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@SimonGoodwin I wouldn't go so far as to call him an idiot, or say he's getting bad advice. He, and his agent, clearly see what the market value(as inflated as it may have been after this summer) is for a top 4 defenseman. Can't begrudge him for looking for similar terms. Plus he has a lot of leverage as he is clearly the 2nd best defender on the team. And as he's clearly said, he could test free agency for the first time in his career, pretty enticing, and i know I wouldn't want to get shortchanged, even if the salary is in the millions.
And if you want to go the crazy speculative route, last years' trade deadline really saw all bargains on even good players. You'd have to think decent teams will not offer crazy contracts to the now always thin free agent market. That and many of the bad teams are budget teams, so they will wise up a bit, especially with all this analytics stuff that you'd imagine will eventually figure to come into play with contracts. If anything as a player, I'd like to cash in now.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/marc-methot-draws-the-line-at-5m-per-year.html
@Nichols6thSens @RyanH if the goal is to bankrupt Melnyk(as mine would be). Not too hard to hand out 1-2 year ridiculous contracts. Hell, we paid Kovelev almost $10 million.
We need a center, how about Ribiero for 5 or 6 million? Defence? Bring Volchenkov back for a retirement contract? 5 million. Hell, I'd pay just to have a guy named McBain on my roster, for obvious reasons. As if they'd turn down the money.
Then hope to god he sells and someone keeps the team in Ottawa.
I didn't say it was a good plan.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/the-problem-isnt-the-internal-budget-its-the-senators-philosophy.html
@Nichols6thSens @RyanH The vindictive side of me just wants Murray to go crazy, spend the cap cap(on actual good players, not just crazy signings) and bankrupt Melnyk. Avoid this whole Phoenix Coyotes scenario that it looks like it's turning into. Rip the band-aid off...
How long until this team can't even reach the cap floor, 5 years, if that? Then what, new owner, or relocation?
If it was still Gillis in charge, I wouldn't be too concerned about the delay in a Kesler trade. Just look at how the Luongo situation went down. On the upside, Benning will probably want to show a win with the Kesler trade, and that's pretty tough. Even with Spezza's injury and contract concerns, he's still a very attractive option, and I'm sure Murray doesn't horribly overvalue him, but he's just looking for a deal that is reasonably fair, rather than trying to fleece another team. Though if he can manage the latter...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/waiting-for-the-shoe-to-drop-kesler-market-holding-up-senators-deal.html
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Bobby Ryan Out For the Remainder of the Season
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Fan Expresses Gratitude to Senators Organization
10 months, 2 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.
11 months 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.
11 months, 1 week 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).
11 months, 2 weeks 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, 8 months 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, 9 months 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.
2 years, 3 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!?)
2 years, 3 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'.
2 years, 4 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.
2 years, 5 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.
2 years, 5 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, 10 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, 10 months ago on Tuesday Morning Scuttlebutt | December
@MelnyksHangovers@Nichols6thSens 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, 10 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, 10 months ago on How the New NHL Alignment Affects the Ottawa Senators | December
@Nichols6thSens@slavitch Not to mention the cup celebrations of Yzerman handing the cup to Alfie, who hands it to Spezza, who hands it to Chara, who hands it to Hossa, and so on. While the Leafs blow up their team after their 4th consecutive playoff series loss at the hands of the Senators.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Bizarro World Senators: Looking at 20 Seasons Worth of Ottawa Senators 'What Ifs...?" | November
@slavitch It does fill one with a lot of rage, and just reminds us of how poorly this city has been run.
I have to agree, that is an awesome name.
3 years, 1 month ago on Mark Stone Signs ELC | September
@Nichols6thSens For most of the first Ottawa dominated Pittsburgh. we seemed too fast for them. That and our players seemed to have found some decent chemistry already.
From what I saw, Cowen and Rundblad were very composed. Wiercoch seems to be skating better, whether or not that is because he's not surrounded by NHL skaters I don't know, but he really seemed smooth out there. I also really enjoyed it too much when Borowiecki ran over that dude. And Lehner was unsuprisingly good. Rundblad had a great play when Lehner was down as he knocked a puck out of the air that was on it's way in. I never noticed Zibanejad much, though I didn't get to watch the game in long spurts, it was a thing of a few minutes here and there. Though Peterssons goal was sexy, even though I don't think you'd get it on an NHL goalie. He has some hands though.
