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@Nichols6thSens @sensuries "He is however not a particularly dynamic defenseman and can at times be a liability in his own end. Though mobile he lacks quickness. Also, his gap control is not particularly good either."
2 days, 1 hour ago on Deadline Day Was Anything But Dead
Moving petersen also opens up opportunities for offensive winger prospects in bingo with a beefed up back end. HF's profile of Grant was the first time I've seen anything negative or any scouting opinion on a player there
2 days, 15 hours ago on Deadline Day Was Anything But Dead
I think Murray sold high on Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Bryan Murray Speaks on Hockey Central - Talks Trade
This comment belongs on every rumor article. I suspect NHL types who read it will use the same line to deflect scrutiny from their scouting activity.
1 month, 1 week ago on Senators Scouts in Florida
On top of achilles injury and shitty 2013 part of this season for sens....? refusing request and not speaking to media, so obviously Brennan doesn't respect personal space. It's the opposite of what he wrote in his article designed to magnify the problem for his own personal gain.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Erik Karlsson's not Speaking with the Media…
just read local paper in south florida - TJI - Dale Tallon is echoing the same script. saying owners told him to spend to cap and put a competitive team on ice to attract fans.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on More Thoughts on Tim Murray's Departure
melnyk spent big when with cash and future assets when the team was thought to be close. tim murray qualified the willingness to spend by saying it would come only when Buffalo had a strong enough nhl team and prospect pool to attract marquee free agents that are worth spending to the cap on. this is what every nhl team says. and anyone could believe that ottawa hasnt shown its close enough to contending since 2007 to justify spending to the cap.
melnyk spent big with cash and future assets when the Sens were thought to be close. I have no doubt he will do this again when the sens show they can sustainably compete with elite teams to go deep in the playoffs. until then, marquee free agents that could get them closer probably would chose stronger teams anyways.
on one hand we complain about the term of Nash's contract and his age through it. on the other hand, we complain about the term of Bobby Ryan's contract and his UFA age. Ottawa has come very close on all the FA's it chased down, a reflection of the strength of the organization, it's coach, GM, prospects, development, competitiveness and roster flexibility. We can also assume a healthy dose of good felt by Ryan for the high price Ottawa paid and the top line minutes they're giving him to thrive in his contract years. Add to this that camp Ryan could best capitalize on a significant cap hike by signing an extension this offseason and you have a lot of elements working in Ottawa's favor.
the next time you have corey pronman on, i will be asking two questions: Nash or Ryan? Turris or Tarasenko?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pierre Dorion Speaks - WJHC, Lazar, Shore, Hogberg and 2014 Draft
you gotta believe this is why anaheim had bobby on the block during his RFA years. perhaps anaheim beat writers wore down management with attacks on bobby's leadership intangibles... his skating may be average, but I see him as the most complete forward on the sens roster right now - and more importantly, he's the physical power forward on the senators first productive top line since 2006. I think Ryan could have comeback at Burke harder, but he may be stewing over some zingers for twitter.
(suggestions: the sweep, only cup on heels of Bryan Murray's GMing, more teams than Niki Filatov, armchair truculence, Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton, David Clarkson, )
2 months ago on Bobby Ryan Responds to Brian Burke's Comments
Leadership narratives are usually a joke - mosts media figures are under intense pressure to fill space and maintain hype. Vague emotional intangibles are pretty defensible - so long as they don't go into too much detail.
I think leadership is more about on ice play and off ice work ethic. I've always thought highly of Spezza's shot and playmaking skills. Unfortunately, these are less valuable in big minute situations against other teams best players. Careless turnovers, sluggish skating, no physical play and now a sharp decline in health and defensive acumen. Without highly physical two way wingers to complement his game, I don't think Spezza is a top6 forward on an elite NHL team right now. Will be interesting to follow the next few games to see how internal options fill those minutes in Spezza's absence
2 months, 1 week ago on Magical Leadership Powers and the Plight of Jason Spezza
With penny pinching teams claiming cap hike doesn't affect their plan, you gotta ask where Ottawa stands. Guys like MacArthur and Ryan may have just hit oil this year.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Reading the Tea Leaves: Kassian Draws In, Hoffman Out
as long as TSN2 in HD is broadcast without extras on cable packages.
good on kyper for giving an opinion without relying on a dubious anonymous source. it's fairly transparent for fans to look at everything that's been said and see it was all of the above that contributed to alfie leaving - money, a more mature roster, some lies, all lies, a change of scenery, etc..
murray rebuilt a scoring line on the fly with c-mac and ricky bobby, alfie gets to bask in a nordic bromance and every ottawa fan should stop thinking of alfie like the ex that may come back some day. it's over!
3 months ago on Nick Kypreos Talking About the Senators on Toronto Radio Yesterday
On the subject of internal player loyalty, Greening's first deal struck me as extremely team friendly. A large speedy power forward with emerging skills playing on the first line with a willingness to drop the gloves gets locked up for 3 years at 667k on his second RFA deal.. felt like it was about half price and that team Greening conceded too long a term at a marginal minimum salary. Makes me wonder if this extension factored in some sort of compensation for Greening conceding to a low number through the Sens rebuilding and paying off front loaded hefty contracts.
And don't look now, but Chris Phillips is playing first line PP minutes with EK65 in a contract year. Seems like the fountain of youth has sprung upon him just in time.
3 months, 1 week ago on Melnyk Speaks - Attendance, Finicky Fans, Internal Budget and Alfie's Return
3 months, 1 week ago on Senators Heritage Classic Jersey Leaks
Ride em when they right, whip em when they wrong.
I guess this means Ceci's AHL numbers don't translate to NHL readiness...and that Rangers want what Sens gave for Chris Campoli in same boat 4 years ago
3 months, 1 week ago on Matching Up For Del Zotto, Ottawa's Enticing Trade Package
Stuck in a no-movement fantasy league where people want insane values for their players, so it's refreshing to focus on Brian Murray after 20 games...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Insider Trading: Michael Del Zotto
I wonder if Tyler Myers could be had from Buffalo.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Consistently Inconsistent
Lehner and Emery need to go, but Keisha already knows that
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Robin Lehner Trolls Ray Emery's Girl
Venting is needed for many fans. For this list of disappointments, there exists an unequal and opposite list of improvements.
Senators have pieced together their best top line since 2006...and just in time. I think the Sens did ok on this trade - Bobby looks like a pretty well rounded player.
Mark Borowecki looks like he might be ready to be a solid 6th defender everyday.
Robin Lehner looks ready to take over #1 goaltending duties
that is all
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 18 Games of Disappointment
Spezza will always be the playmaker people want more from. I look at Spezza's regression with a half full cup. You have a first line pivot working with sheltered minutes on the PP or middle 6 to give another unit some scoring punch. His playmaking would seem to complement some emerging prospects who have strong quick releases (zibanejad, puemel, stone) but haven't shown they can create their own shot. His contract expires with Bobby Ryan's, so management has a big round 12.6m cap hit built into their "internal" budget to resign one, both or whoever can do the most to help them win at that time.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Jason Spezza Places Winning Above Production