Let The Bargaining Begin

February 23, 2009

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I’ll trade you a bag of pucks for…

With less than 8 days to go until the 2009 NHL trade deadline Bryan Murray may have some serious offers on the table.

Having finally made a move for the much needed puck moving defenseman the masses have been calling for the last 6 or 7 months, Mr. Murray has made it very evident that he is not finished yet.  Recently the team reacquired forward Mike Comrie along with said “PMD” Chris Campoli for San Jose’s 1st round pick and veteran Dean McAmmond. 

Now it would appear that the team has three too many defenseman and a little bait to dangle in front of the buying GM’s

Plenty of speculation has players like Christoph Schubert, Filip Kuba, Chril Neil, and even Mike Comrie on the potential block.

If I can make a pseudo prediction it will be that Ottawa will make a move for a more than established starting goaltender and possibly shed some salary by shopping one of the big three. Although I hate to subscribe to the notion that the first line needs to be disbanded it almost seems inevitable that in order to get anything of good return value we will need to send a little more than second line players that are supposed to be good the other way.

Here is to hoping that Brian silences all the doubters with his tremendous managing savvy and gets something this team can truly get excited about going into next year.

Fingers crossed 😉


Proud Swagger Alert

February 18, 2009

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Ah yes, the sun has been shining in Vancouver of late and so has my smile.  The Senators have decided to play like the team we all knew they were  in the past couple weeks and my wife will attest to my better humour.

First off I must send a very big thank you card to Mr. Cory Clouston for his tremendous results in whipping the lazy Sens back into competitive form.  His ability to motivate the players into a fore checking, hard hitting, trap proof winning machine has impressed all of us in the hockey community. 

Dominating on the road has been virtually unheard of this season for Ottawa but recently managed to dismantle five teams in its past six games obtaining 11 of a possible 12 points in that stretch.

I have not been as pleased with this group since…. well I can’t remember.

I find myself wearing my jersey around town again and don’t give two you know what’s if people still send the odd off colour comment my way.  

So keep up the good work boys and lets see what Mr. Murray comes up with 13 days from now. 🙂


Making A Run For The Calder Trophy

February 12, 2009

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The kid is awesome, no doubt about it!

I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical in thinking that Elliott would stay up in the bigs for the remainder of the season. His play, however, has shown even the cruelest pundits that he has every right to be the Senators starter this year and arguably next year as well.

He is 4-0 on the road and boasts a save percentage of .921 and a goals against average of 2.31 in 12 starts that have seen him go 7-3-2 in that span.

His excellent efforts matched with the approach of new coach Cory Clouston have energized the Senators to play the game we all know they can and should.

Now that being said do you think that his efforts, should they continue earn him a crack at the Calder. Some may say yes!


Big Props!

February 6, 2009

You’re Fired!

February 2, 2009

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After completing only 48 games into his first year of a three year contract; Craig Hartsburg has been sacked!

There is no REAL surprise as there had to be some sort of fall guy put in place to pay for the miserable play of the Senators this season.  Many pundits believe that it’s not the coach that is to blame but rather the General Manager, Bryan Murray. Others claim that it is certain players that are responsible for the team’s demise and go as far as labeling players like Jason Spezza, “coach killers”. In the meantime the team will go forward with Cory Clouston at the helm.

Clouston is having an above average season as coach of the baby sens and knows most of the players already from having coached them in the AHL.  There is no definite conclusion that he will remain coach going into next year but it is expected for him to stay for the remainder of the season.