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Cowen is finally getting a little confidence on the second pairing, so it seems risky to put him back into the pressure cooker vs elite talent on the first line.  Ceci may well be our most consistent D, but he's pretty young for the first pairing and I wouldn't want to interrupt his nicely-flowing progress.  Borowiecki is playing admirably, but doesn't have the speed or puck skills to play with Karlsson.  Gryba, the same.

I can only guess that you don't want a call-up on the first pairing or a reactionary trade jettisoning youthful talent, so can I assume you want Wiercioch on the top pairing?  I know you're pretty high on him, and he's been OK this season, but watching him try to defend guys like Toews hurts.  Also, I find he takes inopportune penalties, but that's only my subjective opinion.

It seems like the problem isn't (just) that PHILLIPS doesn't belong on the first pairing, but that other than Karlsson and an injured Methot (a rock-solid second pairing D on a contender), NO ONE on our team belongs on that first pairing... no?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @


Re: the Karlsson not being elite thing, I think it's the, "JUST not", vs "not JUST" causing the problem.

On another note...

I usually listen to all the interviews, but a few months ago, I realised that you never miss anything important. I never have to listen to the entire interview because you've cut out all the unnecessary cliches, non-revealing generic rambling and patronizing sports sloganeering.  I've never found ANYTHING interesting that was in the interview, but not in your blog post.

So, just wanted to say thanks for filtering out all the unnecessary bits.  Very well done and much appreciated.  Now I just need to find someone who can do the same thing with politics.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @


Didn't bode well that he used the term ballpark ('not-in-the-same') when talking about Methot.

7 months ago on Conversation @


Hard to imagine us needing a top 9 forward.  A top 6 one, for sure, but don't we already have a glut of 3rd/4th liners?  I feel like I'm missing something.

And oh, thanks for the shirt design - my bro's gonna love his CPP shirt.  Buckle your seatbelt!

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @


Simply amazing write-up!  Should be mandatory reading for the organization.  Cathartic, depressing. I laughed and cried.

I want Ryan back though (high-ceiling, top-line talent we lack).  Maybe I'm just not ready to deal with the possibility that that trade wasn't shrewd management.  I mean, we could've traded Anderson at his peak, been 'stuck' with the return and a Bishop/Lehner tandem and... uh...

11 months ago on Conversation @


Can't wait for the horrific Ottawa Sun puns when he's finally on the big club.  I wonder how many times they'll use "Lazarbeam"?

1 year, 1 month ago on Prospecting with Pronman: Talks Lazar


"Or maybe it’s just that I don’t care."

Couldn't we just leave it at that?  Done Brennan is a scumbag.

1 year, 3 months ago on Erik Karlsson's not Speaking with the Media…


Nice read. Hockey aside, he may have been the most involved Senator in terms of helping the community (box for sick kids).

1 year, 3 months ago on Wade Redden Announces his Retirement


"...they stand to lose Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Daniel Alfredsson, Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan, Stefan Noesen, Jakob Silfverberg and a 2014 first round pick over a two-year period without having anything to show for it."

This bit scared the shit out of me. Should have a disclaimer for that paragraph!

1 year, 3 months ago on Tim Murray - The Next GM of the Buffalo Sabres


Was wondering why he just wouldn't say "Of course" to the jersey retirement question as well.

Really don't like his last answer, which sounds like a resounding 'no' shrouded in "yes, but only if it's an absolutely ideal situation".  Sounds like he said 'dollar in, dollar out', then tried to placate the increasingly expectant and angry fanbase.

1 year, 4 months ago on James Duthie's 1-on-1 with Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk


I think my panic button is jammed.

Would you say it's time for Sens fans to crack open each others' heads and feast on the goo inside?

1 year, 4 months ago on Alfie Returns


Trade clause or not, even if the myriad of other factors worked (budget, desirability of our assets, no #1 pick, budget...) in our favour, I just can't see the guy using a stack of $100s as a cell phone in a Vegas penthouse ending up in Ottawa.

But yeah... I don't think there's anything not to like about Kane, except for what we'd have to give up to get him.

Also, I'd imagine approximately 26-28 other teams would be interested in him.

1 year, 4 months ago on I Am Not Starting A Evander Kane Rumour


I love how he jumps around so much.  It's like he gets so excited when speaking that he has to jump ship instead of finishing his thought.  Can't speak quickly enough!

1 year, 6 months ago on Melnyk Speaks - On Eve of Home Opener


Oooops, I meant #1

1 year, 6 months ago on The 6th Sens Photoshop Contest Submissions


A lot of good ones to choose from, but I have to go with #2.  Really looks Karlsson look like an ecstatic 5 year old.

1 year, 6 months ago on The 6th Sens Photoshop Contest Submissions


There's such thing as a SINGLE Golden Palace eggroll?

1 year, 9 months ago on Bobby Ryan Speaks And Ottawa Swoons


I was expecting a one-word (starts with "n") blog in response to this title.

1 year, 10 months ago on Should The Sens Pursue Bryan Bickell?


I hear a lot of fans complaining about league bias against us, and I know that's bullshit, but they have a point.  Rule 48 states: A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.


The thing I don't get is that Shanahan explicitly states that Gryba stepped up to deliver a clean hit (ie there was no intent to target Eller's head).


It looks to me like Shanahan has full discretion in deciding how the rule is interpreted.  Seems he doesn't have to follow the language of the rule.


I still fell like the injury/blood are the only things that caused the actual suspension.  Had Eller got right up and not been bleeding, there would have been no penalty.

1 year, 11 months ago on Gryba Receives Two-Game Suspension


Also, it's hard to argue with picking up a 23 year old who instantly becomes your leading scorer.

