).

      • spezzerman

        I dont think they subtract points. you finish with the amount of points you have. But Shoot out wins is the tie break so any team with fewer shoot out wins would finish above them in the final standings.

      • Hax

        They don’t subtract points. But for teams tied with points the first tie breaker is “ROW” or regulation and overtime wins (so essentially wins that weren’t shootout wins).

        So that’s where it may bite them – if they end up tied for 8th with say, Ottawa, and we have more ROW than they do they hit the golf course and we go on to the playoffs.

  • Reazy

    I know it’s hard for us all not follow what everyone else is doing right now. . I can’t help but keep waiting to see if the leafs lose or the wings lose. In the end it doesn’t matter what any one else does. We got our self in the mix of the playoff chase with every other team. Let’s all just stay positive and get behind our team. We know the Senators are capable of doing damage!

  • Reazy

    Can anyone tell me what’s going on with all this Karlsson drama?

    • Hax

      It’s right in Chirp’s post.

      But essentially Karlsson sent out a tweet on New Years Eve saying “2013 Sucks”. Part of the reason he feels that way is some marital problems. Since he sent that tweet, Karlsson has been avoiding the Ottawa media because he clearly doesn’t want to talk about his personal life. Don Brennan has decided to go all Inquirer on it and is being a childish a-hole about it.

      Since then it’s sort of split into a debate about whether or not players are basically required to tell the media everything every day, and a discussion of Karlsson’s specific situation.

      • SensChirp

        Sometimes I think maybe 60% of the people visiting this site actually read the post. Says a lot about the quality of the comment section, I guess!

      • spezzerman

        I think you are going a little to fan-boy on this situation. Karlsson put it out there and as much as DB is a bad hockey reporter, he has repeatedly said he could care less about Karlsson’s personal life. Karlsson started this with a public tweet. Every journalist in OTtawa would want that interview to explain it.

        • Hax

          Somewhat and I’ve never denied being a fanboy to a certain extent. I agree that by tweeting that out Karlsson opened thing up himself and never denied that he has to speak up at some point. Even if it’s just “that’s personal, no comment”.

          But Brennan is hiding being “its my job” when in reality he’s just trying to be a jackass and stir the pot. He’s done an excellent job too.

          Do you think Mendes or Scanlan would write something like Brennan did?

          And as has been stated over and over – every “journalist” in Ottawa as well as many other people know what it was referring to and therefore know why Karlsson probably doesn’t want to talk about it.

      • iKarly65

        huh, I’d have just inferred that it was because he was injured in 2013, which sucked for him.

        • Hax

          Well that too and Alfie leaving – but the part Karlsson doesn’t want to talk about and that DoniB is trying to “expose” is the marital problems.

  • sprucesens

    just making a note, a calgary blogger mentioned rumours of ottawa being interested in cammalleri, but cautioned because of size and injuries. As far as rentals go, i see only him and hemsky as targets. cammy makes 7 real money, and hemsky 5.5. I think calgary could get more for cammy than the oil could for hemsky. Would be tough to find a spot for a rental without a player going out the door. I’m thinking michalek might be packaged to get a 1st back. Then we get a either cammy or hemsky with slightly less of a pick, 2nd or 3rd, to fill the void, then attempt to resign for cheaper. All 3 are injury prone. Out of the 3, i’d take cammelleri for his work ethic, michalek for his size, and hemsky for his hands. So its a crap shoot. We’ll see what murray does. If you can have a 1st and one of those 2, i bet he goes for it.

    • spezzerman

      I could see Burke wanting Gryba pretty bad. Could probably get a 3rd rounder along with CAmmalleri for Gryba (who we have no room for). And Cammalleri and he could be interested in signing a reasonable contract to prove he can stay healthy.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Vancouver losing 8-1 w/ a minute left to go against the Ducks. Ouch. Tortorella might be funny tonight if he takes any questions from the media!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Now 9-1.

  • Andersonfan41

    I would like to see Bryan Murray trade for
    Matt Moulson!
    No to Ales Hemsky!

    • sben

      ales hemsky will not cost as much

      • Tooks

        Ales Hemsky will not score as much neither.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Come on guys…one thing that he will do better than Moulson is miss games!

        • sben

          Hemsky has 5 points less than moulson and both of them have pretty much equivalent linemates. Hemsky will cost less and is very injury prone and assuming he loses 20 games a season it is still worth paying alot less for hemsky than to pay a fortune for moulson.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Hey Chirp, I like the new login place, but I don’t like that you cannot see who you are logged in as. Not that it matters a lot, I mean, It should be me. but I kinda liked seeing that I was logged in up in the top corner. I guess I will have to settle for seeing it in the Post as message, as I’m putting a comment.

    Big game tonight, Sens have had the Habs number and I hope that trend continues. Addition of Neil shouldn’t change the chemistry too much on the ice, if all else stays the same. Lots of predictions say a close 1 goal game, maybe even an OT decider. Based on how all the games have been going, it’s almost certain to be an OT or SO decision. I just hope the Sens come out like they did against Minnny. Go Sens!!!

