Thursday News and Notes

SensChirp November 14, 2013 107
Thursday News and Notes

Another day of practice for the Ottawa Senators as they lick their wounds after an ugly home ice loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The loss came on the heels of a stretch of five straight games with a point and three consecutive wins.  The Senators weren’t exactly setting the world a fire during that stretch but they quickly hit rock bottom with that loss to the Flyers.  The team was booed by the fans in attendance and if you listened closely, there was actually a sarcastic “Alfie” chant in the third period.

Certainly wasn’t a pretty one for the Senators.

It doesn’t really get any easier for the Sens either as they’ll close out their five game homestand with a game against the Boston Bruins on Friday night and another afternoon match up against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday afternoon.  The Bruins are home to the Jackets tonight so they’ll roll into Ottawa slightly fatigued.  Ottawa has to find a way to take advantage of a tired opponent.

The Senators were on the ice for practice yesterday and apparently spent the entire 45 minute skate working on breakouts.  Probably a good idea as the Sens have been far too sloppy coming out of their own end this season.  No changes in the forward combinations but there was some juggling on the back end which saw Marc Methot rejoin Erik Karlsson on the team’s top pairing.

We’ll see what Paul MacLean and his staff have in store during this afternoon’s practice.

  • -Interesting article in the Ottawa Sun last night that featured an interview with Cyril Leeder about all the empty seats at the Canadian Tire Centre this season.  Good news is Leeder doesn’t too concerned about the empty seats and suggests that team revenues are actually up early in the season.  As I mentioned on Twitter a couple times, the team has cut back on handouts this season and the result has been a ton of extra empty seats.  As long as they can avoid performance like the one on Tuesday night, it sounds like the ticket situation isn’t really a big deal.  By the way, the lower demand on tickets means some absurdly cheap prices available on Stub Hub.  Worth checking out.
  • -In case you missed yesterday’s Twitter excitement, there was a fascinating bit of back and forth between Senators goalie Robin Lehner and local singer (girlfriend of goalie Ray Emery) Keshia Chante.  Chante was apparently furious over comments Lehner made the other night about Emery’s role in that fight with Holtby.  What followed was a hilarious series of quickly deleted tweets from Chante.  The good folks at The 6th Sens have a great recap of the evening’s event.  Worth a read if you’re looking for a laugh.

The Daily Chirp-  Today’s entry comes from a series of interesting tweets from @SteffeG on Twitter, highlighting an interview with Anders Forsberg about the 2009 Entry Draft.  Apparently Forsberg was very high on Oliver Ekman-Larsson and tried to convince Bryan Murray to move up and grab the Swedish defenceman. TSN 1200′s Steve Lloyd dug up this article that seems to also hint at OEL.  The Senators ended up grabbing Jared Cowen.  Ekman-Larsson is currently one of the best defenceman in the game.  Wasn’t clear what the asking price would have been but the Sens had two second round picks that year which they used to pick Jakob Silfverberg and Robin Lehner.

  • Jason

    233Cory ConacherOTT22351.35234Bobby RyanOTT31540.76235Milan MichalekOTT32440.74236Derek GrantOTT11010.55237Erik CondraOTT14210.42238Colin GreeningOTT23200.00239Kyle TurrisOTT35000.00240Zack SmithOTT28300.00241Clarke MacArthurOTT314-1-0.19242Craig AndersonOTT671-4-0.36243Chris NeilOTT214-2-0.56244Jared CowenOTT366-5-0.82245Marc MethotOTT375-9-1.44246Patrick WierciochOTT240-6-1.50247Erik KarlssonOTT479-13-1.63248Jason SpezzaOTT321-9-1.68249Chris PhillipsOTT356-14-2.36
    Sens takeaway/giveaway stats. Phillips is 10th worst in the NHL. As you can see all of our defenseman have a huge problem giving the puck away, but maybe that problem is because the forwards are always too far ahead and they have nobody to pass to.

    • MrSkullhead

      That is an ugly wall of text.

      • SensChirp

        Ya we may need a link to the stats because the formatting didn’t transfer over. Wanna change that Jason?

    • Miguel

      very interesting stats! I am certainly not surprised to see Phillips as one of the lowest in the league, I certainly can see all his mistakes, but nice to know that there is fact behind it as well.

