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wow you SHOULD be on staff for the Sens, great work. My observation that Smith was on the ice for two goals, one a glaring giveaway. Your graph certainly goes a long way explaining that. Maybe Maclean was sending a message but it certainly was at the peril of what eventually happened, another loss. Yet I still see this season as a rebuild and that there will be at least two more painful years of new players and veteran losses as the new replaces the old. I still trust this coach and I'm sure there is a plan to all this line juggling.
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1 month, 3 weeks ago on More Thoughts on Tim Murray's Departure
The other reason that a rebuilding team stays under the cap is to be able to sign restricted free agents such as Mika Zibanejad. Fans really need need patience when it comes to these times. Alfredsson was never going to be part of this organization going forward and it was not more evident than the 24/7 where they did a segment in his new home in Detroit. His kids speak flawless Swede and he maintains Swedish traditions, he has every intention of returning to Sweden so we need to move on.There is something to be said for this organization having produced two general managers.Melnyk under the advice of his management team is staying the course and not spending foolishly. Better to bring in a rental from a position of strength going into a playoff run than to hope you make it and waste whatever picks or prospects it costs you to make a move.This team has improved tremendously since October and continues to do so. The Eastern conference is so unstable that all it takes is for a team to get their act together to make a solid run, there is a lot of season left so let's enjoy the ride and continue to speculate to our heart content.I still don't have a lot of confidence in Melnyk I feel he is was too involved in hockey decisions. Maybe his knee jerk reaction to bring in Kovalev has had an effect, enough to trust Murray anyway.
@TrevorKluke The responsibilities of divorce
3 months, 1 week ago on Melnyk Speaks - Attendance, Finicky Fans, Internal Budget and Alfie's Return
I did not read the whole interview but the ending interests me as I have known two coworkers who are literally only interested in the fighting. One of them came to work every Monday just to watch the fights on Youtube. Do they buy tickets and go to games probably not but they certainly watch it on TV and it is a source of revenue. Would people who watch hockey for the violence stop watching? Yes
3 months, 1 week ago on Bill Daly On Fighting
I say stand pat and hope that they can relax enough to play loose and get better as the season progresses. I did a comparison between the Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman and the age difference is incredible. Most of Chicago's D is are in the full prime except for one. Ottawa on the other hand has a very young defensive core that just needs time and a couple more years. I know it's hard to watch but will pay dividends in the long run. Borowiecki ( I have to look up how to spell that one every time) has been very steady since he came up, even his first passes are good as oposed to tape to tape to opposing players like Methot and Karlsson have been doing. Time is all this team needs, hopefully our owner and fans get this.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Goaltending Distraction
It does make you wonder how this organization is run? Is Melnyk as involved in personnel decision as I've always thought ever since the Kovalev fiasco? I heard him in an interview on the radio once say that Brian Murray had given him a list of possible draft picks and moves they might make for his approval. Melnyk is not a hands off type owner and just maybe Tim Murray might want out. Then again I get the feeling with absolutely no proof that things might be the same in Buffalo. That owner is a huge fan as well. I hope he stays myself, he has proven too good at bringing in and developing young players (university).
3 months, 1 week ago on Tim Murray Interviewing for Vacant Buffalo GM Gig?
Can we trade Garrioch, Sometimes I think the media likes to speculate a little too much. This is still a work in progress and is only in year three. Cowen does need to get more involved and certainly part of that involvement is his physical play. He also needs to think less offence more defence as he is not recognizing when the play gets turned over and goes the other way, often outnumbered attacks for the other team. As for goaltending I'll admit Anderson has not been spectacular but not many goalies are facing that many shots night after night, also add that the Senators have faced the cream of the crop in opposition since the beginning of the season with suspect officiating to boot and it's impressive they have gotten any points at all
4 months ago on Garrioch Discusses Organization's Patience On FAN590
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Melnyk Allegedly Punches Hole in Wall at ACC
I don't know about Grant (fourth round 119th) but Condra can skate and just maybe they could do something on the fourth line. After constantly wanting him to come back to the Senators if his role is going to be fourth line garbage and some specialty play I almost wish he would stay in Bingo and get some quality play. Hopefully they are so good that MacLean makes them a top line, what a mess
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Mika Zibanejad Recalled
I had heard that he loses his cool after losses. I can't remember which series but there was a lot of screaming going on according to the media who were trying to access the players after the game. They never mentioned who was doing the yelling but...
You can point to so many obvious reasons for this team having fallen out of favor with fans and therefor losing money. The ten games that featured discounts at the beginning of last season and then extended to the rest of the season, Signing Jared Cowen to more money than they expected, O'Brien getting NHL money to play in Binghampton those things add up. The worst of these are sending Zibanejad to the minors, are you kidding me, he is a better players to watch than De Costa will ever be, makes this team a joke.
5 months, 1 week ago on TSN's Darren Dreger Talks Senator Finances
It will be as last year was a case of MaCLean making all the right decisions at game time and throughout. We cannot discount his effect on players and the way his style motivates them to perform beyond their capability, it's what made them so enjoyable to watch all season long. This shortened season plays somewhat to a young teams advantage as they will have many back to back game nights and if Maclean recognizes this and plays the veterans accordingly this team should do reasonably well. It's still the same mostly weak eastern comference
1 year, 2 months ago on Senators Poised to Take A Step: Forward or Back? | July
As much as I like Foligno there are, like you say, plenty of players that are here and coming up the pipe with similar styles. Somehow more was expected of him but it never materialized. Keep him if his contract demands are reasonable, trade for a pic at the draft or this summer if not.
2 years ago on Wednesday Water Cooler Fodder | March
@Nichols6thSens And Cowen certainly brought it this year after helping Bingo get the Calder. The relegation tournament is Mikas chance to show what he's got against inferior talent
2 years ago on Season In Sweden Is Over - Now What? | March
@SteveHL Your points are all good and I hope he responds to the pressure that will be put on him to perform as he is expected to.
Mika Zibanejad was not impressive in the world juniors either, other than scoring the winning goal that is. Hopefully he finds his way and some consistency because it might be a while before he makes the Sens roster as a regular.
I did not get one:(
2 years ago on The Ottawa Senators Reach Out to Bloggers | March
Compared to Toronto we should be placed that high. There are many decent players coming up for Ottawa in the coming years. Should be interesting to see who actually works out.
2 years ago on Five Senators Crack THN's Future Watch List | March
We must never lose sight that this is a rebuild using a lot of rookies who have played a lot of games in the last two years. I'm hoping that the rotation of players from Binghamton continues including goaltenders. IF this team makes the playoffs it's a bonus but I watch every game to be entertained and other than a couple of stinkers it's been a good season so far.
2 years ago on The Ottawa Senators Goaltending Carousel Continues To Spin | March