    • mr.slapshot

      the “My Profile” button in the same location will show you who you’re logged in as.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Yeah, I saw that too. But it’s just another button you need to push, lol.

        • Mat

          If you see the “log out” icon, it pretty much means you’re “logged in”.
          If you’re operating mulitple accounts though, that would be another story. And I would feel compelled to ask if you are Spezzafan 19 or Tookie 2.0. : )

          • MethotToMyMadness

            Sorry, I cannot take credit for them. I am just myself.

    • Simple Jack

      Why would u need to know who your signed in as? Are u up to some shennanigans?

  • Tooks

    I keep looking at the scoresheet for ANA/VAN haha 9-1…6 for 11 on the PP for ANA…LOL!!
    This Bonino kid is looking promising, why they were ok to trade Bobby I guess.

    • MethotToMyMadness

      The fact they got 11 PP’s is unreal. I don’t recall seeing that many ever, is that a record?

  • PraiseAlfie11

    I understand lots here like to play armchair GM, but why make a trade at all? The team is 7-1-2 in the last 10 and are finally playing as a team. Why introduce a wildcard to the mix? You wind up with a bad apple and everything falls off the tracks again.

    Also, I always did, and will continue to say that offense hasn’t been the problem. If there is a top 4 dman available then maybe…but melnyk clearly said rental…why sell the farm for a rental? Does anyone actually believe we are 1 rental player away from beating anaheim or chicago in a SCF?

    • MethotToMyMadness

      That’s the view I’ve had for awhile, couldn’t understand why the Sens would be looking for a scoring forward, since adding Ryan and MacArthur who have been on a great run this season. If anything, we need a more defensive minded D, who blocks shots and keeps the shots on our Goalie to a minimum.

      I think the whole concept an extra forward being needed stems from not having a solid winger for Spezza all season, since both Ryan and CMac ended up with Turris for the most part. Spezza’s line has been a constant juggle, but I do like what Stone has brought to the table, so maybe it’s not even needed now.

      • Tooks

        See thats where you are all wrong, OUR D now, needs help yes, but its coming in from the AHL, Claesson, Boro, Rutk…Next year we wont have as many issues, especially if Cowen is traded or demoted…

        You need offense to win, you cant win without scoring goals, and yes you can still win with bad D. Look at EDM’s glory days, TB Cup run, PIT Cup run.. Score more than your opponent and you win, its a simple fact.

        Now this only works if the product coming in is Kane or Perron, anything else is not worth giving up assets.

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Tooks, I know you’re too young to know this, But EDM had this guy named Gretzky. He was kind of a big deal at the time. :)

          Please refrain from ever using the 80s Oilers as an example for any team to follow, unless it’s NHL14 legendary mode.

    • Zelle

      I actually don’t want any trades but it’s silly to think none will come before next season. We have too many players with potential or already with NHL skills and not enough spots.

    • Hax

      Agree – if we make any move at all it needs to be one that makes sense for the next few years, not just this one.

    • Mat

      I get your point but I would reply with this question: Can we consistently beat the top teams in the league? The Anaheims, Chicago, San Jose, LA, Boston, Pittsburghs? And I do emphasize “consistently”… I don’t think we are that elite team just yet but we are playing well. There are still pieces missing and to me, that includes a top line winger.
      And I would loooooove to see Evander Kane fill that spot. I’m not concerned about attitude. And I think a package of PW46, MS61 and 2014 2nd could be enough to get it done. Winnipeg needs a PMD, and I’m sure they would love to see Scheiffle and Stone reunited from the WJC.

      • Tooks

        Thats pretty decent but Kane is a proven 30 goal scorer and one of the best young players in the NHL. I think we would have to give up a bit more, as PW46 & Stone are still unproven and obviously dont have the same skill level as Kane. But its def a good building block.

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Kane would command the same trade as Bobby Ryan. Cowen and a 1st would probably start discussions…maybe Lehner and a 1st.

          Too much if you ask me.

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Problem is that melynk hasnt changed his philosophy at all. He said at the beginning he was open to a ufa rental and that by being a budget team, the sens would have the cap to take on such a player. He recently repeated such.

        Kane isnt a rental. A top 4 D isnt a rental. Those are trades with significant cap hits coming our way. There’s a recipe the sens are working with, and the main ingredient is time.

        Even though I do like Kane (and Wheeler), this team needs more than 1 guy to be “elite”. It needs our players to gain more experience. Look at Boston and Chicago, they didn’t become what they are overnight. It took experience, good drafting and pieces here and there.

        This isnt the year to pull a Muckler.

  • sben

    erik karlsson tweet: Glöm inte kolla på Patrik möter på TV3 ikväll
    translated: Do not forget to check Patrick meets on TV3 tonight

    • Tooks

      What is Patrick meets?

  • Tooks

    Scrivens to start for the Oilers tonight? Isnt he in L.A? He got traded?

    • MethotToMyMadness

      Get with the times man, that was so 12 hours ago!!! ;)