Congratulations to Peter Regin on his first NHL goal. His late third period tally and eventual game winner came with less than two minutes left in the game. I swear as he entered the zone and gathered speed I could feel something good was going to happen, whether it be a slick centering pass or a wrap around. Nice to see the young lads getting a shot in the big league.
According to one of my sources in Ottawa, Bryan Murray may be working on a deal right now that would find Martin Gerber a new home within the next few days. The Calgary Flames have allegedly expressed interest in the Senators outcast as a backup to superstar Miikka Kiprusof. GM Darryl Sutter would pay half of the remaining salary Gerber collects this year leaving Ottawa on the hook for a reasonable $750,000. Gerber was sent down to Binghamton for a two week conditioning stint but was apparently told by Murray if he had an outstanding game before the end of it Murray would work hard and have a better shot at finding a Pro home for Darth.
From the get go there was the Mats Sundin saga in which we all stood by for 9 months awaiting the decision of the 37 year old former leaf captain. We all know what happened there, we read dumb article after dumb article and tried in our best hockey knowledge to guess where he would sign and when. Days turned to weeks and weeks into painful months of brutal media hype. Now Sundin has taken his place back in the NHL and apparently got on the horn to all the retirement villas in the hockey world.
Yes. it is the year of the returning “retired” star.
Claude Lemieux was well into his retirement when he decided he still had the desire to play, so he laced them up in Worchester in hopes of being called up to their affiliate the San Jose Sharks who just happen to be playing the best damn hockey of their existence. Well that vision has become a reality and the big club called up the old wiley veteran yesterday in hopes of him giving the Sharks that tough edge Claude has been known for in the past. And by past I mean like 1980’s.
Then we come to Peter Forsberg. Ok so he has not really officially retired but he has been on the shelf indefinitely for the last few seasons. Nagging injuries have sidelined him for the majority of the past few years subsiding long enough to claim 2/3 into a schedule that he is wanting to return and sign with anyone. Any team would be happy to have Forsberg but the problem here is there is a reason he is not playing the whole year, he simply can not. Like Claude, he has a burning passion to win that rages on within him ,but unfortunately doesn’t really get to make it happen as big as everyone anticipates. The coming days will most likely reveal if Foppa shall find his way back.
Last but not least there is Mr. Brendan Shanahan a true warrior and natural point scorer. Shanny was not even resigned after becoming a free agent last year in New York. The club sort of just forgot about him and after months of no signing I started to wonder if he would ever skate again. It made no sense he was still good for just under a point a game last season. So why no takers? Well finally almost 5 months into the 09 schedule the New Jersey Devils took a chance and signed the Wheaties champion for a mere $800,000. A steal in my opinion and hey guess what? He scored in his first game.
It will be very interesting to see at the end of the year which old man has had the biggest impact in their not so triumphant return.
Check out this awesome wallpaper made during Brian’s reign between the pipes at the University of Wisconsin.
Brian has the heart of a champion and the skill to match. The former Badger has been great in his first two starts and pretty much has claimed the starting role for now. The only problem is this is coming a little too late. Ottawa needs to realize that going on a mediocre winning streak right now can be potentially lethal to the organization. Sure it would be nice to finally see a competent goaltender backstopping our team in the right direction but the more we improve at this point the further we are from a sweet draft pick! So the question is this…
What’s that you’re munching on “Ruuts”? Finger foods? Ha, ok not so funny but apparently last night that was the case. The Ottawa Senators were in Buffalo facing none other than the Sabres when a scrum ensued that found the gloved hand of Sabres tough guy Andrew peters in the mouth of Sens forward Jarko Ruutu. Peters claims that Ruutu chomped down on his hand while he was “face washing” the pesky agitator.
“Nothing happened there,” Ruutu said after the game. “His fingers were by my mouth but I didn’t bite him.”
As a result the league will be having a hearing regarding the matter.