Senators Prepare for West Coast Swing

SensChirp October 7, 2013 132
Senators Prepare for West Coast Swing

The Senators were on the ice for practice this morning at the Canadian Tire Centre and after a full day off on Sunday, Head Coach Paul MacLean was probably eager to get back to work and sort out some of the issues this team had in Toronto on Saturday night.

Fatigue is never a good excuse to lose a hockey game but it certainly seemed like a factor on Saturday night.  With a 4-2 lead, the Sens appeared to let off the gas a little bit and could never get it going again once the Leafs started to press.

Once it started to snowball in the third, Toronto seemed to have all the momentum on their side.  The difference in scoring chances over the last 20 minutes is a pretty good indication that the Sens just didn’t have gas left in the tank in the tail end of the season opening back to back.

One notable absence from this morning’s practice was Captain Jason Spezza. His nagging health issues early in this season are really not the best news.  Missing a practice is no big deal but he needs to be at 100% for these early season games.  Hard to believe he’s at that level right now but hopefully an extra day off here and there will help.  Here is how MacLean lined his players up at practice.

Michalek-Da Costa-Ryan
MacArthur-Turris-Conacher
Greening-Smith-Neil
Kassian-Pageau-Condra

Tough stretch of games coming up for the Senators as they’ll play four straight against Western Conference opponents.  First up is a powerful Los Angeles Kings team on Wednesday night.  The trip out West also means some wonky start times including 10:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM.

Get some rest, Sens fans. Some late nights ahead.

  • -It’s hard to predict exactly when, but you have to think there’s at least a chance we could see a trade of some sort from the Senators in the not too distant future.  The team can talk about wanting to send a message to Mika Zibanejad but the reality is he should be up here playing with the big team.  It’s the best situation for Mika and for the Senators as well.  How they make room for him will be interesting.  Not sure there’s much of a market for Stephane Da Costa right now and limited fourth line minutes isn’t exactly the best showcase.  Perhaps those Zack Smith rumours from a couple months back reappear?  Something to keep an eye on anyway.
  • -Speaking of Zibanejad, it also makes sense that the Senators would carry an extra body on this upcoming West coast swing.  We’ll see if the Sens make any roster moves before heading to Los Angeles.

  • FBP

    Trade chatter eh? I’d like to see Zibby back up. I wonder if the Sens would be willing/other teams would be interested in Michalek right now? Holmgren must be desperate…

    Smith makes sense too. I don’t want to have to rely on too many small(ish) C’s though.

    • hq8

      actually to start this season, MM9 seems to be in good health with his skating and overall game. seems like the sharpest one on his line to me. i honestly think that the sens could retain him at a discounted price given his health history. because the upside is good if he stays healthy. someone else said in training camp too that he looks lean and mean this year.

      • FBP

        I was thinking the same thing. That’s why I thought he might make decent trade bait for a team needing to make a push and wanting to solidify their top six. Of course, it would be great to retain him as well.

    • The Apostle

      I don’t see the point of creating a major hole in our top 6 unless the replacement is coming back, and if that’s the case why would a team want to do the trade now and risk Michalek walking away in the summer? We can chat all we like about how great our prospects are but none of the wingers were considered good enough to stick around. If we get an indication that Michalek doesn’t want to re-sign or wants ridiculous money then move him at the deadline but I’m not convinced that’s a great idea either.

  • Jacques

    Good , would like to see Zack dealt , he’s the weak link right now on this team. Don’t know what happened to this guy. Zibby 3rd center in the meantime Rush before we hit the west coast. Spezza news not good. 2 things on this front 1- I found it interesting on SENS TV they made reference to Spezza as Captain in a question to Paul MacLean and he said that Jason is representing the leadership group in that capacity for the moment. Seemed like a weird way to answer the question(for the moment). 2- People won’t like this but I was one who thought that we should have dealt Spezza a few years back. Now its too late and we won’t get much for him. Love the talent that he is but he doesn’t live up to all that talent due to all his health problems. A Nash type deal would have helped the SENS(3 or 4 for 1). Sens have centers in spades coming up – good two way players with offensive upside. If Spezz is out like last year(god forbid). I think our boys can survive admirably again.

    • Ghost of Moose Vasko

      I still follow the Blackhawks as well as Ottawa.
      Am hearing lots of ZS to Chicago chatter.

