Team Canada Roster Announced

SensChirp January 7, 2014 151
Team Canada Roster Announced

UPDATE 12:10 PM- Let the debate begin. Listed below are the 25 players that will represent Team Canada at the Olympics in Sochi. Some notable omissions including Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis and Logan Couture.

Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews

It’s always one of the most talked about and debated topics in the hockey world- Team Canada’s Olympic hockey roster.

All the speculation will be put to bed this morning at 10:00 AM when Steve Yzerman and his staff announce the players that will represent our country at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

And once the roster is announced the debate will really begin.  Yzerman has some extremely difficult decisions to make with a wealth of Canadian talent at all positions.  How much value will Canada put in “chemistry”?  Will they go with veteran guys or give some young stars their first chance at the Olympic experience?  And how important is it to bring a balance of left and right handed defenceman?

All these questions and more will be announced this morning at 10:00 AM.

Other countries, including Sweden and Russia, have yet to formally announce their rosters.  Robin Lehner was believed to be in the running for Team Sweden but it does not appear that he’ll be selected.  Erik Karlsson is a lock.  Yesterday, Milan Michalek was named to the Czech Republic team.

If Senators news breaks we’ll have that as well but in the meantime, Olympic hockey is the topic of the day.

What are you expecting from this morning’s announcement?

  • SensChirp

    Lundqvist, Enroth and Gustavsson the goalies for Team Sweden. Lehner misses out.

    • LeafsSux

      Strange year for some of the decisions on these teams..

    • aegiszx

      Hard to argue with that. They went with experience… Enroth is a solid back-up behind Miller, and Gustavsson held down the spot remarkably while Howard was out for a few weeks.

      That Sweden team though… OEL, Hjalmarsson, Kronwall, Edler, Karl… Damn

      • Tooks

        Lehner didnt win enough starts to be in the discussion really. Enroth is purely cuz of experience. So Gust or Lehner for bench duty, Gust all day.

  • SensChirp

    You never really hear about it but I wonder if there are ever cases of a player just not wanting to go to the Olympics. Especially if they are being brought along as a “reserve” and the Games are being held in Russia.

    I wonder if two weeks off is a more attractive option for some guys.

    • aegiszx

      I was thinking more along the lines of being one of the not-so-elite teams with only 1 NHL calibre player (Slovenia? Norway? Denmark?). Playing internationally is great, until you’re embarrassed by Canada after letting in 14 goals… I’d imagine the guys on that losing team would be pissssssed.

      But hey, maybe they’re just really proud to be from there.

    • spezzerman

      Saku Koivu apparently did this year and he likely wouldnt be a reserve, either.

    • Yukon Cornelius

      I’m curious how much the political situation enters the minds of players (and all Olympians) this year. Going to a country that is explicitly anti-gay and just had two suicide bombings may be enough to turn some people off.

    • one gun mitty

      Patrick Roy – several Olympics ago

  • Tooks

    I really hope they go the young route. I dont want to see slow ass players like Thornton, Richards, This would be my ultimate line up:

    Stamkos Crosby St.Louis
    Duchene Toews Sharp
    Couture Tavares Giroux
    Marleau Getzlaf Perry

    Extra: Bergeron, Benn

    Keith Doughty
    JBow Pietrangelo
    Subban Weber

    Extra: Vlasic, Boyle

    Luongo
    Price
    Crawford

    • Alcatraz

      I like it but would put Benn in Marleau place. Benn is basically a Bobby Ryan clone but better skater and better hitter. He would excel with those anaheim studs. Also swap Couture with Duchene

    • Sicilian

      And didn’t Couture get hurt? Out for 3~4 weeks

      • Alcatraz

        Still enough time to be back for Olympics. If he isn’t we can name a replacement…cough Taylor Hall cough

        • Tooks

          Fuck yeah, Hall over Couture!!

  • Alcatraz

    Positions obviously a factor but Silfverberg over Zibanejad on Swedish Team? Silfs MVP season in SEL deciding factor??
    Also as Team 1200 says…Silf an Olympian….Bobby Ryan not lol

    • Tooks

      Silf over Zib = Age

    • Floridasensfan

      Homerism aside and I love Mikas game but I would take Silfverberg over Mika, Silfverberg is an absolute sniper.