    • The Apostle

      This needs a table. Chjirp get on it. STAT

  • http://bftc-ehm.forumotion.com/ argun31

    Hoffman-Spezza-Ryan
    MacArthur-Turris-Zibanejad
    Michalek-Smith-Neil
    Greening-Grant-Conacher..

  • RUSH RLZ

    Chirp – I gotta say promoting the secondary ticket market – StubHub or Broker4Tickets does nothing to help team revenues and probably make little difference in getting bums in seats. Those sources are obviously mostly season ticket holders etc selling off games they would rather not attend, so… tickets that have already been purchased.

    • SensChirp

      That’s true. But I don’t work for the team. Just sharing something that I know would be of interest to fans. $10 for a ticket?!

      • Alcatraz

        A fan buys a $10 ticket from a STH, attends the game. Enjoys the new in game entertainment that is being offered and decides to purchase a 6 game pack

        Loss Leaders are effective

        • MrSkullhead

          And lets not forget concessions. There is a lot of margin there.

          • Hax

            You mean those $10 beers are marked up??

          • MrSkullhead

            Maybe.

      • RUSH RLZ

        Yeah to each their own… myself I only attend 5 or 6 games a year, so I try to get them directly from the source. The only time I’ll dabble with resellers is let’s say I wanna get real good 100s for a Saturday tilt against the Habs or something.

        • SensChirp

          Totally understand. I was a half season seat holder last year. Plenty of my money has gone into the team, I know that much. Have done promos for Capital Tickets in the past as well.
          The $10 tickets on StubHub is more of an oddity than anything but would certainly be interesting for a fan that might usually say a game is too expensive. Worth sharing.

          • RUSH RLZ

            Indeed, no judgement here, only bringing it up as a result of all the attendance talk lately. As per discussion / Burke’s comments yesterday, if it is not good business sense to give away free tickets (includes loss leaders, concessions), then probably a $10 market doesn’t do much either.

            I know we talked about why people don’t attend more games the other day. I for one only want to see a small handful, weekdays I am dreadfully busy and although I live in Kanata would rather hunker down on the couch with big screen at home. As a by-product of that I try to find other ways to give the team revenue such as 1) buy from the source 2) jerseys 3) I for one didn’t mind paying for Sens pay-per-view when they did that the other year, purchased every game.

            edit: anyone that takes the time and $$$ to attend any Sens game, with any tickets, is good in my books.

      • Hax

        To each their own. If you want to support the team but can only realistically do so with cheap tickets from StubHub then go for it. But if you want to support the team even more, buy from the team themselves as Rush suggests.

        Alcatraz makes a decent point that just getting someone to a game they might otherwise not attend can lead to more sales. But if you really want to support the team, spend your money buying from the team, not someone who’s making a profit the team never sees.

        Of course, with games not selling out I don’t think anyone on StubHub or B4T is making a profit. I get a good chuckle watching the scalpers outside the building each game desperately trying to sell off their excess tickets.

        • The Apostle

          I was happily going to go along to the CTC on Tuesday and buy tickets at the door in the 300s but then saw on stubhub at glass tickets for $50 each.

          Of course the smartets decision was probably not to attend at all.

    • Sensturion

      The team promotes the secondary ticket market themselves. StubHub is plastered everywhere at the CTC.

  • RUSH RLZ

    Is Anders Forsberg no longer scouting for us? He isn’t listed on the Sens site… Good God given his track record I would have assumed we’d offer him a 25 year contract extension!

    • Tooks

      Melnyk had to cut somewhere!

      • RUSH RLZ

        Say / think whatever you want about our owner… everyone is entitled to their opinion, but he has been VERY vocal about investing in scouting, player development, training facilities etc, because they are cost effective ways to improve the team.

        • Tooks

          It was a joke. Dont know what happened to Forsberg.

          • Alcatraz

            For some reason I want to think he left to be a GM in the SEL. I could be wrong

    • Alcatraz

      Brutal Translation but here you go:

      Forsberg has a multifaceted career as a sports coach. He was coach of the Swedish national team in the moguls in the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 and Nagano in 1998 and he has also been a long-distance coach for Tanzania’s athletics federation.

      In 2001 he became coach of Hammarby juniors, and in 2003 he took over the job as juniortränare in Djurgården Hockey. He then became head coach of the Swedish U16 and U17 national teams in hockey and then worked three seasons as European scout for the NHL team Ottawa Senators .

