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I work in the hospitality industry, and stories of this type are not uncommon(not nearly as touching though). It's nice to know there are great people behind the scenes in the day to day operations of the Senators organization. It's easy to cast a dark penny pinching cloud over the whole operation whenever Eugene happens to walk into a microphone. I will probably never let him off the hook, especially with his apparent city politics antics, but it's nice to know there are great people doing the right thing all the way down the ladder in that whole company.
1 week, 3 days ago on Fan Expresses Gratitude to Senators Organization
Assuming Kypreos' source wasn't just talking out of his ass, that could be great news. Though we'll have to keep in mind, the Canadian dollar has been declining, projected to eventually go down to maybe 88 cents to the american dollar. After years of being roughly on par, having to pay that kind difference on salaries could definitely make it tough to be a mid cap team.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Cap Ceiling Rises and So Shall Ottawa's Mid-Cap Spending
I have to say, considering how much line juggling MacLean has done, i'm a little surprised he didn't bother to throw MacArthur and/or Ryan out with Spezza. Why the hell not even for a few shifts here and there in a game where they are already down 2 (which has been often enough). Could be a great way to see if Turris is good enough to carry other linemates, which i think he could at least for a while. Though the points certainly wouldn't be there.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Spezza the Key to the Sens Turning It Around
@Nichols6thSens @RyanH Oh, it's very tough to watch. Especially as most fans expected some regression, especially for the rookies who stepped up and played well last year. We just didn't expect REGRESSION. Cowen and Weircoch have both struggled badly, and when you're banking on them improving, getting a little bit better every day(MacLeans' mantra, or brand if you will, from the first season and a bit that seems to have been lost). Holy hell.
And on Spezza, he's struggling, and teams know it. I feel not so much because of his play, but his linemates are not helping, and the coaching strategy seems to be just converge on Spezza, because you don't want to get him going offensively. He still needs to find a way around this, as this generally leaves a guy relatively open, it just happens that the person open is Chris Neil or someone who doesn't exactly have a penchant for making use of that space.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 18 Games of Disappointment
Perhaps this is the type of embarrassing loss that this team needs to sort it's shit out. A similar loss and subsequent players only meeting in MacLeans' first year here seemed to do the trick and get this team sorted out.
@dzuunmod that is an exceptionally fair point. On the traffic issue, the arena prospect in Lebreton flats was also supposed to be a catalyst for light rail(as Ottawa residents, lets just not mention how that's going) because naturally buses just can't move that many people in a reasonable time, which is a huge issue with the arena now and if you go with their plan for light rail, it is still a problem until around the end of the life expectancy of the arena. I see the arenas' problems, at this point you need to make a great fan experience to GOING to the game. Especially in a small market team with the pain in the ass of having a remote arena and the two most loyal fan bases of opposing teams. Also, maybe the team kicking ass like a lot of preseason reports said, that would help.
Let's also not ignore what building that arena on Lebreton flats back then could have meant for the development of that area(all guesses of course, City Of Ottawa management, you know).
4 months ago on The Ottawa Senators Have An Attendance Problem
@dzuunmod it's a fair point to assume that a downtown location for the arena would be better for a more fan convenient and pre/post game destination. Though, if you read the article linked in this post(and i believe Nichols wrote an entry about this article some time ago) The proposed location was Lebreton flats, the closest local attractions within a decent walking distance are not exactly sterling. From that location, you are a solid thirty minute walk to the market, Elgin, and the north end of Bank street. Similar walks to Portage and so on on the Quebec side. And little parking to be had if you were to decide to drive to these locations after the game.
The biggest thing about the CTC(assuming it hasn't been renamed before this post clears) again is the lack of any solid development around the arena. Sure, I could spend an afternoon kicking tires on a new car then pay $8 for beers before the game, but that's about it. As a somewhat casual goer to games(i'd love to afford season tickets and be able to go to most of the games), I've never found a reason to show up early/make the time to show up early.
@T-Money it's nice to see them looking at Russians too. Though I figure our problem with drafting and keeping them was there was never significant opportunity for them to step into the NHL right away(think of how many top-6 spots that weren't already taken over the last few years). Yes we all want them to pay their dues in the AHL, but with the KHL offering waaay more money and ice-time AND being their home country, it's hard to get a player to commit to that unless you're a team with at least reasonable openings in the NHL roster.
1 year, 1 month ago on The An'Tip'in Of The Iceberg?
I figure our apparent scramble for bodies on D is more for potential injuries than actually making a contender out of the team right now. Murray has said in the past you can never have enough NHL ready defensemen, so I assume he will try and bolster it without spending too much money/prospects.
