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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
From a numerical point of view, 4,250 square feet of neutral-zone ice serves as an inviting corner office for entrepreneurial offensive players.
The Senators, however, do not like when opponents consider blue line-to-blue line working conditions to be ample, welcoming, or comfortable. Guy Boucher’s intention is to turn the neutral zone into a sweat shop. The demonstrative first-year Ottawa coach saves his biggest smiles for when opposing rushes melt into puddles in the middle of the rink.
“Between the two blue lines,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, “we can’t let that become a major obstacle for us.”
Boucher is a contrarian. For three years, he promoted a one-man forecheck in Tampa Bay. In 2010-11, one more win would have placed the Lightning instead of the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Boucher has since implemented his 1-3-1 system in Ottawa, where he replaced Dave Cameron.
"There’s a certain point in the season, as an owner, where you need to make a bet. You either bet for the team going into the playoffs and on further, as far as you can and, hopefully, to a Stanley Cup and, when you get there, everything is up in the air, you’re now in the Stanley Cup final and it’s got its own dynamic.
“Or, you bet against the team, and you say, ‘You know what, let’s save as much money as we can, we’re going to have revamp this team, that’s three of four years we’re not in the playoffs, we’ve got to change.’ I can’t fire anymore coaches, we’ve done enough of that, so then you’ve got really stick your hands into it and say, ‘Let’s go through every single player and see why this person is going to get us a Stanley Cup next year.’
“I made the bet for the team.”
-Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators. Bruce Garrioach at the Ottawa Citizen ha more from Melnyk.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Welcome back to the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa Senators.
With injured captain Erik Karlsson at home, the Senators secured a playoff berth with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins Thursday.
After the victory, a loud, boisterous cheer from the Senators dressing room echoed into the hallway at TD Banknorth Garden.
“It’s just a great feeling,” defenceman Dion Phaneuf said. “You could see when we got the point and knew we were in. We knew we had pushed through a lot of ups and downs this year. We found a way to stick to it. (Thursday) was a game that was textbook the style we’ve played all year.”
Well, textbook minus the club’s best player, the best defenceman in the NHL. And by securing a playoff spot, the Senators will be able to rest Karlsson until the playoffs begin.
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
An emotional MacArthur talked after the game last night.
Melnyk says he is sure the Methot issue is being taken up with the league this AM on TSN 1200
"You hammer these guys, you take away their money, and you say you know what you are done for 10 games," says Melnyk on incidents.
Melnyk doesn't name Crosby but "we all know who he is. The guy is a whiner beyond belief." Says no matter who it is he should be suspended
Missed the incident last night? Watch here.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 24, 2017) – The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The Avalanche and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, March 29.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Chris Schwarz has a dream job.
As the strength and conditioning coach of the Ottawa Senators, Schwarz helps keep world-class athletes such as Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone finely tuned.
Schwarz isn’t referring to those star players, nor is he citing recent flu virus issues in the NHL when he says: “I can’t tell you how we’re in trouble. It’s an epidemic.”
Schwarz is talking about the lack of athleticism among our youth, even including some elite hockey players who didn’t play other sports or freelance in the playgrounds as children. He offers this simple test for parents: “Ask your kid if he or she can somersault. See if they can play catch with both hands. Can they run backwards? Do those three things. I think most parents would be astonished that their kids can’t do it.”
Those same parents approach Schwarz at his Fitquest private strength training centre and ask him to “make my son skate fast.” Unfortunately, it’s a losing proposition if the child hasn’t first learned to run and play; to kick and throw a ball.
Surprisingly, in this era of the professional who trains year round, some very good hockey players have come through the system, only to hit a wall at a certain point because their hockey aspirations lacked a foundation.
from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottaw Citizen,
Asked by Postmedia if he would allow Karlsson to go to the Olympics — and the Senators’ star defenceman has never indicated publicly he would request permission to go — Melnyk put the hammer down right away.
“No, no, it would be no, a flat no,” Melnyk said. “I talked to (former Senators captain Daniel) Alfredsson about it and he understands the player would want to (attend), but I’m not going to risk that.”
Melnyk pointed to the 2005-06 season, when the Senators lost goaltender Dominik Hasek to a mysterious adductor injury after he was hurt while playing for the Czech Republic in the Turin Winter Olympics.
Hasek never returned to the net and the Senators lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Buffalo Sabres with Ray Emery in net.
“I had a Cup in 2006 parked for me and waiting for me,” Melnyk said. “We were arguing about whose name was going to go on the (Cup). We were there and what happens? Hasek. I’m not going to do that.
“Can you imagine if (Karlsson) goes and he gets a permanent injury? You know what I’m saying? That’s my view,” Melnyk said.
Nine months to go...
added 11:49am, NHL press release is below...
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