      Prior to the 2010-11 season was Forsberg ready for serving as head coach of Skellefteå AIK in Elitserien , where he was a huge success and led the team to two straight SM-finals.Forsberg led Skelleftea even during most of the gold season 2012/2013, but in February 2013 he was fired surprising of SAIK’s board because he made ​​it clear with a new club for next season [4] [5] .On April 24, 2013 published what club it was: Modo Hockey announced on its website that Forsberg was done as the new coach for the club. The contract extends over the season 2015-16

      • Alcatraz

        In Short, he is now the Head Coach for MODO in the SEL

        • RUSH RLZ

          Nicely researched!

          Let’s hope he still tosses us info!

  • SensChirp

    From Ken Warren on Twitter
    @Citizenkwarren Methot-Karlsson, Borowiecki-Gryba, Phillips-Corvo, Cowen-Wiercioch are defence pairs

    • Doc

      Now, who plays? I kinda like the Boro-Gryba pairing. Would give opposing players a fit for sure. I’d sit Phillips and Cowen to be honest…

      • Alcatraz

        Haha Boro-Gryba would make Boston salivate

        Gryba cause he sucks and Boston are much quicker than him, and Boro because he is a rookie. Not to say he is bad, but Bergeron would feast all day on that pairing

        Mind you boro-Cowen or boro-philiips or boro-corvo is all equally delectable for Boston

        Would prefer

        Methot-Karlsson
        Weircioch-Boro
        Phillips-Corvo

        • Doc

          Yet you put Phillips with Corvo? Not sure if serious…

          • Alcatraz

            had to pick 2 of phillips-corvo-gryba lol and well phillips is for sure in since he’s a vet, and well corvo has outplayed gryba in my eyes. And by outplay I mean less mistakes

          • Doc

            It’s sad when we base our decisions on ‘who made less mistakes lately’ lol.

            But Phillips has been….well…

            At least Boro is fun as hell to watch.

      • Tooks

        You kidding right? Boro Gryba?! Like Alcatraz said, Boston would feast on that all day long, its what they want, they want to bang and play a physical game and I would be surprised if Boro/Gryba combo got out hit by the Bruins FW’s. No fits given there. Want to give Boston fits…get the puck out fast, before they can get a forecheck going.

        • Doc

          Yes, because we are very good at breakouts this year, especially with all the good puck movi….oh wait….

  • Hax

    I’ll get blasted for saying this, but now is the time that the Sens org needs to show faith in their young players. Not blindly of course, but if our future hinges on Karlsson, Cowen, Greening, Wiercioch, Conacher, Borowiecki and others who have had a rough start this year I think we should be standing behind them now.

    Again, not saying we don’t hold them accountable for mistakes or just stubbornly roll them out there for big minutes when they’re struggling. Just saying we shouldn’t give up on them or let them collect dust in the press box.

    Also not saying we give up on this season by a long shot, but letting some of the young players mature and learn from this rough stretch now should pay off in the long run.

    • Alcatraz

      Careful on yoru use of Greening and the word young. He’s only 1 year younger than Michalek

      • Hax

        Fair point – but he’s clearly part of the future plans given his contract extension. Again, things could change and we might actually literally give up on some of these guys and it might be the right call. Just saying that if any of those guys are still players we expect to be relying on in the future we should consider using their current struggles as a learning experience.

        Look at some of the years before the Hawks won their first cup with Kane and Toews. Lots of their young guys struggled but they let them grow through it.

        • Sandy

          Do you not think it possible that players can have off years? Is this what Greening is going through?

          • sprucesens

            i’d expect its more the fact that greening was a stop gap, who played well enough on spezza’s wing. We let that get the better of us and gave him an extension worth way more than he actually provides us. At best, I’ve always ranked him as a slightly above average 4th liner. Size to not get pushed around, with slightly more scoring touch than the average 4th liner. However he simply doesn’t hit nearly enough. So I would say this isn’t an off year, but the average of his actual talent. Probably should have potted maybe 2 goals by now at least though…

          • Jacques

            Bingo on this post. Except decent 4th liner would be my assessment of greening. More than 1 million to 1,5 a year is an over payment.