      • sprucesens

        personally, i’d trade condra in a heartbeat. However I kind of had stone pencilled in on the 3rd line wing to take his spot… so now might not be the best time for that. But yes, to get zib back in, it would make sense to be a center traded. Would be nice to get Hoffman, stone, prince and puempel, and maybe even robinson a few games on the wing this year, on the 3rd line to see what we have. Anyways, i’m sure murray has something up his sleeve, probably will come completely from left field, and we’ll all go oooooooo. nice.

        • The Apostle

          If Stone was good enough to play on that line at the moment he would be playing on that line.

          • sprucesens

            why? then you’d have to bench condra or greening. And everybody here has a hard on for those 2 players.(I don’t) If he wasn’t injured, and condra not on a 1 way, I would bet he could have taken the spot. At least for a few games to start the season. Anyways, no point in arguing it now, he’s injured for some time. It’s up to the other wingers to earn a spot being called up for injuries, and then outplaying someone.

            Contracts play huge into considerations. Anyone here think greening or condra were better than zibby in preseason? doubt it. He was sent down because he isn’t primarily a winger, and more importantly, is on a 2 way contract. Anywho, next game can’t come soon enough

    • Robert Lepage

      How is Zack the weak link on this team? His defensive game is solid, as is his role as back/fore check. You would rather see Smith traded over Condra?

      • Alcatraz

        Yes, especially since Smith Plays C and we are loaded there. lazar can take his space in the enar future with that gritty game. Condra plays wing which we need and is really good on the PK

        • Mat

          I agree. Its actually quite unfortunate that both these players can’t finish on a more consistent basis. They both have good, useful styles of play. I like Z.Smith and as someone alluded to, I wouldn’t want to trade his gritty style of play and rely on 3.5 soft centremen (Turris has a modicum of grit IMO). Da Costa is the odd man out. He’s good enough to fetch a decent return if he can only shine for a small stretch of games…

        • NickofTime

          Da Costa plays C, trade him or waive him.

        • Robert Lepage

          Perhaps we have different views of where Lazar will play, but I don’t foresee him playing as a 4th line grinder. Picture him as being slated for a 2nd line position in the future. I guess we’ll find out in due time.

          • NickofTime

            Agreed, my guess would be that he will play with Turris & either Conacher or MacArthur if either of those two are still in Ottawa when Lazar is NHL ready.

      • Jacques

        Both of them to be truthfull!

        • Robert Lepage

          Right, so how are either of them the weak link? Half of the game of hockey is playing defence. The ability to stop a goal is as valuable as the ability to score one.

  • jtf927

    i agree with FBP. philly is hurting right now. it would be awesome to see either simmonds or voracek in a sens uniform. i am waiting for the 10 game mark to pass judgement on the team. but, spezza’s continued health problems are of concern. i wonder if it will impact his ability to sign a long term contract.

  • beeblebrox

    I’m no coach or expert, but watching the game on Saturday made me yell more than once at the TV screen: “Shoot where the friggin’ goalie ISN’T, for Pete’s sake!”

    I know with the law of averages and what-not, if you put pucks at the net eventually they’ll go in, but not if they’re constantly firing them at the crest on the goaltender’s jersey. Frig.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Bernier was a rock though. I am sure that’s what people yell when they play Anderson on his game…

  • hq8

    for three seasons now, spezza’s health has been one of the barriers from fully capitalizing the team’s real potential. lack of practice time and eventually game time means that chemistry between ryan-spezz-mm9 is always going leave everyone wanting. now that he is captain, the void is going to be bigger and wider with these health concerns and resulting absences. last thing the sens need is their top centre to also become an absentee captain. also i wonder how much this has to with spezz himself……….
    frustrating to say the least. they need to collectively resolve this health issue.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    I would like to see Maclean experiment with Greening up on the first line. Follow a Detroit style (Abdelkader on top line with Zetterberg and Datsyuk).

    Although he scored 30 goals a couple of seasons ago, I never felt comfortable with Michalek on that top line. Think he is more of a high end 2nd line player. The only issue (for Michalek) is that our second line looks great right now…so taking him off the 1st line would drop him to the third.
    That being said, it could give JPG a skilled player.

    I don’t think Maclean puts too much thought into what “line #” you are on. Ottawa could role with a 1st line, 2a, 2b, and 4th line out west if I got my wish.

