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from Craig Medaglia of OttawaSenators.com,
Senators GM Pierre Dorion met with the media this morning to provide some injury updates and announced that Clarke MacArthur will not play this season.
MacArthur has been battling post-concussion symptoms for the better part of two years now and all indications up until today was that he was nearing a return to action this season. MacArtur was sidelined back in training camp during team scrimmage but was able to return to full contact practices in December.
"Clarke is devastated by this news," Dorion relayed to the media this morning. "He felt he didn't have any symptoms but I think in the long-term of this process we always said that the doctors would decide if Clarke was going to play."...
With MacArthur not an option to return this season Dorion has shifted his focus and is looking to acquire some forward depth at some point during the second half of the season. The Sens currently find themselves in second place in the Atlantic Division as they push for a return to the post-season.
"Right now the asking prices are ridiculous for rentals and for non-rentals," Dorion continued....
Some good news from this morning's media availability, it looks like Craig Anderson could return to the team later this month or in early February. Anderson took a personal leave back in December in order to be with his family while his wife Nicholle underwent cancer treatment. Dorion also expects that when Anderson's return to the team happens, it would be a permanent one.
a bit more
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
If Bobby Ryan was injured, it would have been stated as the reason he did not play against the Capitals on Saturday.
That’s how Guy Boucher works.
If Ryan was late for another meeting or broke a team rule and being disciplined, Boucher would have made no secret about that, either. He didn’t before.
If it was a family issue, or something else unrelated to hockey, Boucher would have said it was “personal matter” and asked that we respect Ryan’s privacy. That would have been that.
Instead, Boucher allowed the situation to escalate by adamantly refusing to speak about it. Whatever the reason for Ryan’s absence from the lineup — this is being typed before Sunday’s game ends, after which the player himself might speak — it only became a big deal because the coach allowed it to happen.
Highlights of Daniel Alfredsson's sweater retirement ceremony.
added 9:52pm, Watch the full ceremony below...
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Since retiring as a player, Daniel Alfredsson has experienced a run of salutations.
He now has the key to the city, membership in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, among his credentials.
On Thursday, Alfredsson will watch his No. 11 Ottawa Senators jersey be raised to the rafters at the Canadian Tire Centre, prior to a game between the Senators and Red Wings. The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Puck drop is 8:08 p.m. After the jersey retirement, there won’t be much left by way of honours, except this big one: Entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
While Alfredsson doesn’t have the slam-dunk numbers of Teemu Selanne, also eligible for Hall consideration next year, the elegant Swede has amassed a compelling argument over an 18-year NHL career, 17 of them in Ottawa where he served as captain for 13 seasons. He finished his final NHL season as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2013-14 before signing a one-day contract with Ottawa to officially end his career as a member of the Senators.
A glimpse at Alfredsson’s case:
BY THE NUMBERS
In 1,246 NHL games, Alfredsson was close to a point-per-game player with 444 goals and 713 assists for 1,157 points. Alfredsson had two 40-goal seasons (43, 40), one 100-point season (103 in 2005-06) and 13 times he scored 20 or more goals in a season. He added 100 playoff points (51 goals) in 124 post-season games.
Cody Eakin gets four games for his hit on Henrik Lundqvist...
Mike Hoffman gets two game for a cross-check on Logan Couture...
If you missed the hit earlier today, watch it here.
Not the best view but so far the best we have....
Below, watch Erik Karlsson on the incident along with another video of the play and added Mike Hoffman cross-check on Logan Couture.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
A major, make-or-break “neuro-psych” exam awaits Ottawa Senators left winger Clarke MacArthur in his concussion recovery.
“I’ve never done this before,” MacArthur told Postmedia before the Senators returned home from their four-game road trip Monday.
“It’s like a full-body (test), where you are doing physical tests, not just a pen and paper (concussion test). I will be active, wearing the workout gear. They will be judging reaction time, testing certain things. That will give me a full-body baseline, instead of just a ‘neuro’ baseline.”
MacArthur, who suffered his fourth concussion in 18 months when hit by Senators prospect Patrick Sieloff in the club’s first intrasquad scrimmage at training camp in September, hasn’t played an NHL game since October, 2015.
But he has made steady improvements in his latest recovery and still has his eyes set on returning to the Senators lineup in January.
Sorry for the delay, thank you Comcast outage...
Both Jamie Oleksiak and Mark Borowiecki were suspended today for two games each.
Oleksiak video first and Borowiecki video is below...
Mark Borowiecki will also have a hearing today for this hit on Tyler Toffoli.
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