    • Miguel

      I understand you logic, but with regards to Greening and Cowen, they are way overdue on letting them play out. I have been a huge supporter of Cowen, and his play right now has me more than concerned. He is nowhere near the player he was in his rookie year. He is much slower, less physical (strong) and extremely bad handling the puck. This to me means that the hip injury is much more serious than we may have thought. So my suggestion here is get him out of the lineup and work on his strength and his agility, because right now he is not an NHL Defenceman, and he is learning bad habits.
      Greening I am afraid was not who we thought he was, sorry but just my opinion

      • Hax

        Not saying you can’t scratch someone a game or two in the name of development. But I just don’t want to see us trading guys away if deep down we still believe they’re blue chippers. Or playing a guy every fifth game so we can try to win a few extra games dressing veterans or guys that won’t be here long term.

        Realistically, I want to focus on the mid-range future more than the “now”. It’s a balance of course though.

      • Jacques

        The mistake was signing Condra and Greening,especially greening. A budget team blowing 2,5 million a year on an unsure commodity when the cupboards are full in Bingo was ridiculous. How does Pittsburgh manage a top heavy lineup, by not committing big salaries to the bottom 6. Now the organization is stuck with this salary and his feet have stopped moving.

    • Sandy

      I’m certainly not going to blast you, as what you said is what this team should be doing.

      We tend to forget these are still young players who need time to develop. I don’t want to see our coaching staff constantly sit a player on the bench because of mistakes made… They may, from time to time, need a seat in the pressbox to observe.. or the odd shift off to think about what they have done. They learn from their mistakes…
      Nice to hear McLean stand up for Cowen… as he sees what this kid can be.
      Most of us, me included, have been really hard on Cowen for his play.. But I guess we should take into account that he missed basically a full season on hockey and missed most of training camp.. That has to have an effect…
      Hoping for a better performance tomorrow night… They have to come to play.. simple hockey… And bring up someone so Kassian doesn’t have to play..
      That game in Detroit showed us the kind of team the Sens can be… They need to get back to that..

  • Alcatraz

    God Bless Rob Ford

    “Oh, and the last thing was Olivia Gondek. It says I wanted to eat her pussy and I have never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married. I’ve got more than enough to eat at home. Thank you very much.”

    • Tooks

      straight shootin!

    • Doc

      Look at him. The guy does love his pastrami.

      • Alcatraz

        You would think he was getting enough salad by looking at him. Apparantly thats far from the truth

  • SensChirp

    Looks like Craig Anderson will be back in net tomorrow against the Bruins. Interesting call by MacLean.

    • spezzafan19

      SIGH

      Lehner – Lehner

      he’s our man
      if he can’t do it
      no one can

      • s3nsfan

        yeah and I’m sure you were screaming that last year when Anderson was posting his 1.69 GAA. The team isn’t playing well in front of him, how about people stop being band wagon fans and have faith in what the coach decides for this team. So did he go from Jack Adams to being fired in less than a calendar year? Highly unlikely. Maybe he’s trying to give Anderson a chance to get going again.

        • H POTTER

          If you check the records the coach keeps on preaching that who ever plays good plays! Andy has not played good so what’s your point? A goalie jobs is to stop the puck. Regardless of how the team plays. Instead of a usual 25-35 save night it’ll be a 45-50. That level of play is contagious and the team will wake up and play….

          • s3nsfan

            No offence but your logic is off, he has said that in the PAST but so far this year that has not carried forward. There are many players who have not played well and have not taken a back seat to other players. And he can’t really anoint Anderson as his number one and flip flop on one game after he was out for a few games with an injury.

    • JBL11

      I’m feeling a strong performance by Andy. I’m sure he feels a little heat after last game (regardless of how bad the team in front of him was).

    • Hax

      Probably the right answer. Sends the message “Don’t expect Lehner to stand on his head and bail out your crappy play” to the skaters. Plus gives Anderson a chance to get back on the horse.

      And if anyone thinks it’s a slight to Lehner or that he’s going to sulk, you haven’t been paying attention. Lehner is much more mentally mature than people give him credit for.

      Now if Andy has another bad night things could get worrisome.

      • Tooks

        Dont like this call, historically Lehner has been good vs the Bruins, Anderson has been bad.