    In summary, I really don’t see replacing Michalek with Greening as a big downgrade on that top line (considering the talent of Ryan and Spezza). And the benefits of having such a skilled player in on the 2a, or 2b line with Pageau greatly outweigh his loss on top line.

    Thoughts?

  • Sens-fan-in-mtl

    off topic, but anyone else notice how well Silf is doing with the Ducks so far?

    • yannrock

      Yeah. He came in hot! Hahaha

    • Zorav

      Loved him in red. If he does well I won’t feel bad :), he is an easily likable player.

    • Dante

      Yup, took him in my pool…! Still have yet to see what Ryan can do though! It’ll all work out, I’m sure.

  • NO65*

    We have 2 games in, 3 pts out of 4 and we are questionning the line combos, coach decisions and we are already trading Zibby, Andy, Smith??? WOW
    Am I on the Leafs thread FFS !!!

  • SpezzaFan19

    They’re already planning the parade.

    http://media.cagle.com/163/2013/10/06/138459_600.jpg

  • Hax

    This trip west should shed light on a few things. If they take Mika along then the “message” theory sort of falls flat and it increases the likelihood of a trade soon. If they play Da Costa a lot then that would point to a showcase of sorts as well.

    Not too worried about Spezza – he’s just using the captain’s prerogative to take maintenance days :|

    Too early to be overly concerned about Saturday’s game, but the positives (second line, second pairing) were great.

    As for trading Smith, unless the relative return is higher than what other players might bring I don’t see it. He has a role and no real heir apparent just yet. Not that we couldn’t ice a strong team without him.

    Keep in mind when you’re all proposing trades that we’re not going to be taking any significant salary back.

    • FBP

      That Cowen play from Sat was amazing.

  • SenaWalrus

    Maybe they will play DaCosta on the top line for the whole trip then trade him to Phoenix for Rundblad+ or David Moss :-)

  • Zorav

    This thing with spezza seems all too familiar. I know I’ll get a ton of heat for this, but considering all worst case scenarios, is it time to try working towards obtaining a top line centre?

    I know they don’t grow on trees and are usually aren’t even considered to be traded…but lets say what happened to sequin happened to some other young player full of untapped potential… do you go after him? what do you give up? Again, this is the worst case scenario.

    • Zorav

      Haha guys…I said worst case scenario. Only 1 of the last 4 years have we had a compeltely healthy Spezza. Sadly it’s a reality . Not saying it’s going to happen … but as management you have to take everything into consideration. Trust me, i’d hate to see it too , I love spezz.

    • NickofTime

      I would argue that Turris is working his way into a #1 centre role & continues to get better every yr. All he needs is a little more time & considering Spezza has another yr after this one left Turris could be ready by then, if Spezza is not re-signed. Zibanejad would jump into the 2nd line centre role & Z. Smith & Derek Grant could fight over the bottom two centre jobs.

  • Kielbasa

    One of the greatest frustrations Sens fans have had to endure the past few years has been the health of key members of this team. Until Spezza and Michalek are able to play at 100% full health, this team is going to be limited in its success.
    The longer Spezza misses practices and potential games due to his health, the chemistry with other key members is going to lag behind where it should be.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I can’t believe people are talking trades after 2 games and 3 out of 4 points.

    Reminds me of how some fantasy GMs draft a team and trade away known point producers after 2 games without a point to pickup a rookie on a hot start or a not too common point producer who happened to get a hatty in his 1st game.

    Be patient fellow Sens fans. Give these guys at least 10 games before you drop the axe.

    Lets just be happy we aren’t firing out head coach. Looking forward to Wednesday.

    • The Apostle

      you mean me trading away Malkin for Tomas Hertl was a mistake?

  • Sandy

    Disappointed with the loss on Saturday against the rested Blue team. That spinorama by Raymond was borderline not allowed.

    Pissed off at Colin Campbell’s jab at the Sens today..”“Participants on the conference call should listen a little more attentively,” he wrote.”
    IMO Raymond stopped.. ‘snowed Andy in the face” — distracted him and scored the goal. Raymond has done this exact move before.. snowing the goalie.. by stopping just in the blue paint.
    He does stop BTW — which the Sens think should have meant the goal disallowed…
    Moot point as the Leafs scored again in the shootout and the Sens couldn’t..
    Crazy schedule to start the year.. Start 4 days behind most other teams. 2 games to start — back to back as CBC insists Leaf games be on Saturday nights.. Then 3 days off — and 4 on the road.. including another back to back…
    They to win a minimum of 2 games on this road trip to stay in the pack…
    How can Spezza expect to get any chemistry with Ryan when he misses most of the practices..

