Congratulations goes out to Mr. Cory Clouston for earning a two year deal as Ottawa’s head coach and dropping the “interim” moniker. The contract comes as no real surprise after Clouston was able to lead the team on a respectable 19-10-3 run after replacing Craig Hartsburg mid way through the season.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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.