      • Doc

        If they went with Andy last game, they have no choice but to stick with him for this one. And like you said, if the boys don’t show again, MacLean will have a good reason to shake things up once more and put Lehner in net on Sunday.

    • Alcatraz

      Protecting a controversy thats all

      • Jacques

        Too bad the better goalie should get the net and right now it’s Lehner. That is a bad excuse if you ask me.

  • Ted Nolan is my hero

    Ted Nolan – back in the NHL – long overdue

    • Tooks

      He’s a lush!

  • Jacques

    This team doesn’t make a trade or bring up a guy from Bingo after this lousy start to the season.I don’t understand how other teams can fix defensive lapses in a matter of a couple of games and this team hasn’t settled down in close to 20 games. I haven’t seen any adjustments , they r as loose with the puck now as they were in game 1. Way to go, lets shuffle the deck and send the same guys out there again! What else is on TV tomorrow night?

    • Alcatraz

      The scary part is this defensive system can be traced as far back as to round 2 versus Pittsburgh. Same issues now as then

      • Doc

        Actually, we were as horrible last season with our team D, but we had out of this world goaltending to bail us out every night. This year, it’s a bit worse because they can’t move the puck out to save their lifes. Sadness.

      • Jacques

        I agree, we came apart. We started playing an injured and ineffective Spezza as of game 3 in that series too. Good defence is played as a 5 man unit.

  • Jacques

    One goalie has close to a .950 save percentage and he keeps using Andy who is battling the puck with a meagre .905????? I think MAC needs a Math class. If I’m a coach I’m playng MR .950!

    • spezzafan19

      I miss Ben Bishop too

      • The Apostle

        The newly acquired Ben Bishop love is interesting.

        If Bishop plays well with Tampa virtually every revisionist on here is going to be claiming that they wanted to keep him and move one of the others out, when we all know it was a much more even split and I seem to remember most people thought keeping Anderson/Lehner was the way to go.. It’s Chara/Redden all over again.

        For the record I wanted us to move Bishop and I still think it will prove to be the best decision.

        • Hax

          Yeah I agree. Nobody really thought Bishop would fail elsewhere and I doubt anyone really thinks Bishop is going to be better long-term than Lehner.

          The only potential for revisionism is that we maybe could have gotten more in return but it’s way too early to judge how good Conacher will be in a few years.

          • Sens-fan-in-mtl

            although I do like him, Bishop is playing for a hot team right now, his big 5 hole will get exposed in the playoffs – just like Elliott was shown to be very average in the playoffs last year, despite putting up sick numbers behind a very good Blues team.

            no worries here, we dropped the right goalie, Andy and Lehner are and will continue to be better.

          • Doc

            Agreed!

          • Miguel

            agreed, however many were saying to ride it out until we could get a better return, and right now, with apprehension I say, we have lost that trade. Conacher is ok, but he is certainly not the top 6 we were hoping for

    • geoff2021

      feel free to play what have you done for me lately. I love lehner but Andy deserves to be our starter. He doesnt deserve disrespect. Moustache Maclean is a two time jack adams nom and won last season. I’m not questioning his decisions. As far as the rest of the team goes… i agree with you. Have some faith were going to be fine

  • Tooks

    See thats what I mean by seeing steps in the right direction…OEL is showing exactly that, Cowen is going backwards. He just doesnt seem to have the skills to compete everyday in the NHL.

  • Hax

    Do we have a better chance of winning Friday with Lehner over Anderson? Probably (though only slight – not like Anderson stinks).

    Does winning Friday help the team in the long run (i.e. confidence) or is it better in the long run to fix what’s broken ASAP. Our goal-tending is not broken. Anderson’s numbers aren’t as good as last year but he’s not the problem.

    The problem is team defense.

    In addition, we need to get Anderson going. Though some might think we should go with Lehner the rest of the way we really need both goalies in top form.

    I think starting Anderson (assuming MacLean does) is more about long term than just one game.

    • Tooks

      When you say longterm, do you mean in this season or longterm as in couple years. Because obviously Anderson wont be part of this team past next year IF he aint traded at the deadline this year. The future is obviously Lehner and IF we need to start winning now, Lehner is the better option.

      I dont know why we continue to pump Andy’s tires when he probably wont be here past next year. It makes no sense, I highly doubt they re-sign him with Lehern in the wings, unless Andersonagrees to be a back up.

