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Erik Karlsson Returns To Ottawa Today

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

You better watch out, you better not cry

Better not pout, I’m telling you why

Erik Karlsson’s comin’ to town

The former Senators captain makes his first return to Canadian Tire Centre as a member of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon in what is expected to be the team’s third announced sellout in 15 games.

It is the most anticipated game of the season in Ottawa.

“It’s like the return of Jesus to me,” said Ben Milks, aka @brian5or6 and the biggest Karlsson fan in town. “It’s like when Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath and then came back. It’s like doing Dry November and then having that first cold pint December 1st. It’s like one night sleeping in a ditch, and then the next night slipping in The Ritz with room service ….”

You get the picture.

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The puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today.

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Fans Get Their Chance To Say Goodbye To Erik Karlsson

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

So the Senators determined that their situation with Karlsson had become untenable; that they reached the point of no return at some point during the bizarre odyssey that was the 2017-18 campaign. Finally, they traded Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks on the first day of training camp.

The reaction was predictable.

Fans vowed to stay away from the Canadian Tire Centre in droves. Sure enough, there has been a dip of about 2,000 fans on average at Sens home games this season.

That should change Saturday afternoon, when Karlsson returns to Ottawa for the first time as a member of the Sharks. If the building is not sold-out it should be close to capacity as many disenchanted fans circled this as their one must-see game of the season.

There were multiple false starts last season and so many trade rumours that never came to fruition that Ottawa fans never got a proper chance to say goodbye to Karlsson.

They never had a chance to properly say thanks for multiple Norris Trophy seasons and an extended playoff run in 2017 on a fractured foot that has reached iconic status in this market. Even the most ardent Alfredsson fan would have to concede that Karlsson is the greatest player to ever put on a Senators jersey.


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Another Bump In The Road For Eugene Melnyk And The Ottawa Senators

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Ottawans woke up Thursday morning to the coldest Nov. 22 in recorded history: -15.

As if the chill wasn’t already on as the National Capital Commission (NCC) met in an open board meeting to discuss where matters lie with the much-anticipated move downtown by the struggling, and seemingly cursed, Ottawa Senators.

To no one’s surprise, the conclusion was, as former Ottawa Citizen sports reporter Wayne Scanlan so adeptly put it, “…stalled, like an old car in frigid weather.”

The NCC, which controls the federal lands along the Ottawa River where the new rink was to be the centrepiece of a $3.5-billion residential and retail development, had demanded that the two key partners in the RendezVous LeBreton plan – Trinity Development Group and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk – have an agreed-upon master plan by November. When they failed to do so, they were given a week’s extension. They still have not come to the required agreement.

“We are disappointed,” said Mark Kristmanson, the NCC’s chief executive. “Our attempts through the fall … to reach a resolution with those partners have not borne fruit.”


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How Will The Ottawa Senators Handle The Return Of Mike Hoffman Tonight?

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

So far this season, the Senators have gone out of their way to acknowledge players who were traded away as part of the rebuilding process that started around the trade deadline last season. When the Los Angeles Kings visited town last month, both Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson were saluted with a ‘Welcome Back’ message on the big screen. 

But on Monday night, the Senators might have a conundrum on their hands as Mike Hoffman makes his first appearance at the Canadian Tire Centre wearing the colours of the Florida Panthers. 

The Hoffman-Senators divorce was one of the most awkward and messy departures between an athlete and NHL team in recent memory. Hoffman was caught in a situation that saw his long-time girlfriend, Monika Caryk, accused of orchestrating a cyberbullying attack on captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda. 

It was a salacious storyline, more fitting of a soap opera than an NHL dressing room. It became obvious the Senators needed to move on from either Hoffman and/or Karlsson – and in the end, both players were traded away. But there was a three-month window where Karlsson was still a member of the Senators after Hoffman was traded and it became clear the organization felt like Hoffman was the one who had to leave. 


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The Young Players For The Ottawa Senators Providing A Positive Influence

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

The question, a few days back, was specifically about whether Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher had seen an improvement in Thomas Chabot’s play without the puck.

The answer covered a lot more ground, providing an indication of how the young and dynamic club has managed to stay within breathing room of a playoff spot.

“We’re really pleased with (Chabot’s) development on both sides of the puck,” Boucher said. “He’s having to play against really good players on a consistent basis. If you look at (Max) Lajoie and him, they’re progressing really fast.

“We need that. That’s why we’re able to win games. Basically, right now, these kids are accelerating the normal process to a maximum. That’s as fast as I’ve seen players grow. Credit to them. They’re engaged. They’re paying attention to details.”

By ‘these kids’, Boucher was also including rookie forwards Colin White, Brady Tkachuk and — for the past two games — Drake Batherson.


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The Uber Driver Who Posted The Video Of The Ottawa Senators Says He Is Sorry

from the CP at Sportsnet,

An Uber driver who posted footage of Ottawa Senators players disparaging one of their coaches and their team’s performance says he is sorry for sharing the video and has destroyed a second, unpublished clip.

James Sparklin, an Arizona father of six, told The Canadian Press he has not spoken to the players — Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Thomas Chabot, Colin White, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo and Alex Formenton — featured in the footage he posted on YouTube, but received a thanks from a member of the team’s administration, when he reached out to offer apologies.

"I called the team…because I wanted to make sure they understood that I have destroyed the other tape. It will never ever see the light of day," he said, describing that video as showing the players entering his van and having a pre-ride discussion about the number of passengers. "I am extremely sorry for what happened and it is not right…I never meant harm on any of the players involved, the coaching staff involved, the owner involved, the town that was involved…I wasn’t thinking at all."

An Ottawa Senators spokesperson refuted Sparklin’s claim that he apologized, saying, "Based on our review, we have no reason to believe that any such conversation took place."


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Oh Ottawa


Link to the original story today which has been updted.

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Get Off My Plane

from the CP at the National Post,

The Ottawa Senators appeared to fire another salvo in their ongoing battle with the Ottawa Citizen on Friday, with the newspaper saying one of its sports reporters was denied access to the team’s charter.

The development came two days after the newspaper said it would not take down a secretly recorded video of several Senators players from an Uber vehicle in Arizona despite a legal notice insisting that leaving it online violates provincial privacy laws.

Hockey writer Ken Warren was expecting to take the team charter to cover the Senators’ game at Tampa Bay on Saturday but was denied access to the flight, Ottawa Citizen editor-in-chief Michelle Richardson said.

“I can confirm it happened this morning,” Richardson said. “For us, it doesn’t really change our fundamentals. We’re still committed to covering the Senators, both the good and the bad. Our coverage is important to our readers and to their fans and that’s not going to change.”


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Video- You Make The Call Ottawa/Vegas

Good goal, VGK win 5-3.


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Time To Move Matt Duchene And Chris Wideman

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As a pending unrestricted free agent, he was always going to be traded sometime this season. But after a video surfaced of Duchene and several Ottawa players trashing their assistant coach during an infamous Uber ride, the Senators can no longer wait until the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

Duchene, who was traded to Ottawa at this time last season, needs to go. The same applies to Chris Wideman, who is also in the final year of his contract and was one of the more vocal players in the Uber.

Yes, it’s normal for a group of players to badmouth the coaching staff when they think no one is actually listening. It happens. And it’s healthy. But the difference here is that this was made public. Everyone saw it.

The most troubling aspect of the video had nothing to do with what Duchene or Wideman said. It was that second-year defenceman Thomas Chabot was sitting in the middle listening to all of it and chiming in with his own comments.

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