  • SensChirp
  • SensChirp

    Dreger saying that Matt Duchene made the team.

  • SensChirp

    Logan Couture did not make the team

    • Alcatraz

      Subban made it

      • Tooks

        Yep good pick for sure. If EK made Team Sweden, PK makes Team Canada. EK is a bigger liability on DEF.

        • Deadly

          Negative as 90 percent of the time.

  • xN1Cx

    Holy! This presentation has gone on 12 minutes too long so far…….get to it already!

  • Tooks

    OMG shut up already, name the TEAM!

  • Tooks

    Toews or Crosby as Captain…tough call!

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Can’t go wrong with either of them, both are top notch captain in there own team and have won everywhere. I would go with Sid since he’s the best player in the world.

  • Hax

    While we wait …. I think I would have put Lehner on team Sweden for sure. Realistically, Lundqvist is going to play every important game in Sochi and the monster can play early games. Enroth is never going to be “the guy” for Sweden but Lehner might be in 4 or 8 years – why not get him some experience now?

  • Tooks

    Luuuuuuuuuuu

  • Tooks

    Price!

    • ZibbyFan

      Not sure about this choice. He doesn’t seem to have the passion anymore — although he did play well on the international scene when he was a junior.

      • Sensnation

        Passion? Are you kidding? He’s the best Canadian goalie right now!

  • Tooks

    Mike Smith…

  • Tooks

    Jbow, Doughty, Hamhuis?!?!, Keith, Pietrangelo, PK Subban, Vlasic, Weber.

    Big ovation for PK, lol

  • s3nsfan

    wow nash and marleau, I’m surprised

  • SensChirp

    No St. Louis?! Wow.

  • SensChirp

    And no Giroux. Those will be the two names that everyone is talking about. Along with Seabrook and Boyle.

  • Tooks

    Benn, Bergeron, Carter?!?, Crosby, Duchene, Getzlaf, Kunitz, Marleau, Nash?!?!, Perry, Sharp, Stamkos, Tavares, Toews.

    • SensFanInMTL

      SensfaninMTL (too lazy to sign in):
      I said the same about Carter & Nash as well! Carter is an excellent sniper, but that’s all he is. Nash is just crap. So glad we didn’t give up Lehner & Zibby for that heavy load in Rick Nash. So he’s been good all his career. But I could name a couple of others that could easily replace him.

  • Max Power

    jeff carter has gotta be the biggest shocker

    • SensChirp

      Especially with guys like St. Louis and Giroux left off. I do like Carter’s speed though. Sneaky fast.

      • Tooks

        Yeah especially since this would probably be his last go at it. I thought Stevie Y would bring along St.Louis for sure…

  • Tooks

    Babcock has such a presence…

  • Tooks

    Damn all these people asking questions sound like they are 12 years old…

  • Alcatraz

    Kunitz – Crosby – Tavares
    Stamkos – Toews – Sharp
    Benn – Getzlaf – Perry
    Nash – Bergeron – Marleau
    Extra: Duchene, Carter

    To me, Benn/Nash/Duchene will ne battling for 2 spots, and then Carter, Marleau for one

    On def:

    Doughty-Weber
    Bouwmeester-Pietrelangelo
    Keith-Vlasic
    Extra Subban/Hamhuis

    • Tooks

      Not bad.

      Stamkos Crosby Kunitz
      Duchene Toews Sharp
      Marleau Getzlaf Perry
      Nash Bergeron Carter

      Keith Doughty
      JBow Pietrangelo
      Subban Weber

      Price
      Luongo

  • Tooks

    Dont like Nash, Carter, Hamhuis…

  • Alcatraz

    All the snub talk is nice and all, but everyone is focusing on our strength positions C and RW. In my eyes biggest omission is Taylor Hall at LW

    • s3nsfan

      Seriously? He has been completely inconsistent and is a selfish player. Period.

      • Roar…

        I would argue Tyler Seguin is a pretty big snub. He’s been dominant both in production and underlying numbers. Great skater who can play wing. Gets the best out of Bergy as well. It’s interesting that on big ice the team is leaving Seguin/Hall/Neal/St.Louis at home. All great skaters.

