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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!
1 day, 4 hours 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.
1 week ago on Melnyk Speaks - Attendance, Finicky Fans, Internal Budget and Alfie's Return
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
1 week, 1 day 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...
2 weeks ago on Insider Trading: Michael Del Zotto
I wonder if Tyler Myers could be had from Buffalo.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Consistently Inconsistent
Lehner and Emery need to go, but Keisha already knows that
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 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 weeks, 1 day ago on Jason Spezza Places Winning Above Production
Note the increasing measure of force used to dissuade Gallagher from crashing the net
first offence : water cooler talk and shaking hands
second offence : face massage
third offence: a face full of gryba
fourth offence: take his helmet off with a stick and 2 mins to think about it
good on kassasin and neil for letting Parros skate around without trying to hold him accountable for all the little montreal shits that don't back up their cheapshots
3 weeks, 6 days ago on big_mistake_montreal.gif
The message I take from Boro's call up is simplifying the game. Guys are hanging onto the puck or trying to get cute in their own zone and losing compete battles. While Boro will not be a puck mover, he will likely show more discipline and respect his limits as a defense first player. Remains to be seen how his skating looks this year, but its tough to imagine a downgrade with how other players are skating around the Sens defenders in their zone. If nothing else, his thundering hits will give fans something different to cheer for.
1 month ago on Mark Borowiecki Recalled by Senators
For everyone questioning the contract, consider that Greening was drafted nearly a decade ago and only now has his first chance at free agency. He developed on the cheap in college and bingo for the better part of a decade and signed a very favorable 3 year contract after showing promise as a speedy power forward in his first partial season. During the last full season, he scored 40 points as a first line helping a resurgent Jason Spezza. On the open market, he would be pursued as a fast power forward by every team except Boston and would have contracts like Brian Bickell's as a ceiling for comparables. He will be playing through his prime during this contract and remain relatively healthy in a league where a lot of physical forwards carry lingering injuries. Add to all this that he is still playing for 800k through this season. While anything can happen during the extension, I would challenge anyone to find a more cost effective way to acquire a speedy power forward with this resume in lieu of retaining him as an in house prospect.
1 month ago on A Thought on Colin Greening's Struggles
Ceci's numbers in bingo look shit hot. Waiting for a Luke Richardson/Tim Murray evaluation, minus the fluff and spin, to hear if he might be the second puck mover with a big shot missing on Sens blueline.
1 month, 1 week ago on United in Red: a State of the Union Post
No toughness. Borocop has recurring neck injuries, senators haven't fought once and I could see Colton Orr chirping 'talks cheap mofo' when kassian skated bye
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Senators Panic Power Rankings: October
agree with the kessel comparison, also in terms of each team having to give up 3 blue chip pieces to get the player they wanted - there is some saving face measure to lock up something you've invested that heavily in. as for risky contracts, most teams can trade premiere offensive players even with big cap hits to teams who can't draft or lure free agents. while columbus may be scratching off that list now, there will be others in the future
2 months ago on The Kessel Contract And Bobby Ryan
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The 6th Sens Photoshop Contest Submissions
Folks in Westboro are relocating squirrels to Gatineau park. They look kind of like Michael Hutchinson did when he saw Bobby with the puck at the top of the slot in Sunday's game.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bobby Ryan Doesn't Crack ESPN's Top 100 Forwards List
To harp on the context bandwagon, you have to consider that Karlsson and veteran-stay-at-home partner will always get the lions share of top pairing even strength and PP minutes. If he is relied on more as a mobile shut down player with size as his SH TOI stat suggests, then the other columns arent expected to stand out. Since the going rate for ANY half decent physical defender is 3-4m per, it's not a stretch to pay this to retain a coveted draft choice entering his prime. It's not like they can replace his presence any other way at this value. If anything, I think his injury history played into the Sens benefit locking him up to a moderate term at a manageable cap number. The 3 guys I would replace him with on that list all have higher terms and cap hits. Now that fans are excited about Sens hockey again and Melnyk's casino fits are winding down, he can loosen up the purse strings again.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Cowen Signs - 4 Years, $3.1M AAV
You have to say Melnyk I've had enough of your, goodbye
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Melnyk Speaks: Calls Jim Watson an Alien, Needs Army Before Visiting RCR, etc.
Melnyk "We're better than Detroit now that Alfie is over there"
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Melnyk on Alfie's Decision Factors