2 years ago on Breaking: Ben Bishop Traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning


I could see Bishop getting better and possibly even becoming an elite goalie (26 is still pretty young for a tender and his NHL career is just starting).


I've heard a lot of good things about Conacher.  A quick playmaker who will go into dirty areas with Loewenesque tenacity. I've heard he's somewhat of a liability defensively, but if that's true, I'd imagine MacLean will sort that out.


Happy to get a young player who can help us a little now and maybe a lot later.  Even more happy we now have a player whose name rhymes with gory...story, allegory and Montessori!

2 years ago on Breaking: Ben Bishop Traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning


Kovalev regrets signing with Ottawa?


Feeling is mutual, Kovi.

2 years ago on Kovalev Regrets Signing with Ottawa


Just wanted to echo some of the sentiments in the comments section.  This is easily the best Sens-related site on the web.  It's uncommon to find anything but platitudes and meaningless clichés, let alone something unique, interesting and humorous.


Congrats and thanks!

2 years, 11 months ago on End of Season Wrap | April


The mere possibility of Stone, Zibanejad or Silfverberg joining the Sens is exciting/gratuitous for fans, but I have to wonder if dressing Klinkhammer for game 2 would have been the way to go.


We really got pushed around and Klinkhammer has showed that he can play in the NHL.  He hits hard and often, and you can put him in the lineup without sacrificing any speed (perhaps gaining some).


Thoughts on Colonel Klink?

3 years ago on Coming Up Aces: Mark Stone Arrives on Sunday | April


What is this, the most boring interview ever?  I know hockey players generally give bland responses to most questions, but there isn't even a single interesting tidbit to redeem this interview.


Play a full 60 minutes, one shift at a time, leave it all out on the ice, work hard, play well in all 3 zones, give 110%, push the envelope, blah blah blah...

3 years, 1 month ago on Erik Karlsson Appears on Hockey Central | March


I'd hate to be Corvo after hearing that zinger!

3 years, 1 month ago on Thoughts on the Trade Deadline: Brian Lee Dealt for Matt Gilroy | February


Thanks for the Cheechoo/Emery reminder.

I might be dead and gone by the time NYI is finished paying Yashin though.

3 years, 1 month ago on Bryan Murray Talks Nash and Trading Kuba on Fan 590 | February


If we don't get rid of Kuba and/or Gonchar, we'll probably regret it. They both had horrible seasons last year and have rebounded (Gonchar to an extent and Kuba fully) to regain at least some trade value.

Holding on to them just to get beat out in the first, perhaps second round will inevitably seem stupid in retrospect. I'm not saying it's smart to heap minutes on Brian Lee or throw Cowen into the fire, but I DO think it's marginally less stupid to stick to our original plan and convert one or both of them into draft picks while we can.

Right now, I get the feeling Murray does not feel this way. He's clearly indicated he would bring in help at the right price to give his veterans a better shot, so I don't see how he could go in the opposite direction and dump a steady blueliner like Kuba. I imagine he'd be the kind of player we'd be looking for if we didn't already have him.

3 years, 1 month ago on The Eugene Melnyk Radio Tour Carries On | February


Thanks for bringing back the haiku!

Slavitch, count your syllables!

3 years, 2 months ago on Post Game Haiku 55 | February


I miss the post-game haiku

3 years, 3 months ago on Scoring Chances: Game 38 vs. Calgary | December


The thing I don't get is the elbow to the head. You can't "brace" for a hit by putting out your elbow. You also don't have to be "dirty" or "sneaky" to make a horribly wrong split-second decision, which is what I believe Wolski did.

The onus HAS to be on Wolski to brace for a hit with his elbow down. It should be like a high stick; skate around with your stick in the air and it's legal until you hit someone in the face. Pretty sure I was taught never to take a hit by putting up your elbow, stick or fists when I was a kid.

3 years, 5 months ago on Shanahan and His Patrick Dempsey Hair Explain the Wolski Non-Suspension | November


What's the 6th Sens take on Brian Lee? Am I wrong to think he doesn't deserve to sit? He used to suck, then received a prolonged ride in the press box. He came back looking mature, strong and positionally superb.

With the need to showcase veteran D for trade value and simultaneously make room for young D in our lineup, is Lee trade bait? Seems like it would be better for Lee's development to be traded, but given that he's not playing, I find it hard to believe we'd get full value for him He's just becoming solid after all these years.

Do I hold Lee in too high esteem?

3 years, 5 months ago on Insider Trading: The Senators Are In On Kyle Turris | November


Relishing Gonchar's absence from the lineup doesn't make sense, but it sure FEELS good. Just let me have this one.

3 years, 6 months ago on The 'Stache Speaks on Zibanejad and Filatov | October


Not sure I understand why Cowen and Rundblad are in 'prospect purgatory'. First of all, the Vatican got rid of purgatory and all its incarnations a few years back. More importantly, Cowen was pretty close last year and Cowen/Rundblad seem like virtual locks to make the Sens, judging from their performances and EVERYTHING management has said about them.

If it's a question of finding room on our blueline, there are several ways it can be done, so I'm not worried.

Also, it should be noted that there are always a couple of exceptions to the "don't rush your prospects" rule. Some kids just play well with the big boys. We can never know for CERTAIN, but my guess is Skinner & Karlsson, for instance, greatly benefited from being "rushed"

Sorry to be such a prudish curmudgeon - I think your site is tops for Sens analysis. Good to see an amateur sports writer that actually know how to WRITE, not just about sports (I like not having to sacrifice one for the other). AGain, sorry for being a long-winded ass, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

3 years, 9 months ago on The Dog Days Aren't Over But @MikaZibanejad Signs ELC | July