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Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 10.
from Sun Media,
Senators goalie Ray Emery thinks he’s being unfairly targeted by local police.
On Friday night Emery got into a verbal confrontation with a cop after he was pulled over in his Hummer.
Police sources say Emery was “aggressive” with the officer, who pulled the goalie over after he allegedly cut off the cruiser.
Emery, however, said it was the cop who cut across three lanes to get to him.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN that Ottawa Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray met with veteran defenseman Wade Redden Friday morning about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause.
According to the source, the request was made following an inquiry from the San Jose Sharks into Redden’s availability.
As he has in the past, Redden turned down the request as he remains committed to the Senators’ quest to win a Stanley Cup.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
If fans of the Ottawa Senators are worried about their favourite team, owner Eugene Melnyk isn’t.
In fact, he’s boldly predicting that the team’s season is not going to end until mid-June, with another shot at the Stanley Cup.
“Don’t get the BBQ out till mid June,” he said in an e-mail Wednesday. “It is going to be a great run. Mark that.”
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.
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