  • Max Power

    Anyone think they might have went with bigger players to counteract the U.S. team’s choices?

  • bluebuyyoo

    The gold medal will likely be won by stellar goaltending. As long as one of Luongo, Price or Smith gets hot and stays hot, this team will do very well.

  • esk

    i feel bad for st.louis..request a trade. come over to the sens and play for the nations capital..lol

    • Eugenius

      I can picture conacher with tears of joy

  • Tooks

    Left shot, right shot played a huge factor in deciding the D’s. IMO Subban will have a huge role, especially on the PP.

    • sens23

      lots of people forget teams can dress 13 forwards and 7 d for the olympics. subban most likely only gets dressed as 7th dman for pp time. while vlasic and hamhuis battle it out for the bottom pairing shut down role with weber

      • Tooks

        I dont think thats the case. Subban is not a liability on DEF, he plays it very well. He can play shut down if asked but obviously his skills are better utilised when carrying the puck and on the PP. Subban is an impact player, I doubt he will sit by and just be happy about being there, he’s gonna play hard and bust his ass to crack a playing spot. And I think he will, Babcock rewards players that play hard, he has just too much skill and passion to be beat by Hamhuis or Vlasic…

        Subban and Weber would be an amazing pair. Both can skate, Subban being world class, both can hit, and both can score, Insane.

        • stone169

          I don’t see Subban being much of a factor. Yes, he has skill, but he still has a piss poor attitude towards opponents and his own teammates. If he starts to chirp and act like a jackass, like he so often does, Babcock will bench him. Seabrook would’ve been a better choice.

          • SenaTHOR

            They guy can skate and he has a good shot but I don’t think he’s a team guy. He’s ME ME ME all the way. I hope he never sees the ice.

          • Tooks

            Can you explain the ME ME ME attitude? He has more assists than goals, he doesnt constantly bring the puck up, he passes it around, he stands up for his teammates (fight, big hit, whatever) and he blocks shots, the most TEAM stat there is. Not sure I follow your ME ME ME attitude.

            Sure he locked out, so did Cowen, so do many other players. Does he think he’s the best, sure, they all do. IF he didnt think that way he wouldnt be a Norris winner.

            When Team Canada is in deep and needs a spark from the back end, Subban will be the one to do it.

          • SenaTHOR

            Just watch the f’n game. He rushes up the ice forcing everybody to slow down or stop for HIM as he does his Bobby Orr impersonation. This is at least 5 times a game. Then he pouts and pisses of the refs who look for penalties to give him. He’s a whiney FK’r and if he cared for the team he’d think before he goes of on teammates or refs. Subban will NOT get along with Babcock because he doesn’t put up with any shit.

          • Laurence Babchyuk

            Subban doesn’t fight he runs away from a fight. He’s a good dmen and he will be helpfull. He was a Norris winner on a shorten season so doesn’t mean much. He’s he a top 5 Dmen ? Maybe… Is he a top 10 yeah for sure. But he’s very selfish, and a big air head. The only time I saw sub ban fight was against Turris that he jumped on. He chirps and runs away.

  • Hax

    This is the weakest Canada has ever been in goal. I would be shocked if they ran with Smith but to me he’s the most reliable of the bunch. Hopefully Price or Luongo get hot but every single game is going to be stressful with either one.

    • sens23

      maybe every single game after the preliminary round. finland, norway, austria dont scream stressful

      • Hax

        Well yes, I don’t expect any fear of losing to teams like that. But watching a shaky goalie give up soft goals to these countries is stress on its own.

        • sens23

          problem is this is the best of the bunch and there isnt much help on the way anytime soon

    • Alcatraz

      goaltending is so hit or miss
      Goaltending has never won us the medal before. We have gone to Olympics with brodeur and Roy before, the 2 best goalies of all time. It didn’t give us a sizeable advantage. Timely goal scoring is most important

      • Hax

        True that nobody’s ever ridden a hot goalie to a gold medal really, but poor goal-tending can cost you. Not that these guys are “poor” but I’m not a huge fan of Price or Luongo. I think we’ll need more of those timely goals than we would if we had a guy like Lundqvist or Quick in our goal.