    • NickofTime

      I wish Anderson had more of a mean streak & when Raymond stopped in front of Anderson to pivot Anderson should have cross checked him into the ice before Raymond got the shot off. If Raymond is in the crease, he should be fair game & maybe it teaches Raymond a lesson not to turn his back on the goalie. I wonder if Lehner would have nailed him, if he was in the nets against TO, I would love to have seen that & the result of that & what they would do about it. First, shoot out brawl ever. lol

      • xN1Cx

        I approve this message…

        If anyone would do it I could see Lehner doing it. Was rough being in a group of Leafs fans when Raymond scored that stinker.

      • Sandy

        Lehner would have indeed let him have it… That type of play is something Raymond does in all of his spinorama’s in the shootout. Time for the opposing goalies to put on goggles..

  • Sandy

    Any more news of if Greening is injured?

    Bruce Garrioch‏@SunGarrioch3h

    Colin Greening went down in practice. He is on the bench in some pain right now. #Sens

    Going out west to play some really good and really big teams. I would sooner they call up Buddy Robinson…

  • rhume55

    For the record, I wanted to sign Mikael Grabovski in the off-season. If we had him, Spezza could take few games off.

    • SENSor

      Didn’t he cost $5 million or so per year?

  • NickofTime

    Interesting read Chirp & it’s something I’ve touch on a few times recently. First, with Spezza nursing his groin placing Da Costa on the first line in practise is where he needs to play & not on the 4th line, same for Pageau. I’ve argued this several times that those two players (Da Costa & Pageau) create problems for this team. One, because of their diminutive stature they don’t belong in the bottom six. Second, they are both centres who don’t transition well to the wing. Third, because we have Spezza & Turris playing centre on the top two lines & it seems the organization wants to keep Zibanejad at centre that there is no room for these two in the lineup.

    IMO it doesn’t matter what they have done in the preseason, it’s the regular season that matters & besides they got their reward starting the season with the team but let’s now get real with this club. Not only would I bring up Zibanejad, I would also bring up Stone who I think had a good preseason too & is a better fit in Ottawa. I like Condra defensively but I think Stone brings a lot more to the table offensively with his playmaking & scoring abilities to a team that has some trouble scoring at times. People will complain about how good Pageau & Condra are on the penalty kill but Greening & Zibanejad are pretty good too & can replace them IMO.
    I would love to see Da Costa, Condra & JOB traded to Florida for Tomas Fleischmann, a guy Tallon has tried to trade since the trade deadline. Trouble is that Da Costa, JOB & Condra have little value & that no one else seems to want them. So what do you do? It’s still early in the season & not yet the time to panic. I think BM waits until teams start to have some injuries or serious issues & want to make moves, he doesn’t need to make the first move any time soon. And this is where I strongly disagree with you, I would not under any circumstances trade Z. Smith, Ottawa needs his size & grit a lot more than they need Da Costa Or Pageau or Condra. And don’t forget Smith is a lot better at faceoffs than both those guys. Getting bigger & more offensively is better than smaller & defensively IMO.

    • hq8

      yea I think letting Smith go would be a careless mistake. he is perfect at 4C and adds significant value there. Its the 3C spot where the trouble is this year and was last year too if you look at it. Sens need to get a Jordan Staal (circa 2008-2009) type player. Obviously Zib was primed to run with it, but who knows what he pooped in camp to lose it.
      I think Zib at 3C would fix it only if he seizes the opportunity.

    • Brian

      There is no way Stone comes up IMO. Stone is not fast enough to be an NHL player

      • Go Sens Go

        Looks like Stone has injured himself again.

  • hq8

    I feel the sens may need to upgrade at 3C at some point this season. unless Pageau lives up to expectation or Zib improves radically, the 3C spot will be a gap. I know there are still more candidates within the org – guys like Grant. Smith is good at shutting down but offensively lacks a lot. Da Costa is not made for bottom 6 play no matter how much he upstages Zib at camp. and this is where DaCosta may come in handy to use as bait to get a more consistent, reliable 3C pivot.

  • Miguel

    hey Chirp, great job on the new site, nice and easier to navigate.

    • SensChirp

      Thanks! Glad you found your way over. There are some features that take some getting used to but once we all do, the site will be better for everyone.

