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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There were whispers reported earlier this week from a credible news outlet in Edmonton that this indeed would be that year, just as there were reports last season out of Boston that Sather would relinquish his day-to-day duties as Rangers GM while retaining his post as club president.
Someday, the story will be true. But not this time. Not, at least, according to an individual who ought to know.
“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”///
It is beginning to look like Daniel Alfredsson’s defection to Detroit has had a similar impact on the Senators as Mark Messier’s escape to Vancouver had on the Rangers in 1997, leaving a club behind and adrift without its leader.
The Senators are the league’s most disappointing team. The toughness, edge and swagger that complemented the club’s talent are gone. Ottawa has become just another easy team to play against — almost a welcome respite for an opponent.
By the way, one year remains on the contracts of both Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan in advance of 2016 unrestricted free agency.
more on Sather plus what is going on in Carolina...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Facing a must-win, the Senators fell flat on their face Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Big game. Bigger disappointment. A total disgrace in front of 17,326.
The Senators vowed they wouldn’t go down without a fight for a spot in the post-season, but that was hardly the case in an embarrassing 8-4 defeat to the New York Rangers....
“It’s embarrassing,” said captain Jason Spezza. “That was a must-win game for us. To give up eight is unacceptable. It’s been the same thing all year for us. (This) was a microcosm of a lot of things.”
from Chris Stevenson at the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators lost their minds after a series of controversial calls -- a goal called back, various interpretations of goaltender interference and the final indignity of Bouillon scoring after it looked like Senators goaltender Robin Lehner had the puck covered up.
“Four-on-four you have to create some offence when they use you,” said Bouillon, who scored his first goal of the season. “When I saw Davey Desharnais bring the puck to the goal and the puck was stuck there, I went down a little bit and I got pretty lucky the puck came right out to me.
“The puck was not covered up. It was kind of under a pad, but the goalie never had full control so it was a good call by the ref.”
Senators general manager Bryan Murray was still engaged in fighting the good fight with three of the on-ice officials, including referee Dean Morton, an hour after the game as the team's bus idled nearby.
Watch the frantic Montreal comeback below...
Ottawa vs. Montreal.
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said his team needed to work harder after a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night.
That they did on Friday, for 81 lung-busting minutes of practice in Calgary that featured special teams practice, breakouts and one battle drill that led to a fight between Jared Cowen and Chris Neil. They dropped the gloves and got a few punches in before teammates intervened.
“We need more of that,” MacLean said afterwards. “Preferably in games.”
Clarke MacArthur missed practice due to a hand injury suffered against the Flames that will be re-evaluated in Ottawa.
continue for lineup changes for the game in Winnipeg tomorrow...
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean after Ottawa's 4-1 loss to Calgary.
They just don't play hard enough....
With two days to go until Wednesday's 3pm et deadline, there's some trade speculation surrounding Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators.
Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that the team is 'quietly gauging interest' on the Senators captain, though Spezza has a limited no-trade clause and carries a large contract.
The news comes amidst other reports that the Senators have been been searching for a winger to play with him.
The 30-year-old centre has one year remaining on his current deal which pays him $4 million next season - but with a $7 million cap hit. The team signed him to a seven-year, $49 million contract in 2007.
VANCOUVER (March 2, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks at BC Place:
“We thank the Canucks and Senators for contributing to the terrific atmosphere at BC Place today and for providing such an entertaining conclusion to two historic months for the National Hockey League. While the weather outside prevented us from opening the roof at this outstanding stadium, the energy indoors from the more than 54,000 fans made for a memorable afternoon.
“Through the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the
2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, our teams and our players displayed the very best qualities of our sport to over 375,000 fans in-person and an international viewing audience of millions more. We thank our fans, our Clubs and our players for this “season like no other” and we look forward to an exciting run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”
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