        • sens23

          was that sarcasm or did you forget about 1998?

          • Hax

            Haha – fair point. Forgot about Dom’s gold medal that he generously shared with 24 other guys.

  • Hax

    Greening skating with Spezza/Stone at practice. Now we all know that doesn’t mean anything really but:

    Greening-Spezza-Stone
    MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
    Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek
    Smith-Pageau-Condra

    (Or would MacLean go with Kassian-Smith-Condra??)

    • Aaron 2.0

      Those were exactly what I wanted when we were all having fun trying to figure out where to put Spezza upon his return a few posts back. So, naturally, I love, love those lines! I hope they work. I don’t think Smith has been too good when moved to wing in the past (even though he is built for it, IMO). But, with Pageau being so small, it makes sense he stays a C. Also glad that Stone is staying, at least for now.

    • Zelle

      Although Pageau could use the practice at the faceoff, wouldn’t Pageau – Smith, Condra work better seeing as Smith is a great faceoff guy? Or even Pageau – Spezza – Stone and leave Smith’s line intact as it’s been our third scoring line lately.

  • xN1Cx

    Why did Karlsson refuse to speak with journalists?

    • Tooks

      Dont know but thats never a good sign.

      • SensChirp

        Not the first time either, apparently. Media has been good to him. Never a good habit to duck media.

        • Tooks

          Could you imagine if Subban did this…Sens fans would be all over the guy not fulfilling his contractual obligations. LOL

          • Deadly

            Somewhat negative…

        • sprucesens

          i hate media. They always tend to ask the dumbest questions, only to get dumb answers. If some clown came up to me and asked me about stuff on twitter or my personal life, i would tell him its my personal life and to F off. I’m sure he’d talk to media if they weren’t going to prod into his personal life.

      • Deadly

        Borderline negative.

    • Sandy

      They have wanted to talk to them over his twitter comments at New Years..
      He has not been made available to the media… so something is up with him…
      He doesn’t look happy this season… But maybe for the 10 days or so he is with Alfie… he will be happier..

      • Hax

        Marital problems. None of anyone’s business and if EK has one flaw it’s that he’s not great at stonewalling the media when they press. He’s no poker player in other words.

        Plus he’ll get grilled about the Olympic team and Alfie etc.

        Let the kid play hockey – we don’t need to pry into his personal life. (Even though I’m ironically doing so right now.)

  • Sensnation

    I know there were a lot of tough decisions to put this team together, but I’m really disappointed that Hamhuis/Vlassic over Seabrook and Carter/Nash over St. Louis, Giroux and Neal. How do you leave James Neal off this team? I can understand Hall, Seguin and some others but come on!

  • Tooks

    This pretty much depicts the first half that we had…ouch.
    There should be no f’ing reason we dont come back hungry and re-fueled after the break.

    AJ Jakubec ‏@AJonSports 2h
    With the dust settling, the Sens have just two players heading to Sochi. Karlsson & Michalek. Tied for the lowest with CGY, FLA & NSH. #Sens

    • Sicilian

      I’m ok with this.

    • Sandy

      Happy for that… Rested players rather than ones tiring down the final stretch to the playoffs. St Louis has a lot of players going… same with Detroit…

      • aegiszx

        Not an excuse, sorry. Just shows the lack of true talent on this roster.

        The Hawks are sending 10 players this year… and trust me, they’re the team to beat in the league right now.

        • sens23

          i think the blues and the 10 players they are sending would have something to say about that

      • Hax

        Yeah that is the silver lining. Michalek isn’t a key to our success (such as it is) this year so far and EK really doesn’t need “rest” like a normal person might. Plus less chance of injuries this way.

        But at the end of the day I would have rather seen as many Sens go as possible (assuming they’re all healthy and don’t have nagging injuries that should be rested).

    • Sensnation

      Says the guy who gave up on this team what 10 games into the season!

      • Jacques

        He isn’t a sens fan.

