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The Ottawa Senators should get some much needed help up front on Thursday, as winger Dany Heatley is expected to return to the lineup against the Florida Panthers after spending four weeks on the injured list with a separated shoulder.
“I feel pretty good,” Heatley said after skating Wednesday. “We’ll see how it is when I wake up tomorrow. It’s been feeling really good all along, so we’ll see tomorrow.”
Coach John Paddock was optimistic that Heatley would be ready for Thursday.
“I’d say he’s probable,” Paddock said. “I don’t think he’s going to be at 100 percent until tomorrow, but he’s feeling comfortable, so probable to likely is the impression he gave me.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
It’s believed Murray has held talks with the Kings, Lightning and Coyotes to see who they will make available if they become sellers once the deadline arrives.
But with the Senators struggling, teams are trying to squeeze Murray for more, which means if Ottawa makes a deal, it might be forced to overpay.
The Senators might be willing to dangle prospects Brian Lee, Ilja Zubov and Nick Foligno as part of a deal.
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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
Aside from losing to an arch-rival, what infuriates Sens head coach John Paddock are the turnovers by forwards and defencemen that are ending up behind whichever goaltender he has in there.
Whether it’s the sloppy weather or the sloppy play, everyone is in a lousy mood, not just the Sens players who reacted badly to seeing cameras in their faces Monday morning.
Fans are grumpy about a goaltending tandem of Emery and Martin Gerber that isn’t working out, even if the goalies are hardly to blame for the disjointed play in front of them.
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
But with Gerber now mired in a mid-season funk, the Senators have no one else with big-game experience to turn to except Emery.
Forget about shopping him for a replacement, as the salary cap makes most GMs less willing to gamble on a problematic goalie with two years and almost $7 million remaining on his current contract.
Besides, there’s really no one available from other teams who’d be a suitable replacement.
more and other NHL rumor talk too…
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Meanwhile, Senators fans should find nothing funny about the team’s passive play of late, especially Saturday night. Both the coach and Mike Fisher, he of unquestioned character and leadership qualities, pointed out the lack of determination, grit and desire against a team led by guys named Boyd Devereaux, Robbie Earl, Dominic Moore, Jiri Tlusty and Matt Stajan.
The Senators should be ashamed of themselves.
Where is the passion? Where are “the balls,” as Paddock wondered yesterday?
Did you see the way the Montreal Canadiens battled in defeat yesterday?
The Senators aren’t showing nearly enough of that jam.
from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,
Your Senators are sitting in first place and have not lost a single meaningful game this season. Who cares about Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs? That rivalry now has as much intensity a mid-November meeting between Columbus and Carolina.
Four losses in four games to the Capitals? If it happened in April, I’d be really concerned. But when it happens in January, you have to admit it’s slightly humorous from a media person’s perspective.
Losses to these inferior teams are the sign that Stanley Cup hangover has officially hit the Ottawa Senators.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Sticking with his win-and-you’re-in policy, Ottawa Senators coach John Paddock will give Ray Emery the chance he’s looking for Saturday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, a pressure cooker if there ever was one.
Martin Gerber, who has played and won the last two games, took the fall for Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, even if Paddock was far more critical of Jason Spezza for his giveaways than his goaltender.
From Damien Cox at ESPN,
Well, the Senators haven’t been looking so much like those old Montreal teams of late. In fact, suddenly this season’s Habs are bearing down on Ottawa in the Northeast Division, largely because recent losses to teams like Washington and Florida have contributed to a mediocre 7-6-0 record in January.
Even ESPN hockey guru Barry Melrose has abandoned the Sens, now suggesting that Montreal will win the East. Murray chuckled when asked if his team’s confidence has been shaken by its recent struggles.
“Our confidence is really good,” he said. “But our dedication to checking is really shaky.”
The Ottawa Senators may be without the services of Daniel Alfredsson for Thursday’s game against Boston, as the captain is day-to-day with a hip injury.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
If Senators general manager Bryan Murray has had his fill of Emery and is already making inquiries about a trade for another goalie, he should zero in on the Atlanta Thrashers and offer general manager and interim coach Don Waddell a package, which would include Emery, to primarily secure the guy who was sent to Atlanta 21/2 years ago for Dany Heatley: Marian Hossa.
Sure, this might be the biggest fantasy or pie-in-the-sky scenario of the year. Yet speculation is rife about a Hossa trade because talks to get the player, who becomes an unrestricted free agent come June, re-signed to a multi-year contract aren’t going smoothly. Hossa, one of the best two-way players in the game, was a favourite in Ottawa before former general manager John Muckler pulled the rug from under him.
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