Overall very exciting, even if it was a collection of players on both teams that may never see significant NHL time.
3 years, 1 month ago on Post Game Haiku: Rookie Camp Game 1 | September
Even though I only got to watch about half the game overall. I realized just how much I missed hockey this summer.
Personally, I'm OK with his cockiness. If only because every NHL player is trained to be Captain Modest when dealing with the media.
3 years, 1 month ago on Prospects And Point Shares | September
Though The Guess Who are from Winnipeg, so you know those are the songs that the Jets will use. 80's cock rock is pretty much perfect for the whole sports arena thing, so it's a good bet most of the selections will be in that vein.
We could use 'Freebird', one of the few goal songs that'll get you a delay of game penalty.
3 years, 1 month ago on I Like This Contest | September
I think this explains quite well what it's like to be a fan in a small market, one sport town.
3 years, 3 months ago on On Role Models and Character | July
@kozelp I personally can't see either of them being moved. This is the last year of Carkner's deal, and Neil is a leader type guy on the team and it's not like we're trying to clear cap space. And more importantly Neil's value would be way higher at the deadline. I figure Foligno or Regin(or both in this Bryan Murray's not fucking around era of the team) are possibly on their way out if they don't bring it in training camp/the first quarter of the season.
3 years, 3 months ago on Prospects, Promise and ... "They Just Signed Who?!" | July
It really seems like Bryan Murray is just trying to play havoc with the local media's spellcheckers lately.
If you had time to create an elaborate romantically themed easter egg hunt that would take 3 or so hours....
Some Ambien in her welcome back coffee from Tim Hortons?
"Hey, hon, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?"
3 years, 3 months ago on Draft Day Dilemmas | June
@Nichols6thSens @Isaac Agreed on that point. If there was a draft that we didn't mind not being top 3 for, this would be it.
Also Isaac, I personally disagree. We're not paying for character, we're paying for him to make standard NHL saves on a regular basis. Or in Ottawa's case, overpay(at least in term IMO), because we have to in our smaller city. Elliott showed he was unable to in a starter's role.
Good article as it reminds me of how important this trade was for this season and the next few. It seems to have affected everything, from who we draft to the development to the prospects who came up after the Kelly, Fisher, and Kovalev trades. I certainly feel they wouldn't have made as much an impact if we didn't have a stellar goalie at the time. All I'm hoping for is him to be solid next year. It'd be nice not to be down 1 or 2 goals by the end of the 1st.
3 years, 4 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://the6thsens.com/2011-articles/june/whatifwednesdayanderson94990.html
All this draft postulation is starting to get to me. The more you see and read about a player, the easier it becomes to find things wrong with them. I imagine as a scout it's even worse to control. I'm all for taking any one of the guys who appear to be available at our spot. Granted I'm not even remotely close to a knowledgeable person about junior players, other than did I notice them at the WJC (brutally small sample size).
There are arguments for drafting each guy, we draft a super skilled guy, Strome or whatever, who with Spezza may be a solid 30 to potentially 40 goal guy. We certainly need ANY goal scorers on this team. Those guys get us to the playoffs. Then again, a guy like Landeskog, gritty two way forward with some good offence, and apparently a leadership type. We could use that too in our top six. Alfie's getting old, and that style of play really shines in the playoffs. Second line center, we've needed that almost as long as a reliable goaltender. Boy it'd be nice to have two reliably threatening lines, let alone the ability to juggle the two as required.
For me, I'd hope to draft a player who's overall abilities and whatnot I believe could add up to more than the sum of his parts. That could be grit, two way play, and leadership. That could be skill, speed, and swagger. Hell even self belief, will to win, and herculean work ethic have made heroes out of seemingly lesser players. Perhaps that's what you mean by higher ceiling, I don't know.
As a card carrying homer, it's real hard to ignore the idea of drafting a Sens fan (no one lies about that, especially when they're a lottery team) and potential next Alfie in Landeskog. Unrealistic as it is.
3 years, 4 months ago on The 6th Sens Mailbag - The Gabriel Landeskog Edition | June
From what I recall reading about Couturier's drop is that although he has been exceptional for so long, it's the fact that other top prospects have raised their level of play, as opposed to him who has still been very, very good but it didn't appear that he upped his game. Which could potentially lead you to think he has peaked.