    • Deadly

      You alway look at the positive side of things.
      Never negative.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Nash and Marleau are the two names that surprised me, but maybe it’s just because of how many others had made up lists and didn’t include them. Nash has represented Canada before and he’s done it well, so when you really think about it, why not. Sometimes they consider experience over current production. And Marleau, as much as he’s surprised me, his numbers don’t lie, he produces and he can still skate. But when I heard Marleau, I thought maybe Thornton would squeak in, because they play well together. Similar to Crosby/Kunitz, Getzlaf/Perry and Toews/Sharp. Having a little chemistry can go a long way.

    We can debate the names all day, in the end, Canada has one heck of a strong team. And if we wanted too, we could make a 2nd Team. And I wouldn’t put too much thought on the Canadian Goalies, we are being represented well, even if we don’t have a name like Rask, Lundqvist, or Quick. As someone else said, production and defensive play will count for more. Go Canada Go!!!

  • FistsofNeil25

    There are obviously some names on that Canadian Olympic roster that surprise the majority of us, but at the end of the day there’s probably about 35 forwards and 15 defensemen that could have made this team. I don’t think there’s any right or wrong selections when the management team has such a deep pool of high-end hockey players to choose from.

    On paper, there isn’t a single nation on the planet that can compete with the depth of forwards and defensemen that Canada can ice. We all know Canada’s weakness is in goal. As long as one of Luongo, Price or Smith can put together a solid tournament then gold should belong to Canada yet again.

  • Sandy

    IF Eric Staal was left off because of the not too good first part of the season… then the same should have been done to Rick Nash. I really don’t give a damn what he has done in the past… it’s about how he is playing now… and that’s not as good as others left off the roster.
    How in the heck Couture got left off the team is beyond me.. Nash 18 pts in 27 games with a plus/minus of -2. Logan Couture.. 34 pts in 43 games with plus/minus of +13. I know Couture is out 3-4 weeks… but so is Luongo injured and Stamkos…

    Then the defense…Seabrook should definitely be there… 31 pts in 45 games with a plus/minus of +22. He is paired with Keith on Chicago’s top pairing and has 2 Cups since the 2010 Olympics Gold medal. How he got left off in favour of Subban is beyond me..

    Other than those 2 omissions looks okay to me.
    This tournament is a sprint not a marathon… Chemistry within the team has to be almost immediate..

  • FistsofNeil25

    It seems the most controversial names at forward are Kunitz, Nash, Marleau, and Carter. None of them would have been on my Olympic roster but I understand why they are there.

    Kunitz is there to babysit Crosby. Is Kunitz a good player? Hell yeah. Is he one of the best 12-15 Canadian forwards? Hell no! But do you guys remember the 2010 Olympics? Crosby’s line wasn’t all that great until the end of the tournament as he struggled to find chemistry with his line-mates. If selecting Kunitz is key to having Crosby rolling on all cylinders then I’m all for it.

    Nash has had a couple less than stellar seasons but he has one of the best international hockey resume’s of any Canadian. He’s a big man with great speed and soft hands. I don’t think he will let us down out there.

    Marleau and Carter are two of the purest Canadian goal-scorers there are. Unlike Giroux, St Louis, and Neal, Marleau and Carter possess speed AND size. Giroux and St Louis are speedy players, and Neal has the size, but none of these guys have both. After listening to Kenny Holland on TSN1200 just a while ago, he indicated that they want to have both speed and size on the wing and Marleau and Carter definitely possess both attributes.

    • Sandy

      So does Heatley have a good international record… but they didn’t select him..

      • FistsofNeil25

        I knew someone would say that but there’s really no comparison. Nash can flat-out fly and he has a physical element to his game. Heatley is barely even an NHL caliber player these days. Come on Sandy. Like I said, I don’t love Nash but I definitely understand why he’s there.

        • Sensnation

          Agree with you Fist, Nash is a surprise based on this season, but his body of work over his career definitely makes him worth putting on. It would appear that him and Carter were included for their ability to just flat out score, and if they’re on they will play if they’re not they won’t. Can’t blame the decision there, just surprising.

  • Hax

    There’s an element of “no wrong answer” when picking a Canadian Olympic team. I would have gone with a bit more youth over some of the older players (i.e. Couture over Nash perhaps) but I won’t pretend that my picks are smarter. A lot has to do with chemistry and players filling different roles than they do in the NHL. That’s not to say you pick a guy like Kunitz just to get chemistry with Crosby – more in that you pick guys you believe will have/develop chemistry over there. And guys you think will be productive in the roles you have them slotted into.

