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With Ceci waiting in the wings, one of either Gryba or Weircoch could be made available in exchange for a young forward who could skate and provide some depth in our top six/top nine. Could be a win/win for both clubs...
1 month, 1 week ago on Rumour Has Florida And Ottawa Talking Trade
From all of his writing, it appears as if Ian has a young family, so this is obviously a great move for him personally. It's also a great move for listeners here in Ottawa, as that station gains a very smart, talented broadcaster.
2 months, 1 week ago on Ian Mendes Leaving Rogers Sportsnet?
I'll admit my bias up front - I am not a fan of casinos. I think they are a complete mirage in terms of economic development, adding very little to a community except for a host of social problems. About 90% of casino patrons earn 50k or less, which rather bursts the bubble on this notion of James Bond like characters coming to gamble away big money. Another hard fact is that all four of OLG's large casinos are losing money right now, so why it is that people think an Ottawa casino is going to be a big money maker is a mystery.
My take is that this is just the latest episode of a Senators owner trying to develop that land around the arena into more than what it is currently. Eugene tried to get the new stadium located out there, and failed. (Had he been smart enough to include CFL football in his proposal, he might have won that one.) Before then, of course, you had the original Bruce Firestone vision for the property, complete with a hotel, shopping, etc.
What happened yesterday is very typical of what happens when proud, fiercely independent business people come up against the political process. Self made men like Eugene Melnyk are used to getting their own way. (This is why he will never have an equity partner with the Senators - he doesn't want to have to answer to a partner, and any partner knows that it would be Eugene calling the shots.) The political process is about give and take, compromise, and reading the prevailing winds, all skills that Eugene utterly lacks. Eugene needs to hire some people with political acumen and then actually listen to them, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for that to happen. He believes that he is his own best advisor.
Finally, pay no attention to how much money he claims the team is making, or losing. No one in business ever publicly tells the truth about that, so this hardly makes Eugene unique. You will know he is in financial trouble the day the "for sale" sign goes up on the team and building. Until then, you can safely assume that he is making money and having fun, even if he is frustrated at his inability to create greater value in his arena investment.
5 months ago on Melnyk Can't Keep His Story Straight
I fail to understand why fans are all butthurt over this. Naming rights for various buildings across North America range from the lame to the ridiculous. (Jobing.com arena, anyone?) This is just garden variety lame. We'll all get over it soon enough.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Scotiabank Place Becomes the Canadian Tire Centre
In this shortened, compressed season, depth will be a huge issue for every club. As soon as a team runs into trouble in goal, be it through poor play or injury, Bryan Murray is going to be a very popular guy. The object of the exercise is to turn Bishop, or possibly even Anderson, into some strong, tangible building blocks for the future. To me, that is a first rounder and a solid prospect, or an impact roster player on a friendly contract plus a prospect.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Lehner Survives the Latest Round of Roster Cuts
Why all the hate for Redden? As a stop gap solution earning league minimum, he would be a worthwhile risk. He's certainly a better option than Campoli, and he doesn't cost us an asset in a trade. Apparently he played quite well in the AHL.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Sens Looking At D Options; Reddenâs Corpse Not Included
Bob MacKenzie is reporting that it may be a season ender. Yikes. Presuming we actually have an NHL season (I am banking on a 60 game season, starting in early December) this really stings...
1 year ago on Breaking: Jared Cowen
I'm sure the Dominator was in great shape for a 47 year old dude, but he was still 47, and Father Time gets us all in the end. I know Erin Nicks was all charged up for a Dominator comeback, but that was probably just for the epic interviews, now that Bryzgalov is less chatty than he once was.
1 year, 1 month ago on Hasek Retires For Third Time And Revisionism Ensues
Coaching in NCAA is a nice gig - pay and benefits are very good, the season is relatively short, and you get to do some real teaching. For a coaching lifer and purist like Kleinendorst, going the NCAA route is vastly superior to riding the bus in the "A". Red Berenson is going on, what, 30 years now at Michigan?
1 year, 2 months ago on Kurt Kleinendorst Introduced as the New Head Coach of the UAH Hockey Team | September
It's worth noting that Jared Cowen struggled mightily at the World Juniors as an 18 year old, with symptoms even more pronounced that the ones we are hearing about Ceci.
1 year, 3 months ago on Ceci Scratched For Final CAN-RUS Game | December
Brennan writes for a tabloid, so his job is create drama and controversy. Tim Baines freely admitted as much to me when he said that he would love the Senators to acquire Tim Thomas, for no other reason than the fact that he would make it easy to fill newspaper space. That's why the media loves chatty, controversial coaches and players - plenty of low hanging fruit for stories.
Brennan himself knows that the cap floor is certain to fall significantly in any new CBA. If pressed on this point, he would offer up some lame excuse along the lines of, "You don't know that for sure, the Senators have to be prepared to play under the old CBA, blah blah blah." Deep down, though, he himself knows that what he wrote is a huge stretch, which is why it is hard to take Brennan, or his publication, very seriously.
As for Carkner, how many times is the Sun going to go back to the well on this story? God, only in Canada could a decision not to re-sign an aging, immobile seventh defenceman with a bad knee be a subject of debate. The question should be, what were the Islanders doing bidding against themselves for Carkner's services? Teams need to constantly get younger and faster in this League, and hopefully cheaper - a failure to do so can be catastrophic. (See Maple Leafs, Toronto, and Flames, Calgary). Moving on from guys like Carkner and Konopka is critical to the long term growth of the team. If they didn't dump those guys, the story mid-season would have been, "Senators missed their window to improve by holding onto aging players for reasons of nostalgia."
