Ok so the Sens would literally have to win their remaining 13 games to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. To many and myself included this seems damn near impossible but with the rate they are going at right now it’s closer to improbable.
What looked like a team that could be in the crapper for years to come had they continued their losing ways has miraculously turned into a competitive near elite team with edge and yes wait for it… CHARACTER!
We all knew that they had it in them but couldn’t understand what was hindering them. I have to admit I was skeptical to the notion it was Hartsburg’s fault, but holy Moses have they ever turned it around since Clouston took the helm going 13-6-3 post coaching change.
I never lost faith in Bryan Murray and still feel he can further impress me and the rest of the sens faithful by July 1st.
It is glorious to see the team producing all the way down the roster and not stopping past “line one” like they have for the last year and a bit.
Kudos go to Brian Elliot for breaking the record for most consecutive wins (7) by a Senators rookie goaltender, surpassing Jani Hurme and Ray Emery. It is a reassuring feeling knowing that what is potentially our back up next year can hang with the big boys!
Lastly I would just like to revel in the fact that Habs fans are getting what they deserve after all their gloating and bragging since the beginning of the year. Your team is going nowhere, firing Carbonneau was dumb, Gainey is done and Carey Price is more like Lazarus then Jesus Christ right now.
With the 2009 trade deadline literally hours away Bryan Murray has already been busy getting ready for the re-tooling of his team. Martin Gerber was once again placed on waivers and joining him on the wire is defenseman Brendan Bell.
The Ottawa camp has been trying its best to also get pending free agents, Chris Neil and Filip Kuba signed.. The two veterans must be either dealt or signed before Mr. Murray runs the risk of letting two potentially market friendly players walk for nothing come July.
In my opinion I don’t really see either of these guys resigning unless they can agree to what they are actually worth. I can’t understand why Chris Neil believes he can nearly double his salary after having the crummiest of seasons, including an injury that has seen him miss some critical match ups of late.
As for Filip Kuba the team would be better off with him than without him granted he too can agree to terms that are not going to push Ottawa over the cap edge.
Regardless by this time tomorrow the Senators will have had their first taste of being sellers in over 11 years. Will it be a fast turn around next year that will see Ottawa back in the play off race or will it take some time to get back on track?
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.