      • my2sens

        Chirp, is there a Cole’s Notes feature for those who right books?
        2nd comment down…

        • SensChirp

          Haha I may have to shorten the maximum character length. Some people got things to say early in the season!

          • my2sens

            Yeah… but at least when someone can type more than 25 characters you know they aren’t a Leafs fan trolling!

  • Miguel

    my question is do we really need to have Neil, Smith and Kassian all in the lineup at the same time?
    2 of those three is all we should have in our lineup at one time, never all three IMO

    • SENSor

      Sorry, I disagree. Neil and Smith are automatics and Kassian should play at least half the games…

  • SensChirp

    On my point about the Senators needing an extra body on this trip, they apparently do not feel as though that’s the case as the team is LA bound as of this afternoon. Players can always be called up after but it’s clear they’ll try to make due with the guys they have on the roster right now.

    • hq8

      with the money crunch (lol), they already have an extra F and an extra D. Eventually though, Da Costa will have to be dealt.
      Or
      maybe they are hanging onto him because we dont know something about Spezza’s injury that the team does know.
      I feel Paul Maclean is being very very diplomatic about Spezza’s groin when he says things like they want to err on the side of caution while also saying it doesnt help missing practice and admitting that spezza’s game is not where they like it to be due to that. And I think this is the outside factor causing DaCosta to be carried along with Pageau and Zib being sent down. I think reasonable logic would suggest that if Spezza is at full health, you see DaCosta sent down or traded and Paguea playing extra F with Zib still up here.

      • Floridasensfan

        I got concerned at the Draft about Spezza’s health, the Sens seemed desperate to move up and just could not get it done and Centers were the ones that were available for the most part.
        Talking about it is not popular as it is a bit of a nightmare possibility.
        Time will tell but starting the season with maintenance days is not the best news.

        • SENSor

          Maybe they were trying to move up to draft Sean Monahan? He seems to be doing okay…

    • boom

      L.A’s probably the biggest team in the league – more likely that Kassian is in? If they’re going to sit DaCosta whenever they face a physical team, they should have kept Zibanejad.Not sure I see them sitting someone other than him…(DaCosta)

      • SensChirp

        Yea it seems like it will always be a Da Costa or Zibanejad decision. I get why Mika was the one that was sent down but what I don’t get (well I get it but wish it wasn’t the case) is why they wouldn’t just carry 23 to start the season.

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          So he doesn’t have to sit in the press box? It is not like he is going down to mediocre line mates. We have good talent for him to play around down there too

  • my2sens

    If Spezza is indeed hurt, why don’t we sit him for the remainder of the road trip, let him ice his groin and throw Z-bad in?

    I would much rather a player 100% healthy than someone who is 50% and who can really screw his health up.

    • SENSor

      What if Spezza is only going to be 50% the rest of his career?

  • Sandy

    Can someone who is on twitter.. let Bobby Ryan know to ignore the Leaf trolls. He has been getting some really rude, disgusting tweets from Leaf fans.. Here is one of them…

    • Sandy

      The tweet I copied from facebook did not come through..
      Still can’t delete posts.
      One tweet from someone named JulienGB91 — told Bobby he looked like a product of domestic violence..

      Really classy one there.. isn’t it..
      Excuse the language in this one:
      Another from mikemartin0 — said to shut the fuck up you queer. When Bobby replied with something funny in response.. the Leaf fan tweeted: my tweet rattled you mission accomplished. Cram a bag of dicks up your ass #3-0..
      Someone want to respond to these complete waste of spaces on this earth?
      Can they ban people for Twitter the way they can Facebook?

      • sprucesens

        not familiar with twitter, but I imagine if someone was that deadset on being a douche, they could just keep making accounts and posting. I’m sure bobby is smart enough to know to not take people seriously on the internet. Especially when its that obvious they are doing it just to be “a bag of dicks” themselves. No point in stooping to the level of leafs fans.

        • sprucesens

          …it was probably phaneuf anyways. lol

      • hq8

        already happened yesterday. infact bobby had a pretty nasty and totally appropriate tweet in reply to the julien guy. i think sensarmy took care of it yesterday as Bobby acknowledged it.

      • Tooks

        Sandy the worst thing you can do is reply. Its Twitter, I’m sure Bobby could give two shits about what is said on Twitter. Put them on ignore and there ya go.

