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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
From his first awkward moments as the team’s 18th captain to the brutal, bone-headed pinch on the first shift of his last game with the Leafs, Dion Phaneuf never had a chance.
Polarizing from the beginning of his captaincy, he never had a chance to live up to the great expectations Brian Burke and Ron Wilson heaped on him when they put the “C” on his sweater.
He never had a chance to win over a fan base desperate for a winner and strong leader when at the time he was a player who was tentative as a leader and tentative on the ice.
And finally, he never had a chance to live up to the big contract former general manager Dave Nonis “rewarded” him, a deal that became a burden to Toronto president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Lou Lamoriello.
added 11:11am, And there it is.
added 11:12am, headline changed to reflect trade.
added 11:15am, Ottawa press release is below...
added 11:27am, Toronto release is below too...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The faithful came to see Connor McDavid at the Canadian Tire Centre.
They exited the building wondering if maybe the Senators should try to win the lottery because the dream of making the playoffs is far from reality.
While the Edmonton Oilers’ young star didn’t disappoint with a pair of assists in his second game back after missing 37 games with a broken clavicle, the Senators embarrassed themselves with their fifth loss in six games — a disgraceful 7-2 defeat Thursday night in front of 18,564.
And, that resulted in a 10-minute players only closed-door meeting and though they look like they’re coming apart at the seams the message was not to let that happen.
“Stick together,” said winger Zack Smith. “We’re still confident in this group. The main focus right now is not to feel sorry for ourselves.
“Yeah, we got some bad bounces, but you have to work (to achieve better results), especially when you get in a rut like this. You have to work that much harder to get out. The main thing is to stick together. This is a good test when you go through something like this.”
Game highlights are below...
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
With the Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline fast approaching, Cowen's name has been mentioned more than anyone on the Senators as a player who may be shipped off by general manager Bryan Murray. The defenceman admitted that being a healthy scratch Thursday could make a trade this month a reality.
“I'm aware of it, obviously, so if it happens, it happens. I'm not playing today, so obviously it makes it more realistic,” Cowen told TSN.ca. “I don't know, so we'll see.”
Cowen has tried his best to ignore any of the external talk surrounding his play. He says he hasn't read a single article or listened to the talk radio rumours about his future in Ottawa.
“I don't have to block it out because I don't listen to or read that stuff. If it's happening, I'm not paying attention to it,” he said.
While he hasn't paid attention to any of the rumours, Cowen was asked directly on Thursday about the theory that perhaps he needs a fresh start in a different city. There are many Senators fans who believe the ninth-overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft will never develop into an elite shutdown defenceman in this market because of the constant negativity swirling around him.
So would a fresh start with a new team be beneficial to Cowen?
“Maybe, I don't know. My job is to stay here and be as good as I can be for Ottawa,” Cowen said. “Who knows if they're right or wrong, because I don't know either. I've never been traded in my life, so we'll see.”
"I’m disappointed in some of those games that we’re losing by a goal. They’ll come back to haunt us and I’ve done it several times in the last decade where we all sit on the final weekend and we’re watching other games (to see if you get into the playoffs).
“You don’t want to watch other games. You want to be in (the post-season) and enjoying the last few games. I don’t want to be sitting there sweating. You don’t want to go down to the the final weekend. You want to be in by five or six (points) so you can play some of the young kids while you’re in.”
-Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators. More from Melnyk by Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
The puppy will of coure be named 'Bobby'.
Sens won the game 3-0.
First up, Erik Gudbranson on Teuvo Teravainen...
Below, Erik Karlsson on Nick Leddy...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The losses, the injuries and the frustrations are piling up on the Senators.
Where will it stop? Nobody knows.
The Senators were looking for redemption for an ugly 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday as they returned to the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. While they were better, they weren’t nearly good enough in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders to open a three-game homestand in front of 18,305.
A frustrated Bobby Ryan called this loss and the way the Senators are playing “embarrassing” after they surrendered three goals in the third. Is it tough to play 60 minutes, he was asked?
“It shouldn’t be. It’s your job to go out and do it for 60 minutes,” said Ryan. “We had problems in the third period all over the ice from everybody. Guys that simply don’t want the puck, guys that simply won’t hunt the puck down and when you’re not buying into the system, it’s going to take its toll.
“That’s exactly what (happened) in the third period. They did everything right and we did everything wrong to compound the issue. It’s embarrassing.”
And, if that wasn’t enough, already without centre Kyle Turris — likely until after next week’s NHL all-star break — they lost winger Milan Michalek for a second time this season after he broke a hand blocking a shot in the second period. It’s the same one that forced him to miss 16 games last month.
Watch the game highlights below...
via Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators lost their leading goal scorer 5:40 into the second period when Hoffman violently flew into the goal post after breaking to the net with a Mark Stone pass. Hoffman lost his helmet with the impact, but it appeared the his shoulder or collarbone took the brunt of the scary collision.
Hoffman suffered not one but two collarbone injuries in the 2012-13 season.
Coach Dave Cameron could provide no updates after the game, and with the Senators spending Tuesday on a flight to New Jersey, none are expected until Wednesday.
The San Jose Sharks challenge a penalty shot goal (actually it was reviewed in the situation room) by the Ottawa Senators.
The Sens won 4-3 in a SO.
Final horn sounds, Sabres and Coyotes exchange pleasantries plus the bad goal of the night are below...
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