    Still think the goalies will make me nervous but as pointed out there aren’t any better options.

    • aegiszx

      If they were going to go with duo’s, I think they should’ve brought in Marty for sure… Kunitz-Crosby, Perry-Getzlaf, Stamkos-St.Louis, and Benn-Seguin. Then find the players that best fit…

      • FistsofNeil25

        Toews-Sharp?

        • aegiszx

          The question is, is Toews-Sharp better than Stamkos-St.Louis? Definitely far better than Benn-Seguin IMO since those two are still rather new to one another…

          • Sensnation

            Yes they are, they can be used in a shutdown defensive role without losing much on the offensive side, whereas St Louis and Stamkos are looked at as more offensive than defensive. Also, don’t forget Perry-Getzlaf possibly being the best tandem going.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Well they have to move some centers to the wing obviously and I think Stamkos is an obvious player to move over to the right wing. His speed and shot could be deadly on the wing, and he doesn’t posses the all-round game that Toews has.

            In my opinion Toews is arguably the second best player Canada has. I actually think he’s the second best player on the planet. I hope he wears the “C” for Canada. He’s the strongest leader on the team and is such a professional. I’d really rather not see Crybaby Corsby as Captain.

            Toews can do it all. He has his WJ Championship Gold, his Olympic Gold and tournament MVP, two Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe as finals MVP. Him and Datsyuk are probably the two most complete players on the planet.

            So yeah I’d rather see Toews-Sharp than Stamkos-St Louis.

      • Hax

        I didn’t mean chemistry in that you pick teammates. I just meant that you pick players that you feel will compliment each other. So if the powers that be felt that Nash (for example) would better compliment whomever they expect him to play with than Couture would that’s a good reason to take him along.

        They don’t just sit around and pick the 15 best forwards, they spend hours upon hours thinking of line combinations, power play schemes, ice time etc etc.

      • Sandy

        Keith & Seabrook?

  • Hax

    I think the whole 4 RHS, 4 LHS defensemen thing has a lot to do with picking a team for a short tournament as well. Makes the D a bit more modular and easier to draft up configurations on the whiteboard. I wouldn’t have picked that way and not saying they only picked 4 and 4 and ignored other factors, but I think some fans think about this as a fantasy NHL team where you can have a full training camp and 82 game season.

    Would love to see a 24/7-style compilation of the discussions around certain players and what all came into the conversations.

  • SenaTHOR

    I wonder if Subban wasn’t picked would he claim racial predudice or something personal. My money says he doesn’t play much as I’m sure he and Babcock will NOT get along. The Norris Trophy punched his ticket. Man he is a piece of work. He is the most selfish player in the league. Tries to skate though the whole team and has everybody on his team stop at the blueline. Sure he has points but I bet most of his assists are off rebounds. He is a selfish player.

    • Sensnation

      Wow, to assume he’d claim racial prejudice? That’s the most irresponsible and honestly repulsive thing I’ve ever read on here. You should really be ashamed!

      Comments like this really dismiss how much racial crap he’s actually had to live through in his life. We like to think that racism has been gone for decades, but believe me it’s still very prevalent.

      • esk

        I dont even understand all the hate…subban is a beast, puts up points, hits, plays with a ton of passion, gamebreaker…everything you would want from a hockey player and then some. Sure he makes mistakes…but so does karlsson…Subban is +14..doughty is +13 on a STACKED L.A team..Keith is +18 on a STACKED Hawks team….Its mind boggling how much shit he has to deal with and the length he has to “prove” himself…..and for that i hope we win gold..and he gets MVP.

        • SenaTHOR

          I hope we win GOLD but he sits in the press box. The only player that I have a real dislike for and its all attitude/cockiness based.

          • Sensnation

            You hate him so much you’ll say anything. As I said, really sad display. For all the hate you throw his way, everything you’ve just done is worse than what you hate him for.

          • Tooks

            IF we win GOLD, Subban will be a major reason why we do.

      • SenaTHOR

        I could give a shit about his color. Its his whiney attitude.