    • SENSor

      Wow, that’s pretty rough – my personal opinion is that professional athletes should not be on Twitter at all…

  • Tooks

    Spezza already suffering from injuries…sad face…Hopefully its nothing that keeos him from playing to his level.

  • Tooks

    Wow, is Spezza not playing vs LA? Da Costa as #1C,,,ouch. Luckily line 2 is playing out of this world!

    • Robert Cyr

      Not at practice this morning, but will probably be back on Line 1, as he left with his teammates for the 4 game road trip !

      Da Costa simply slotted in line with Michalek and Ryan this morning at practice.

      Snoopy Senior

  • SENSor

    Not to sound negative, but if Spezza is going to be consistently hampered by injuries from now on, then it’s better we know now, and not after a massive extension is signed…

  • Dan Hill

    Way too soon to be talkin injuries or recalls.
    after the road trip we’ll know a whole lot more

    Hey Chirp..
    are you working on the prediction page ?
    I noticed all our comments/predictions disappeared with the old Chirp

    hedpucker

    • Dr.Hockey

      Still migrating some stuff over from the old Chirp. Old articles will be brought in shortly.

      • SensChirp

        Thanks Doc!

  • WaitingSince92

    A lot of Spezza talk today. I was always concerned because your ideal captain type has immense skill (check), but also grit and determination. Spezza has made huge strides in these areas, but it’s hard to think he’ll every develop into the Sakic, Yzerman, Alfie “do-it-all” type of player.

    Turris seems like he could fit that mold as he is a well-rounded but immensely-skilled offensive player who is still (relatively) young.

    Most importantly, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Spezza may often be injured, but as of now, he still hasn’t missed a game and we have 3 of 4 possible points. Outrage must be withheld…

    • Tooks

      Turris will never be Captain of this team, after Spezza its going to be Karlsson, maybe an “A” for Turris but not the “C”.

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

    Colin Greening – Jason Spezza – Bobby Ryan
    Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Cory Conacher
    Milan Michalek – Jean.G Pageau – Erik Condra
    Matt Kassian – Zack Smith – Chris Neil

    for road trip.

    • xN1Cx

      Could be worth a try – Greening still offers up some speed on that top line as well.

      That third line also looks scary fast.

  • SensChirp

    Now that we’ve been live for a few days- some thoughts on the new layout? Any particular issues you’ve noticed with the comment section or any other part of the site?

    Let me know with a reply to this comment.

    • yannrock

      Works great for me.
      Easier to use as well.

      Good job!

    • Tooks

      Yep its a nice site and easy to use, no glitches on my end.

      Just thought of something, for the images/avatars, do you have to approve manually? Mine is still not showing up. Thx

      • s3nsfan

        No glitches, Isn’t that a shame, lol

        • Tooks

          Here boy, good boy, sit, stay…

    • s3nsfan

      Terrible site, I can’t believe you would have changed it from the old format, with the brighter white, the updated comment section, the new look, man, what a disappointment

      • s3nsfan

        I kid I kid,

        Awesome, love the new site

    • The Apostle

      I still miss the lay out of the comments from the old site, but that’s just a question of familiarity I think. I did like the numbered comments though, made it easy to remember where you were if your boss walks behind you. I like the reply function but the comment system seems choppier than it used to. Again I think more a question of familiarity than anything else. I like the off white instead of the bright white – that was a nice little tweak.

    • xN1Cx

      Disqus sometimes crashes on my phone and takes a couple times to load which is annoying. Other than that I couldn’t be happier. It;s nice to get into the action and love the sort-able comment section.

      Excellent work!

  • yannrock

    Can the media get off Bobby Ryan’s back?
    The season has just begun and they are questioning him about lack of goals and poor play.

    Seriously! Shame on them!

    • SensChirp

      I feel like I see more comments telling people to get off his back than I do about people making a big deal out of him not scoring. Have I just been lucky enough to avoid the media that’s doing it?

    • Player-61

      Totally agree, give the guy a break! He’s still feeling things out and getting a sense of things. When you change jobs, you’re normally not expected to hit the ground running…you get a few “practices” in (i.e. training), learn the system (i.e. how the boss likes things done) and get acquainted with your new colleagues.
      It takes time, plus he hasn’t had really any reps with Spezz in practice, so it’s kinda hard to get chemistry going when you don’t practice anything at all witht he guy you’re supposed to produce with and are foreced to improvise in the heat of battle…..give it a rest, it’ll come!!

