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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
This is a good trade for Ottawa.
The Senators have added three Stanley Cups to their roster - two for Cory Stillman and one for Mike Commodore - and they have added a legitimate top six forward and a top four defenceman. If Stillman and Commodore play to their potential, the Senators are much improved. Stillman’s secondary scoring is particularly welcome.
The deal makes sense for Carolina because they get a good, young, but oft-injured, Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo will help the power play.
Earlier today Jason Spezza was named “First Star” for the week, after recording 11 points in three games, including a career-high six points against Montreal this past Saturday night. Jason is second on the Senators and fifth in overall National Hockey League scoring with 71 points on 23 goals and 48 assists.
Q. Jason, you guys, you and Alfredsson and Heatley back together again, obviously in that 6-1 win over Montreal, what was the feel that you three had? There was talk of possible rust. What was the feel that you guys had right away in that game?
JASON SPEZZA: Yeah, we had pretty good chemistry together, and we practiced the day before and practiced that morning together. You know, it’s a pretty natural fit for us. We’ve played together now for a couple years, so there’s not too much getting used to each other again. You put us in with same line mates, we read off each other pretty good. I think more than anything I was fired up because it was a big game, Alfie was fired up because he was coming back, and Heater was pretty excited because he just came back the night before, so it was pretty good circumstances for us to play well.
The Ottawa Senators have shuffled the deck in a big way by completing a four-player transaction with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sources say the Senators have acquired defenceman Mike Commodore and forward Cory Stillman in exchange for defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves.
added 2:45pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Stillman waived a no-trade clause to complete the deal.
added 2:58pm, via the Carolina Hurricanes,
“We’re pleased to acquire a very good, young player in Patrick, and address a need for a mobile defenseman who can move the puck on the power play like Joe,” said Rutherford. “We are very thankful to Cory and Mike as two great contributors to the Hurricanes, including during our Stanley Cup run of 2006.”
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.
read on for more NHL talk…
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.
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