1 year, 1 month ago on Sens Looking At D Options; Reddenâs Corpse Not Included
@mparisi79 He makes good points, but if I'm a contending team, I'd fully expect more than an average of 45 points out of my second line center.
1 year, 7 months ago on Filling the Void: Ottawa's Perpetual Search for a Second Line Center | July
@mparisi79 Second line player, for sure. But Second line Center? I personally don't think so.
I'd be fine with getting Nash if there weren't 6 years left on his contract, 4 would be tops for me(it'd be not great, but I figure I could live with it). I'd also be surprised Parenteau would sign here. Not because of us being a small market/city, but you just know someone's going to throw 4+ million at him. Hard to turn down an offer when they show up with a dump truck full of money. Especially when you play for the Islanders, "Wait, we'll probably make the playoffs and we DON'T stay at Motel 6's when we're on the road?!?".
I wish Carkner the best in his contract negotiations with any team, though I'd love to keep him around in the same type of role he's had the last few years. He will be missed more than we think, not as much as Brennan would say, but still he contributes more to the team than his stats and PIMs. Especially for his price range as far as the on-ice part goes(On a side note: is it just me, or in the last 2 years, was he the only other defenseman than Karlsson who mostly never hesitated to shoot the damn puck!?)
1 year, 8 months ago on Wednesay Night Senators News and Notes | June
To be fair, and to not even remotely discount Stone's contribution in that one game, how much blood, sweat, and tears had Stone shed for the Senators before that one playoff game? He was right rightfully giving it all as team captain for the Brandon Wheat Kings, not his future team in the NHL. Same as Silfverberg as the captain of Brynäs'.
1 year, 8 months ago on Cherry Picking: Don Cherry Rips Stone versus Silfverberg Decision | June
I'd me more than happy if they re-signed him for a couple of years. I personally don't feel he's a full time 2nd line player, but he has all the skills, size, and experience a lot of teams would like at his price. It seems like for the last few years, he has a fantastic month which amounts to the team getting an extra couple of wins when the stars can't get it done. Add to that he seems to be a great locker room guy, also somewhat of a leader (I'm basing that on how he's often there for an interview, and how he talks in the press)
And if he will become a solid 2nd line 20-25 goal scorer, I feel like the current style of hockey the Senators play very much benefits his skill set. He just needs to stop trying to do ridiculous dangles when a simple dump and chase is required. Not that I complain about his 4 or 5 highlight reel goals a year he seems to score.
1 year, 9 months ago on Challenging Nick Foligno | May
It's been nice to have a Senators season be memorable for good things, it's been far to long since that's happened.
You could also argue this is the least disappointing playoff exit they've had in the last 10 years.
1 year, 9 months ago on The 6th Sens' Review of the 2011/12 Season | May
SteveHL I don't think he's sacrificing the future so much. Could we afford Runblad, Karlsson, and Cowen? Not so much that'd be probably close to $20 million for all three, but I do think we didn't get all we could have for Rundblad. Had he played another season or so I'd think his value would be higher.
Also Don Maloney made it very clear he wasn't just going to give Turris away.
2 years, 2 months ago on Senators Trade For Kyle Turris | December
I'm most certainly not a fan of this trade at first sight. I certainly don't think we got all we could get for Rundblad, as there would have been the opportunity for more ice time and ect for him to perfom next year. Though we all know we couldn't afford to pay Karlsson, Cowen and Rundblad market value and have any room for our forwards.
Personally, I'm concerned with how he left Phoenix, Paul Maclean isn't afraid to play him on the 4th line so he better be okay with that. And with the price I feel we payed, he better play closer to a 1b centre than a 2nd line center.
I really hope Bieksa talks to the refs about that Avery guy, they need to know he might be a bit of a dirty player.
2 years, 2 months ago on Tuesday Morning Scuttlebutt | December
MelnyksHangoversNichols6thSens It's still early for the customary Buckle Up speech. He usually delivers that one in late January.
I personally didn't expect Kuba to be on the IR long term. I did expect him to suck though, and thankfully that didn't happen. I would like to see Filatov get more than 2 games at less than 10 min a game to try and prove himself though.
2 years, 3 months ago on Filatov's Time In Ottawa Drawing to a Close? | December
I definitely find it odd that we have both Florida teams. You'd think the natural thing would be to have both NY teams in out division. Overall, I like the realignment as it appears, though it will take some getting used to. And you know there will be some unforeseen problems with it. Seeing every team at home I think is the huge positive in this.
2 years, 3 months ago on How the New NHL Alignment Affects the Ottawa Senators | December