April 9, 2009
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.
March 20, 2009
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.
GO SENS GO!
February 2, 2009
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.