    • Miguel

      I was thinking the very same thing!
      2 games in and did they all expect 30 goals?
      For cryin out loud, he is learning to play with two new linemates, and he has not looked to badly, yet our braintrust media are all over him after two games.
      They like starting crap before there is any crap, give him a break and let him enjoy his new team and surroundings… and not run him out of town.

  • Tooks

    Couple games in and we’re already banged up, it cant be good. Most teams dont have these issues. I hope 19, 6, 9 step it up, they look absolutely sluggish out there, that last pre-season game where Ryan got hurt and with Spezza’s bad groin/back, add that to Michalek’s used knees. I really dont know if they can get going. It didnt take long for the injuries to show up…sad

    • SensChirp

      See everyone, this is one of those troll comments you can now just skip right by without missing a beat or you can reply directly to “Tooks” and let him know how silly he is. Thanks new comment section :)

      • Tooks

        How is being factual now seen as trolling? All I said was I hope they get going. Can anyone here argue the fact they are injury prone?

        Didnt think so…

        • SensChirp

          Pointing out exclusively negatives to get a reaction out of people. Also, you’ve done it for two years. People know your act.

        • s3nsfan

          no, all you said was not get going you said “i really don’t know if they can get going” big difference from I really hope they can get going

          • Tooks

            Your arguing for nothing, point was that they are not producing like they should, is it injuries, rust, chemistry?? Whatever it is they need to fix it. Thats what I meant.

    • SenaWalrus

      Time for you to find a new team to “support”… when there are lots of positive and negative things to say, you always chose the most negative thing… go get yourself a hug…

      • Tooks

        Why cuz i’m realistic? Did you really think they wouldnt get injured?

    • s3nsfan

      Are you ctd 2.0? cause you sure as hell sound like him

      • Tooks

        ctd 2.0?

    • do due dew doodoo

      YAWN

  • SensChirp

    Just a timely reminder, that to close a lengthy series of replies to one particular post, you can hit the “collapse” button at the top right corner of the comment.

    • boom

      Thanks. Nice feature, by the way.

      • Tooks

        Oops I just flagged your post as inapropriate, my bad :)

    • SpezzaFan19

      I LOVE this feature

      A couple of mouse clicks and the Tookie Jibber Jabber goes away

  • Tooks

    So because a few of you got they’re panties in a bunch, you inspired me to do a positive/negative thing…

    Positives:
    Line 2 playing amazing, CC89, KT7, CM16 are basically carrying this team the last few games.
    Anderson has been sharp.
    Cowen/PW46 looking like 1st pairing!
    Corvo hasnt cost us a goal yet!

    Negatives:
    Line 1 playing like shit, sluggish, sloppy play, Ryan understable but Spezza and MM9 no excuse. Especially on the PP.
    SDC over Zib…
    Karlsson not himself quite yet, can still see a huge diff in terms of skating and confidence. Does not control the play like he used to. (HOPEFULLY that comes soon)
    Lost to Leafs….again.

    • SenaWalrus

      I’m in shock… you said something positive about then Sens!

      And then you pissed all over it with your usual negativity.

      But I’m glad you were inspired and I want to be supportive as perhaps this is the first step on your journey to becoming a true SENS homer… keep it up!

      • Tooks

        I’ll never be a Sens homer, those peeps dont see clearly and their judgement is clouded. Hockey Knowledge is also a long lost hope.

        • Robert Lepage

          Can you spot the difference?:
          “Line 1 playing like shit, sluggish, sloppy play.”

          versus
          “Line 1 playing like shit, sluggish, sloppy play, Ryan understable but Spezza and MM9 no excuse”.

    • my2sens

      You do realize we have only played 2 games right?