      Its not like Andy makes us a legit Cup contender, play the kid!

      • sprucesens

        if he isn’t to be a part of the team, and we do plan on trading him this year or in the offseason to let lehner run it, would it not be better to have a him right the ship and his numbers, thus increasing his trade value??

        • Hax

          Agree completely. Great post.

        • Jacques

          Might be better to trade him now before his numbers and reputation sink further, another way of looking at it.

    • Tooks

      We know for a fact that Andy doesnt stink, but he aint playing good right now….906%, its slowly dropping to under .900 and that shows the goalie is struggling.

    • H POTTER

      You guys are talking like it’s still preseason or we’re early in the season and we’re WAY above 500… we are barely able to get the puck out of our zone. the last thing we need is experiment or letting a goalie get into his groove. These are professionals athletes. They understand that it’s about staying competitive with the rest of the teams in your division. Right now da Lehner is giving us a better chance to stay In the mix…better yet is helping us get up in the standing…so for now Andy you be . you’re my #1 but right now we are barely getting wins the guys need a goalie that’s going to stand on his head 4 out of 5 nights…

  • WolfInSheepsClothes

    Leafs need a centre, we need a puck mover.

    Jim O’Brien or SDC for J. Michael-Liles (salary retained)?

    • xN1Cx

      Don’t know much about him – why has he not fit in with Toronto. Wasn’t he the big cheese in Col. for a number of years?

      • RUSH RLZ

        Liles is getting old and slow. Also it would require a VERY rare circumstance for myself (or more importantly Sens management) to deal with our provincial rival. Not to poop on the idea but I can just never see that happening.

  • Sandy

    I would sooner have him start Lehner. Not because Andy can’t do the job.. but Lehner has beaten the Bruins before…

    • sprucesens

      the team in front of the goalie has to score. When lehner only lets 1 in, we score 0. When its 2 in, we score 1. Both goalies have given us a chance to win. If Andy can’t get a win in the next couple, a change will be made. No need to worry about the goalies. Need to worry about the D and backchecking of the forwards, and breakouts! Hopefully the practicing of this will help for the coming games. Another losing streak or 2 and we could be on the outside looking in

    • RUSH RLZ

      Neither goalie will win unless the team puts in a far better effort in front of them…

      That being said best case scenario for team confidence really would be getting Anderson back in there and getting him a W. Worst case scenario would be putting Anderson back in there and having him struggle… The Lehner(tm) scenarios are sandwiched in between.

      For the sake of the team and goalie tandem confidence at some point Andy needs to get another shot so we need to get that over with at some point. Likely both will play this weekend, I don’t care much who starts tomorrow, in Stache we Trust!

  • Tooks

    Maclean hasnt chose a goalie yet…Could he be thinking Lehner?

    • sprucesens

      chirp posted below that andy will start…no?

      …and you replied to the thread that he posted it on…

      • Tooks

        Ya but then he retweeted this from Daniel Slater
        Coach MacLean would not name a starting goaltender today. Chris Phillips’ is a decision for tomorrow. Erik Condra likely to return Sunday.

        • sprucesens

          mm, interesting

          • Tooks

            Indeed!
            He may have seen Lehner’s mind boggling stats vs Boston.

          • SensChirp

            Yea it was Lehner that suggested he didn’t expect to play. MacLean did not name a starter when he spoke with the media. We’ll see what Mac says tomorrow.

  • NickofTime

    I think Ottawa’s defence is going to be fine & they have essentially all the peices in the organization to be a very good defensive unit. Could they be better? Sure, but let’s keep in mind that Karlsson is a former Norris trophy winner with the potential to be one again. There has never been two on a team although Suter & Weber were pretty good as well as Keith & Seabrooke. Methot is an excellent two way defenceman who has been the perfect partner for Karlsson who allows Karlsson to roam freely & at will. They are a very good first pair & Ottawa is lucky to have both.
    Cowen is the big mean stay at home defenceman that every team wants & needs along with Boroweicki who plays a similar game. Cowen paired with Gryba would make an awsome & very tough stay at home pairing that will give a lot of forwards a very tough time, What both these two guys need is to work on handling the puck better & with experience I think they will get better & we have seen glimpses of them making excellent passes & jumping inot the rush this season. They make an excellent third pairing.
    Wiercioch & Ceci IMO will also make a great second pairing because they both have good size, are both PMD, potentially have good offence to their game & if they can also play a good two way defensive game this team would be set on defence & add Boroweicki as the perfect extra who can also be a good two way defenceman. Ottawa has all the peices now it is up to those guys to live up to their potential & as we all know it takes time & every player is different.