You'd have to imagine the scenario that's they're not keen on is perhaps a player they had projected getting drafted a bit lower than 6 being taken before then. Look at last year's draft with how some players were drafted well outside their projections (Fowler is the only one that comes to mind right now, granted that was a drop). Maybe they think they have the next Matt Duchene and are hoping no one else think's he's as good a fit for them. Murray has often been a little off the board with his selections with this team. That's my half assed guess anyways...
3 years, 4 months ago on The Turd in the Punchbowl: Tim Murray's Worst Case Scenario? | May
For future times when you have to listen to the Tea Party, just take a drink every time he says angels or soul, and see if you can keep pace.
3 years, 5 months ago on The 6th Sens Podcast - Episode 42: Featuring Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) | May
You mention an interesting point about Clouston getting more rope. I have been thinking about this for the last little while, about both Murray and Clouston. Obviously due to the, as I would say, night and day difference in how the team is playing after the trades and so forth.
I somewhat figure a likely plan for next year is to still have Murray and possibly Clouston still in their respective positions next year. Basically, giving them a mulligan on this year and signing them both to 1 year deals. It's a relatively risk free move for Melnyk, at worst he gets a top 3rd draft pick next year and benefits from whatever intangible Bryan Murray seems to bring to drafting and scouting over the next 12+ months. Though if Lindy Ruff was available, I'd make a play to get him. Not pay a kings ransom or anything, but make a serious offer.
3 years, 7 months ago on Stocking the Coffers - The Wacey Hamilton Edition | March
@Pmoron I'm somewhat inclined to agree with you about Anderson. Though I'd be horribly suprised if Bryzgalov or Vokoun would sign here. Especially the latter, he's getting on in his career and would probably choose a team with a much better shot at a cup in the next few seasons(or even that playoff hockey he's heard so much about). If somehow Bryzgalov wasn't retained by Pheonix, I feel we're not at the top of his list of future homes. And I think that would cost us more than Anderson would to sign him.
3 years, 7 months ago on The Sunday Soapbox: In Which We Discuss The Correlation Between Morality And The Hockey Fight (Or How The Self-Righteously Indignant Can Shove It Up Their Collective Ass)
@dzuunmod I recall quite vividly the media crediting Maxime Talbot's fight in a game as THE turning point which galvanized the Penguins to come back in a playoff series clinching game against Philadelphia a few years ago. Yes, i know that's only one example, but it's definately more common.
I'm not an advocate of fighting though, I could easily go an entire season without a fight and probably not even notice. My issue with fighting is players, such as Gilles, who play 5 minutes a night and their only role is to start a fight. I've hated on Neil for that many a night when the team isn't playing well, he tries to force a fight to get the team more energized. THAT, I dislike. The fights I feel affect the outcome of the game, are the spontaneous ones, a guy stands up for his teammate over a dirty hit, running of their goalie, hell even just things said on the ice. I'm okay with those, and really all we can do is educate the players on what fighting can do. Since they are agreed to, they know the risk they're taking by inviting another player to punch them in the head.
I figure keeping Phillips is about mentoring the kids. But less so for their on ice performance, as how to handle themselves off it. Though it is hard to ignore that they wanted to keep at least some fan-favourite and long time Senators around, even if it is just for marketability.
Also I really hope Alfie's injury is nowhere near that bad. It would be a massive shame to have this year be his last.
3 years, 7 months ago on Another Thought on the Phillips Extension
Yeesh, this reminds me of that article in The Sun earlier this year when the journalist just seemed to ask 4 Leaf fans in a bar their opinion on the Senators this year. Except, this article is somehow worse.
3 years, 8 months ago on A Wall Street Foray
Quality podcast, they should really let Cyril Leeder do the press conferences. Articulate, honest, and he doesn't use any of those horridly annoying hockey cliches. Good to know he's involved high level decisions with the team.
I definately agree with Barnsley about just keeping a large portion of our free cap space available. Seems smart to just use some of it to bring in decent filler talent at good salary to hold us through the hopefully shorter than the Islanders rebuild(re-tool, whatever the hell it's called). Also to makeup for attendance shortfalls. Though, as Cyril stated, marketing the team on the hope and potential of young prospects(a la Edmonton) really should help to minimize that.
3 years, 8 months ago on The 6th Sens Podcast - Episode 37