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Video- Brian Burke On The Coaching Search In Ottawa And Team Play With An Empty Net

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Brian Burke talks about the Ottawa Senators coaching candidates, their prospect pool and how teams should play when there is an empty net.

 

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Report- Patrick Roy Will Be Interviewing For The Coaching Job In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Talk in league circles Saturday was that legendary NHL goaltender Patrick Roy is expected to be the final interview by Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion in a thorough search for the vacant post behind the bench.

It’s believed the Senators could speak to the 53-year-old Roy next week to discuss the possibility of being a full-time replacement for Guy Boucher, who was fired by the club on March 1. That would make Roy the mystery seventh candidate for the job, with six interviews already completed.

Roy also has a good relationship with Ottawa assistant GM Peter MacTavish, a former agent, who has been conducting the interviews with Dorion.

While Roy is best known for his Hall-of-Fame career with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, he has paid his dues as a coach and has had success.

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Afternoon Line- Pierre Dorion

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The Colorado Avalanche Are Loaded For The 2019 NHL Draft

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Tuesday’s NHL draft lottery in Toronto is bound to irritate Avalanche fans throughout North America if they don’t take the right approach. Which is, hope for the best (No. 1 pick) but prepare for the worst (No. 4).

The worst isn’t that bad. No other team in the 31-team in the league is guaranteed to go into the June draft with a top-four pick.

It’s just how it works. The Avs, who own the best chance at the No. 1 pick because they own Ottawa’s first-round pick — and the Senators finished with the NHL’s fewest points — have a league-best 18.5 percent chance at the first pick. Their percentages of 16.5 for the second pick, 14.4 for the third and 50.6 for the fourth also are league-highs.

The latter percentage is Colorado’s biggest because it ensures the Avs won’t move further down from fourth. No team can move down more than four spots. Back when the league featured 30 teams, the 30th-place team couldn’t move further than two spots down. Now it’s four....

Colorado has a glorious 2019 draft portfolio, which also includes its own first-, second- and third- round picks, and Ottawa’s third-rounder. That’s five picks in the first three rounds — indeed an impressive collection that Avalanche GM Joe Sakic and his staff corralled in part from the 2017 trade of Matt Duchene to Ottawa.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Stumble Again

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

A road trip for naught.

As was the case two weeks ago, the Canadian Tire Centre was awash in enemy blue. A chance for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs to pile into a friend’s car, score some cheaper tickets and watch their team officially clinch a playoff berth on rival ice.

But, as was the case two weeks ago, it was the bottom-feeding, rebuilding Ottawa Senators who left with the two points, handing their provincial partners a 4-2 loss.

"We did a good job of taking the crowd out of it," deadpanned Sens goaltender Craig Anderson, who was fantastic in the home victory.

Is that something you guys joke about?

"No," Anderson replied.

The Maple Leafs’ mediocre play of late is no laughing matter, either.

Destined to kick off the post-season in Boston in under two weeks, Toronto has fumbled through a 4-5-3 showing in its past dozen outings.

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A Bad Game For The Buffalo Sabres

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

When the Buffalo Sabres were on the verge of taking over first place in the NHL, their fans inside KeyBank Center chanted, "We want 10."

The four months since that remarkable 10-game winning streak have included coach Phil Housley calling the Sabres' play soft, team leaders questioning pride within the locker room and all involved growing disgusted with their lack of consistency.

Another call for change was made after what Jack Eichel called an "embarrassing" performance Tuesday night in Canadian Tire Centre. The Sabres were shut out, 4-0, by the last-place Ottawa Senators, who fired their coach less than one month earlier and are regarded as one of the most dysfunctional franchises in professional sports.

Perhaps more troubling than the result, Buffalo (31-36-9) has the fewest points in the NHL since it sat atop the league's standings on Nov. 28, and it became the first team to lose 13 consecutive road games since the 1993-94 Winnipeg Jets.

"For whatever reason, the last couple months, the inconsistency has been a consistent thing," Kyle Okposo lamented. "I think that with the effort piece, in the last month it’s been too much up and down for my liking. I think before that it was really good. We just have to have better respect for the game and we have to have more accountability. We have to have more accountability."

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Video- Brian Burke On Eugene Melnyk And The Ottawa Senators

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The Hockey Central at Noon panel discuss the consistently problematic actions of Eugene Melnyk.

 

 

Melnyk made a radio appearance today and again made some controversial comments...

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Video- Jean-Gabriel Pageau Suspended one Game

Boarding.

 

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Video- Jean-Gabriel Pageau Will Be Talking With DoPS Today

 

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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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