    • Sensnation

      Well said and completely agree!

      A lot of great pieces they just need to be allowed the time to grow and build towards their potential.

    • Tooks

      Cowen and Gryba would get eaten alive by the fast paced NHL that we play in today. Slow moving D are a thing of the past. They will never get any better with the footspeed, which is what is opponents are feating on.

      I agree Karlsson and Methot should be #1 pairing. With maybe a developped PW46 since he can skate very well with a Boro type player at #2 pairing but Cowen, Gryba type D men are relegated to #3 pairing. Claesson, Ceci round out our top 4 eventually.

  • Hax

    We don’t have to decide who our future goalie is for a long time.

    Yes most people (myself included) figure it will be Lehner time soon enough, but there’s no rush.

    Step 1 – get Lehner extended as long as possible before giving up leverage by dealing Anderson or anointing Lehner as #1 prematurely.

    Step 2 – Evaluate both goalies (ongoing).

    Step 3 – Once you have a really good offer for whichever goalie you want to trade pull the trigger.

    Step 4 – (May never get this far) If you get to the deadline of 2015 and have decided at that point that Anderson is your guy, get him extended before the deadline and trade Lehner. If you can’t get him resigned, explore trading Anderson at that deadline and revisit in the summer (maybe bring Anderson back then, stick with Lehner or go after someone else).

    • Tooks

      Thats exactly whats wrong, its not prematurely, Lehner is good to go now! He’s paid his dues. It just makes the most sense especially since Andy’s contract is coming to an end and I doubt he comes back to play back up and he shouldnt be #1 over Lehner going forward next year.

  • FAB

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that
    Binghamton Senators forward Stephane Da Costa has been selected as the
    CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 10, 2013.

    Da Costa tallied two goals and five assists for seven points in three games last week.

    On Friday night, Da Costa recorded two assists including setting up the
    overtime winner in Binghamton’s 3-2 victory at Rochester. In Saturday’s
    rematch, Da Costa scored twice and added three assists, tying a
    franchise record with five points in a 7-3 win over the Americans. And
    on Sunday, Da Costa converted on his shootout attempt to help the
    Senators to a 5-4 win in Hershey, their fourth victory in a row.

    Da Costa, a third-year pro from Paris, France, has totaled three goals
    and nine assists for 12 points in 10 games with Binghamton this season,
    and has also skated in four National Hockey League games with Ottawa in
    2013-14. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa on Mar. 31, 2011, Da Costa has
    totaled 86 points (29 goals, 57 assists) in 113 career AHL contests and
    seven points (four goals, two assists) in 39 career NHL matches.

  • Andersonfan41

    I don’t if anybody agree with me but does Rick Wamsley need to go through
    video and work with Anderson during or after practice to get his game back on
    track or at the same level as last season?

  • Andersonfan41

    Just wondering if Murray needs to make trade to get Spezza a winger
    should it be someone with some size like 6’4 and physical and who can
    score?
    Also the perfect winger for Spezza would be Matt Moulson.

    • 0101111111110010101011111

      Trade Spezza

      • Jacques

        How about we get Spezza new wingers – Hall and Eberle ! Edmonton can send us Yakupov and Gagner.

    • Tooks

      Matt Moulson would be amazing!
      Would have to give maybe Cowen ++ or a combo of Anderson/Cowen. But for Moulson, its totally worth it.

  • s3nsfan

    Anyone else like that Kadri got 3 games? Just when they’re out of centres lol.

  • xN1Cx

    What about bringing in Gaborik. Apparently he is likely to be on the block this year. I think he’s paid Spezza money till the end of the year and am wondering what kind of contract he would be looking for moving forward.

    He has that shoot first mentality and barring anymore injuries could be a good fit beside Spezza.

    Our team likely doesn’t have the fund, or the patience for him though.

    Thinking out loud i suppose…

  • SensChirp

    A little morning reading here. Game day post in a little bit

    http://senschirp.ca/article/greening-slow-start/