      • Tooks

        Ya no kidding, SenaTHOR just demonstrated that it is alive and well. What a wast of skin.

    • Jacques

      He’s a Dufus and I’m glad he and Crosby , the two cry babies are on the same team! Makes it easier to cheer for Sweden!

      • Sensnation

        I’ve never met a swede named Jacques

        • 57gord

          Course there is one called Zibanejad so ?…………

        • Jacques

          Good one! I just can’t cheer for Crosby , after all the Sens-Pens series my dislike for that weasel is through the roof.

          • Tooks

            Then your not a real Canadian…Sens & Pens sure, hate the Pens all you want. But when it come to team and country, not cheering for your country cuz a palyer you dont like is on it (and its only the best player in the world, mind you)…Makes me wonder who the crybaby really is.

    • Tooks

      Wow, seems like your the piece of work.

  • Richard Gough

    I am going out on a limb and going to call it right now I might have to eat crow for this but after the team Canada selection today I don’t think Canada is going to make it to the medal round this time around ,sorry Canada

    • sens23

      no surprise here, you have been out to lunch with everything you say sens related. why would it change in regards to the olympics.

      dying to hear your olympic roster

      • Richard Gough

        Out too lunch ? How so ?

        • Richard Gough

          Take Crosby out of this but what make you think Kunitz deserves a spot on team canada ? My roster is pretty close to what put together today with the difference of replacing Carter and Kunitz with St. Louis and Giroux.

          My defence and goalie selections are the same

          • sprucesens

            you really think those 3 or 4 players are going to be the difference between a medal and not placing? I’d believe that if they were 4th line grinders left on the plate, but those are all superstar plays. As with any tournament, its all about gelling fast and working together. If that happens they will be fine

          • Richard Gough

            When you are not even sure how Stamkos is going to play because of his injury I due believe St.Louis and Giroux are the better players over Kunitz and Carter. You need some one like St.Louis or Giroux around if Stamkos isn’t a 100%

          • sprucesens

            the bottom 6 on canada could probably be comprised of the oiler’s bottom 6, and they’d still do good if they took any of the 6 that made the team, for the top 6

          • MethotToMyMadness

            In all honesty you can’t complain about Carter or Kunitz, both of those guys have performed at a top level for the last few seasons and warrant a position just as much as the others.

            People who are crapping on Kunitz need to take a look at what he’s done. Since 2010-11, he’s been in the top 3 for Points with the Pens, and he’s playing in every situation. I’ve said it on these boards many times, I’d LOVE to have a guy like Kunitz in a Sens jersey.

  • Tooks

    MacK from the panel says Murray frontrunner for job in BUF…

    • SensChirp

      Tis as good as a done deal.

  • Jacques
    • Jacques

      Anybody see the highlights from the last bingo game. Watch DaCosta , he’s really slick and check out Connolly for Dyracuse he scores 2 goals and the second one is amazing. If we could pry this guy outta of Tampa it would be another TUrris steal. Seems Yzerman and Tampa have soured a little on him but all I see is unbelievable talent! he needs a new start like TUrris.

      • Richard Gough

        I agree but what can we offer Yzerman to land Connoly?

        • Eugenius

          Cory Conacher and a 4th round pick……

          • Richard Gough

            lol send Conacher back to Tampa lol he might want more then just that Connoly

      • MethotToMyMadness

        If I recall, Tampa took a gamble on him because at the time of his draft, he was injured and it was pretty serious wasn’t it? Some thought he may never recover the same. I think Connolly has proven himself with the Crunch, and looking at where Tampa is, they don’t need to rush him into prime-time, which is the smart move. I don’t follow Tampa enough to know that Yzerman or other Management would be sour on him, It’s possible they just want him to dominate in the A and get the experience.

        Would I like to see him in a Sens uniform? Yes, but I think it would be a costly transaction. And on the flip side, while he’s proven himself in every league he’s been in, he hasn’t proven himself in the NHL yet. I can’t see the Sens trading up for a guy like him, unless they plan to move out some of there own prospects in the return, as that is the type of transaction I see. However, maybe a 9MM in the mix would help? Better to try moving him before he’s gone for nothing.

