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The St. Louis Blues Shutout By The Ottawa Senators

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There are all sorts of ways teams can make it to the NHL playoffs, but at some point, you just have to take care of business.

That’s what the Blues’ game on Thursday with Ottawa was: A chance to take care of business. The Blues’ rise back into relevance may have been fostered by wins over teams like Tampa Bay and Nashville during their 11-game win streak, but when you’re presented with a team like Ottawa, which came into the game with the fewest points in the NHL and, after a trade-deadline fire sale was fielding a lineup that included two players making their NHL debuts, those are two points you can’t let get away.

But it’s anything but business as usual for the Blues right now, who with a collection of injuries to goalscorers have seen their offense shrivel up. Down Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron, two of their top three in goals, scoring continues to be the toughest of assignments and that showed up in a 2-0 loss to lowly Ottawa on Thursday at General Tire Centre.

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Afternoon Line- Gary Bettman On The Ottawa Senators And Eugene Melnyk

 

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Th Ottawa Senators Today

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

Only two Ottawa Senators players were waiting inside the club’s dressing room on Friday morning when the doors opened to the throng of media that had hurriedly assembled at Canadian Tire Centre in the wake of Guy Boucher’s sudden firing.  

In a way, it was fitting that Craig Anderson and Mark Borowiecki were left to speak with reporters. The remaining Senators veterans are feeling deserted and stranded by a series of seismic moves that sent shockwaves through the fan base.  

Within the past week, the club has traded three core players in Matt DucheneRyan Dzingel and Mark Stone – a trio that accounted for 41 per cent of the club’s goal scoring this season. On Wednesday, it was announced that the club’s vision for a new downtown arena at LeBreton Flats was officially dead. And then on Friday – seemingly without warning – the team announced it had parted ways with Boucher as its head coach.

The past seven days have sucked the life out of Ottawa Senators fans and it’s also taken its toll inside the dressing room. 

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Video- Oh Ottawa

 

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Guy Boucher Done In Ottawa, Marc Crawford Takes Over

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that head coach Guy Boucher has been relieved of his duties and Marc Crawford has been named interim head coach, effective immediately.

"I want to thank Guy for his three years of service. He is a good person and has been an excellent representative of the Senators. At this point, however, we need a different set of coaching and leadership skills to guide our team through this rebuild," said general manager Pierre Dorion. "In the interim, Marc will bring a different perspective along with a wealth of head coaching experience."

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Devastated In Ottawa

 

added 2:57pm, from the CP at Sportsnet,

While the Ottawa Senators have endured more than their fair share of negative headlines the past two years, the last week has been particularly rocky.

The latest blow came Wednesday when news broke that mediation to try to resolve a dispute over a proposed plan for a new downtown arena had failed.

After a relatively quiet stretch (at least compared to previous periods), the Senators’ on- and off-ice woes returned to the spotlight over the past week.

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Pierre Dorian On Erik Brannstrom

“The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is pretty good, we’ve acquired a lot of pieces … and the best piece we got is today. I can’t express to you how happy we are as a hockey group to get Erik Brannstrom.”

“Me, as a hockey guy, I’m elated about it. I know when I brush my teeth tonight when I go to bed, and I look at myself in the mirror, I’ll say, ‘that was a long day, but we did something good for the Ottawa Senators today.’

“I’m as convinced about that as I’m convinced about anything else.”

-Pierre Dorian, GM of the Ottawa Senators.  Wayne Scanlan of Sportsnet has more on Ottawa.

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Ottawa Trades Mark Stone To Vegas Golden Knights

TSN reporting done deal.

 

 

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added 5:04pm, VGK release is below.

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Looks Like Ryan Dzingel Is Headed To Columbus

 

added 7:57pm,

 

added 8:49pm, Ottawa release is below.

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The Best Ever Trade If Matt Duchene Returns To Ottawa

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Around noon on Friday – just after the Senators made the first of what’s certain to be at least three large trades prior to the deadline – former NHLer Marc Savard posted an interesting Tweet.

“(Matt) Duchene to Columbus, I called it last night,” wrote Savard, now a broadcaster working Maple Leafs games on the FAN590 in Toronto. “But watch for him to re-sign in Ottawa in the off-season.”...

When was the last time a UFA to-be was moved at the deadline so he could compete for a Stanley Cup, then moved himself back to the same team that had traded him? It’s probably happened, but Duchene was only with the Senators for 15 months. It’s not like he had a lot of time to develop a strong love of the nation’s capital. And now, with his choice of signing almost anywhere he wants come July, he’s going to pick the Senators? A team that has all but warned everyone its going to be near the bottom of the NHL standings for at least the next two years? A team that has all the off-ice problems this one does?...

Tell ya what … if Duchene’s grand plan is indeed to return to the Senators, then Pierre Dorion has just made the best trade in franchise history.

Scratch that .. one of the best trades in any franchise’s history.

Because that means he was able to get prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, plus the Blue Jackets (lottery protected) first round pick next spring …. for Juluis Bergman, a former second round pick who was most recently a Belleville Senators healthy scratch.

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