    • Miguel

      after two games of the first line you have laid your charges, convicted and passed judgment.
      we have 3 out of 4 points on the road, this team is not build on any individual player, this team will win and lose as a team.
      So far teh team has looked very good, considering being on the road.
      They outplayed the Laffs for a major part of that game but again for the upteenth freakin time the NHL has the Sens playing back to back to the laffs while they were jerking each other the night before.
      So contrary to you Judge and Jury, I think 3 out of 4 points to start on the road is very good, and that top lin WILL make you eat your words, and I WILL be there to remind you Tooks

  • NO65*

    For those of you panicking, you have to remember a few things here:
    1 – We have the best coach of the league
    2 – We have a superstar in King Karlsson that will compete for the Norris for many years
    3 – We have the best goaltender tamdem in the league
    4 – We have a first line that has the potential to be one of the best in the league, with a little time to adjust.
    5 – We finally have a ligit second line that will produce for us
    6 – Bingo is loaded with talent
    Have fun, relax and enjoy this to be exciting hockey season.
    or you, could just switch to a team like the Panthers who would be more than happy to add a new fan.
    Go SENS Go

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I love how MacLean stood up for Bobby Ryan and his conditioning levels. It’s already been said, he’s not the fastest skater, but the guy has skills.

    The Canadian media can be too harsh, making stories out of nothing. I understand you have to report on something, but seriously? You never hear that coming out of the US media, it’s always the Canadian market hype.

    Ryan just arrived in town, is still in the feeling out process. He’s got 1 point in 2 games, acceptable at this stage if it’s production they have a beef with. I’m honestly more concerned with the schedule, not the players at this point. And as harsh as the schedule is to start the season, I do think getting on the road early is a great thing for a team who has new faces. It gets them out of the regular daily home routine and gives them time to gel together and build chemistry off the ice, which can be just as important as on the ice.

    Like I had said in my last point. Give the guys 10 games, see where they are then.

    As for Spezza, his injuries are are something we all hoped would be gone. From all accounts, his back is better. But now it’s his groin. I do hope he is able to recover from it and push forward, but I also hope he doesn’t do it at the expense of risking his future. I’d say ride SDC as 1st C on Wednesday, give Spezza the break he needs and he can come back for Saturday. That’a s full week to rest it, may do him wonders.

  • SenaWalrus

    As well as the second line is playing, the first line does need a spark.

    What about swapping MM9 with C89? I could really see the energy C89 brings helping to get Spezza and Ryan moving…

    Thoughts?

    • NO65*

      Patience is the word. If the Sens keeps on getting W’s, PMac will be patient. I wouldn’t touch these lines until we start a loosing streak. The first line had some scoring chances in the first 2 games. Goals will come. Remember last season when Ovie couldn’t score early in the season? All the posters were writing him off. Patience.

    • my2sens

      I wouldn’t break up the second line at the moment.

  • Sandy

    Spezza played 1 pre-season game.. very little practice days.. maybe 2 or so.. Then played 2 regular season games.. hardly any practice time… How in the hell can Ryan develop any chemistry with Spezza when Spezza is off the ice more than on it? He will develop more with DaCosta than he will with Spezza..

  • Sandy

    Wow that goal on Quick was something else. I guess mistakes happen to the best of them.
    Mr. Quick.. do you think you can repeat a couple of them tomorrow night?

    • SensChirp

      Here it is if others haven’t seen it yet.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hXMx_aBQo4

      • boom

        Bench him….right?

      • Colin

        You just know that when he is leaning over the net with nowhere to run to, he is thinking, “F*cking highlight of the night over and over again” or “Youtube viral vid, here I come”.

        • SensChirp

          The look Sutter gave him was priceless.

      • IcySurfas

        the commentator explains it well. He was stuck mentally between a descision of “shit…my stick….oh shit the puck”. Just one of those wierd moments in sports thats unfortunate for the guy. I wont lie..I wish he saved this bumble for Wednesday against the Sens…but in all seriousness…everyone knows how good Quick is… this is nothing ….just one of those weird moments.

  • SensChirp
  • hq8

    another thing for all the Bobby Ryan haters: he is going to be on the US olympic team too. its just so unbelievable the kind of B.S people can stir up sometimes. when Ryan came to ottawa, there were no knocks on him regarding performance. the only question mark and the only logical obvious one was if the chemistry will be there with Spezza and Michalek. and go figure, spezza’s groin is making sure that question stays.
    the guy on the globeandmail needs to do his research better too. he associated a tweet to sens fans which was actually made by a total idiot of a leafs fan – the one where he mocked ryan’s family past.
    all in all, its ridiculous what some in the ottawa media have started here and i’m surprised its getting the likes of Ian Mendes and Brent Wallace involved in it too. What really should happen is that whoever starts this kind of B.S should be ignored and left alone blowing their own horn until it dies out.

    • NO65*

      The sad part is that we are becoming more like Habs and Leafs fans, this is scary. Wait until we will 3 straight and plan the parade.