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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
I got a 2-hour sermon on how Gerber is the greatest thing out of Switzerland since Roger Federer, and how Ottawa will trade Emery, get after another big-time scorer, and win the cup without breaking a sweat. (These, of course, are the same guys who would have traded Gerber for a Gatorade last season.)
They insist the “trade Emery” talk is serious water-cooler material in Ottawa (Assuming people actually still talk at water-coolers, which I highly doubt). If that’s the case, it’s time for a reality check.
From Allen Panzeri at CanWest News,
To get Sherwood-Drolet to keep making his sticks in Canada, Spezza had to play his trump card as a longtime, valuable customer. He has been using the company’s sticks since his final years in junior hockey, and he’s also featured on the company’s home page.
“I made it clear with them that, if I was going to continue using their sticks, I wanted to make sure they were still made in the same place they’ve been made for the last seven, eight years,” Spezza said on Monday.
Spezza goes through 300+ sticks a season. As mentioned recently, Sherwood will be discontinuing its production of wooden sticks in Quebec, and having them made in China and Estonia starting in January.
from the Blueshirts Blog at Newsday,
The papers haven’t been signed yet, but the Rangers are all but signed, sealed and delivered to Prague to open next season with a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
And that pair of games will only comprise half of the NHL’s season-opening plan for 2008-09. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are expected to open their season with two games in Stockholm.
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from the Toronto Star,
They are the games that get fans talking. The ones circled on the calendar as soon as the schedule comes out. The game that proves your team is – once and for all – better than your team’s bitter rival, until at least the two meet again.
Like when the Leafs face the Ottawa Senators in the Battle of Ontario or when Calgary faces their provincial rivals in Edmonton.
If you could pit one rivalry against another, which one would come out on top?
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From Chris Yzerman at CP via Yahoo,
The confidence of goaltender Martin Gerber is also sky high and, after a difficult first season in Canada’s capital, the 33-year-old has emerged as the surprise No. 1 netminder on the NHL’s hottest club out of the gate.
“I think we’ve had a good thing going since training camp started as a team and kept really building from it. Personally, I got my game back and feel more comfortable in there,” says the 33-year-old native of Burgdorf, Switzerland, who will be in goal Saturday when the Senators visit the Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET).
With a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, Gerber recorded his league-leading 12th victory of the season against just one defeat.
more… on Gerber’s career rebound
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Daniel Alfredsson may very well be the best all-around player in the NHL, but in collecting a salary of $4.338 million (all terms US), he’ll be just the fourth- highest-paid Senator this season….
“I’m not going to renegotiate my deal,” said Alfredsson, who shrugs at not being the highest-paid player in his dressing room. “That’s the way it goes. There’s a lot of facts that go into it. I signed before the lockout and took a 24% cut right away. I was part of the process, to do that deal. Both me and Billy Guerin thought about it, we both had just signed long-term deals ... you’re going to lose a lot of money ... and that’s a big part of it. You put another 24% more on my contract and it’s not a bad deal at all.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Ray Emery has been thrown another curveball in his attempt to earn more ice time in the Ottawa Senators’ net.
Emery, already in coach John Paddock’s doghouse for questionable work habits during practice, left the ice early yesterday because of back spasms that he said originated when he was playing baseball during an off-day on Sunday.
Emery says something happened when he bent over to throw pop-ups.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Spezza said he’s still experiencing some pain, which can’t be a good sign. At least he’s got another couple of days before he’ll have to make a decision on the Buffalo game.
“The groin was a little bit sore as practice got going, but (my) wind felt pretty good. If I can take a positive from it, it’s that my wind hasn’t really left me. It hasn’t been that long off so I don’t anticipate that being a problem.”
Senators coach John Paddock isn’t sold yet.
While encouraged to see Spezza make it through practice, he said skating in practice and skating in a game are two different animals.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
In an interesting self-observation a couple of minutes later, as we talked about Alfredsson playing the best hockey of his career at a time when many other players begin to wane, Alfredsson said he used to be his own worst critic, but had eased up. The philosophy he had come to adopt for himself was the message he gave his teammates Saturday.
“I might look back at a game and I might have played well, but I misread that play or I did that wrong,” said Alfredsson. “Where I’ve gotten better is I used to take that too hard, then try and make it up and try to do too much. I’m smarter now about how I play the game and that allows me to be more effective.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
A league source confirmed to the Sun last night that the Senators are negotiating with the NHL to open the season Oct. 4-5 at the Globen Arena in Stockholm.
Reports in Swedish newspapers yesterday indicated the club’s opponent would be Sidney Crosby’s Penguins, but negotiations are ongoing with the NHL.
While the Senators had been linked to a game in Prague, it’s believed the NHL has turned its focus to a Lightning-Rangers matchup because of the Czech connection with New York’s Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka.
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