  • Andrews theory

    The only two head scratches for me were Hamhuis and Smith. I haven’t really seen Hamhuis play much so there’s that but I’ve watched Smith all year (he’s my goalie in the pool) and he’s definitely having an off year especially playing in a tight defensive system in the desert.

    I have no issue leaving St. Louis off the team or Giroux, considering who took their spots.

    Kunitz has performed well with Crosby and etzlaf

  • Sandy

    So Chirp.. in your opinion who takes over from Tim Murray? Is it Dorion or do they go outside and bring in an experienced asst manager and groom him to become GM?

    • MethotToMyMadness

      Dorion is the guy I think.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Another loss for the Leafs! We could actually jump ahead of them tomorrow night (since they win 1/3 (not even exaggerating) of their games in SO! Albeit they would have a game in hand. But, still when you consider what the gap started out as, that’s awesome. Tomorrow should be a good test. Colorado is obviously a good team, but i’m guessing that their record is a little inflated compared to where they finish in the west. That team can really skate. And, we don’t have last line change. This will be a tough one, but hopefully an exciting and fun game to watch.

    • sprucesens

      it feels like its been so long. and i think we don’t play again til saturday is it? I need more sens hockey! hopefully they can keep building on the solid play of late.

    • sprucesens

      looking at scores around the league… Is there any doubt oilers are shooting for Ekblad at 2nd overall? Man they suck. I would bet they do that, then pair him and nurse next year as the top D line.

      • Aaron 2.0

        If i’m a fan of EDM, i’m not sure what to feel. At some point they will have so many high-end picks, that they’ll have to be good (you would think). How many more years until they have drafted a full competent D core (lol).

        • MethotToMyMadness

          It’s crazy how many years they get the top drafts and continue to stink. I think many know it’s been defense and goalie problems, so that’s the area they need to focus on. I wouldn’t doubt they are hoping to draft Ekblad. It makes sense.

          But, will that honestly help them next year, adding another teenager who has no NHL experience into the spotlight? It hasn’t helped all the other younger players they’ve rushed. Just a poor, poor management system going on.

          In the end, a change of how the Draft results are determine was good using a lottery, to keep teams like EDM from continually getting this top end talent even if they tank. But they still have an above average chance of getting picks in the top 5. If it keeps up, there should be another rule that no team can get a top 5 pick for more than 5 years in a row, or something to that affect. Just saying.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Sens have really pulled it together as of late, being able to close the gap tonight and even things up with the Buds is a great lift for the club. It should be all the motivation needed to get the win tonight.

    I’ll get some heat for this comment, but why in hell do the Sens play better without Spezza? He’s out 4 games, we get 4 wins. I’ve not looked at the stats, but I swear we have a better record going back last year and counting this year when he’s out with an injury. Need to hit up Mendes to check out that stat!

    Maybe they just play harder, more gritty or more pesky. Maybe it’s because they don’t have his talent on the ice to rely on, which in turn pushes everyone an extra 10% in the effort department. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not the first time this has happened. For his return tonight, I just hope everyone who’s been playing above the normal standard keeps it up. Just because Spezza is back, don’t count on him carrying the load again and doing some special magic out there.

    • runningbear1974

      Spezza gives up possession of the puck too easily, and is not particularly good at regaining possession after losing it… And, Spezza gives up control of the centre of the ice too easily…
      Better to have the centre be positionally sound…

  • Doc

    It’s official fellow Sens fans. Pending contract negotiations, Tim Murray will be the Sabres new GM.

    I really hope they don’t poach Richardson from us too next year…

    • matsoukas45

      Stupid move to let him go to a division rival.This looks to me like cut backs in the sens organization due to money issues if your not going to spend to the cap you need good talent in the front office and by letting him go its stupid move by Ottawa.If one more person says randy lee as his replacement didn`t he start as a fitness trainer this all has to do with the owner money trouble and penny pinching this team is in trouble and it will start showing in a couple years.One more point Bruce garioch says this isn`t about money with the owner is it me or is garioch the most over rated journalist out there.

      • Hax

        You’re talking like the Sens can say no. Can your boss stop you from finding another job?

        I’ll agree with you that Garrioch is a complete buffoon though.