1 year, 4 months ago on Headaches and Head Shakes | August
The team just can't give out "thanks for being a great guy" contracts. With Carkner's age, skill set, and injury history, a one year deal is all the Senators can reasonably offer. He struggles against speed, and the coaching staff has to watch his matchups like a hawk. If someone else is willing to give him two years, God bless him, and I don't blame him in the least for trying. The Chris Neil comparison is a good one - Neil tested the market, which was his right, and ended up back in Ottawa when no one backed up the armored truck for him. It wouldn't be at all surprising if Carkner ended up back here also as the 6/7 defenceman on a one year deal.
1 year, 5 months ago on Wednesay Night Senators News and Notes | June
@slavitch @silversevensens True - if in fact they decide that Ceci isn't ready for the NHL this Fall, the setup with the 67's at SBP is perfect. Further good news is that Ceci is a late 1993 birthday, so for 2013-14, he can play in the American League if need be. Somehow, though, I don't think he will ever play any more than a handful of games in the "A" in his career.
1 year, 5 months ago on Ceci's a 'garbage pick' | June
Another random thought - doesn't he look a bit like a young Eric Lindros? Not as broadly built, of course, but the similarities are there. In another similarity to Lindros, Ceci's father was a very good football player, leading Guelph to a Vanier Cup in 1984. (Carl Lindros played football for Western.)
I love how the internet is written in ink. :-) Brennan will never live that one down - it was even more demonstrably stupid than, "Malkin to the Kings".
The fact that Ceci was still available at 15 is unreal. It seems odd, as the conventional wisdom was that he had shot up the draft board in the second half of the season, and was a consensus top ten pick. When you look at the kid's size and skill package, I think it is pretty much a lead pipe cinch that he will be an NHL regular. What kind of NHL regular isn't known yet, of course, but it's worth noting that historically, about half of first round picks will NOT sign a significant second NHL contract. (Significant being defined as a multi-year, one-way deal.) I would be curious to check out how many OHL defencemen averaging 30 minutes a night as a 17/18 year old didn't go on to good, solid NHL careers.
Here's my only red flag on Ceci - I can see a scenario where he goes to camp, does well, but gets returned to the 67s at the last minute. Often in that scenario, a kid goes back to junior, sulks a bit, and takes a step backward. If he is close at all, I would rather have him with the big club, playing limited minutes, as opposed to returning to Junior where he really has nothing left to prove. It's too bad we can't send him to the AHL, but barring a change in the CBA, it's NHL or OHL, and I can't see how he develops much more playing against other teenagers.
First off, this is not a shock - you could see this coming when Kleinendorst didn't come to Ottawa to work with the Black Aces in the first round. Secondly, I don't get all the wailing and moaning here. The reality is that AHL coaching jobs are pretty nomadic positions. If you are unsuccessful, you get fired, and if you are ambitious, you move on quickly. Either way, you probably aren't in one city long enough to hang pictures on the walls. Steve Stirling will take over, and the band will play on.
1 year, 7 months ago on Kurt Kleinendorst Not Returning to Coach Binghamton | May
Your last paragraph is chillingly accurate - our depth on the blueline is suddenly thin with the departure of Rundblad. The FA market is thin, as it increasingly is - GMs are very good these days about locking up their core assets prior to July 1. I can see the Sens looking to extend Kuba is the price is right. Depending on how he plays, Gilroy might get offered a new deal also. I can't see Carkner staying - he just doesn't skate well enough to be an NHL regular anymore. In the meantime, it is a lead pipe cinch that the Sens will draft a defenceman first overall to begin re-stocking the pipeline.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thoughts on the Trade Deadline: Brian Lee Dealt for Matt Gilroy | February
HockeyPlayoffRunSensFanPalladiumDirt You never know about the "money losing" part - Melnyk claims he can't make a profit unless they hit the second round, but I'm skeptical of that.
Still, Eugene is a fan too, and he would like to see some playoff hockey. Like me, he is probably looking at what happened in 2010, when #7 met #8 for the Eastern Conference title and is saying, "Why not us?" Once you have a ticket to the dance, anything can happen. I'm not advocating mortgaging the future for this year - in fact, I think sitting pat is the best course of action. Most trade deadline acquisitions are expensive busts. I just don't want to sell off assets for low draft picks when, in fact, we are holding a Golden Wonka ticket right now. If we were 12th, yes, by all means, sell off Kuba and Gonchar. We're not, though - we're a few points out of 2nd in the East, and we have a chance for a nice surprise season. Let's not screw up our chance to watch meaningful games in April, or even May.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Eugene Melnyk Radio Tour Carries On | February
You have to keep in mind that winning a round in the playoffs is huge financially. Turning Kuba and/or Gonchar into picks right now would hurt the club's ability to make the playoffs, or win a round once they get there. Home playoff games are worth something like $1 million to $2 million a night in pure profit, and they help sell season tickets for next year. It is due to these factors that Murray can't be all about building for 2014 - there is a balancing act between that, and winning some games right now to keep the owner and the fans fed and happy.
Remember when everyone ripped the Penguins for giving up on Angelo Esposito? As fans, I think we vastly overestimate our own prospects, and even scouts on other teams are inclined to be generous when they project where a guy will end up as a player. I say all this because someone is going to package up a bunch of picks and prospects for Rick Nash, and Columbus may well end up with nothing to show for it if the prospects don't pan out. In the meantime, the team getting Nash is going to get a good 2-3 years out of a premiere power forward. I wouldn't let Scott Howson order chinese food, let alone run an NHL franchise, so there's a chance he gets fleeced big time in the next two weeks...
1 year, 9 months ago on Bob McKenzie Discusses Ottawa Senators Trade Situation | February