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Duff Not A Crazy Girlfriend

from Us Magazine,

Hilary Duff stands by her man!

The star said that she defends her boyfriend, New York Islander Mike Comrie, against the “intense fans” at his games.

“I like to sit in the audience, you know I don’t sit up in a box or anything, and people started to know that I’m sitting there, and they’ll be like ‘Mike sucks!’ Or [they] try to rile me up,” Duff told Rachael Ray on the set of her talk show. “And I’m like, ‘Hey, watch it! I’ll come up there, you know.’”

She added: “I try to not be that crazy girlfriend.”

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

Fisher And His Faith

from Jennifer Green of the Ottawa Citizen,

In seasons like this one, Mike Fisher thinks of the message he jots on his hockey sticks, the same one that helped him over an even tougher hurdle—success.

Inside the stick’s rubber grip, he has written Rom 12:12, referring to Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

“It’s just a verse that I’ve always liked ... ‘Be glad in all God’s planning for you’,”

Fisher said after the practice on Monday. “Sometimes, even this year, you go through struggles on the ice, and it’s just to keep things focused on God. Things seem to make a little more sense.”

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  Tags: mike+fisher

Ottawa UFA’s May Be Moved

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Filip Kuba has a no-trade clause in his deal, but he, Chris Neil and recently acquired Mike Comrie will be eligible to test the unrestricted free agent waters July 1. Murray will deal at least Kuba and Neil if he can’t get them to agree to contacts before the March 4 deadline.

At this point, it looks like they’re both as good as gone.

Asked specifically about the security of Jason Spezza, whose no-trade clause on his deal doesn’t kick in until next season, Murray said: “He’s our No. 1 centre. I’m not going to get into specific names. I don’t think that’s fair to the player, really, other than the guys that are unrestricted (free agents).”

A “he’s going nowhere” would have been so much simpler, if it was definitely the case.

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Senators Looking Out For The Future

from the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators haven’t quit on the season just yet, but general manager Bryan Murray won’t rule out selling off some of his assets before the trade deadline if it means giving the team a brighter outlook for next year.

‘‘We’re obviously not where we want to be going forward,’’ Murray said Monday while discussing the Senators’ plans for the March 4 deadline. ‘‘I hope to go do a couple of other things, whether it’s just add prospects or draft picks.’‘

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Comrie To Ottawa

via the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have acquired forward Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Chris Campoli.

added 4:51pm, The first the Islanders received was acquired by Ottawa from San Jose, so it will be a very low pick in the first round.

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  Tags: chris+campoli, dean+mcammond, mike+comrie

Sens Fans Starting To Dream

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Got your playoff tickets ordered yet?

(See, the media isn’t always negative!)

Don’t lie, yee citizens of Sens Nation.  I know you are doing the math.

“Let’s see, if we go 21-6, and Sabres go .500…and the Panthers trade Boumeester…and all the Hurricanes get mono…and the Rangers…umm…forfeit…hey we’re in!  And the way the Habbies are goin’, Heck, we might get home ice advantage still!”

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Neil May Be Moved If Extension Talks Fail

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray told Sun Media yesterday that he’s held talks with Neil’s agent, Todd Reynolds, about a contract extension, but the sides aren’t close to a deal and that could mean Murray will trade the 29-year-old Neil rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

“For both of our sakes I think it’s fair that we have an answer (by the trade deadline),” Murray said. “I mean, if we’re not close in dollars, then obviously we don’t want to lose players for nothing if we can help it.”

Neil, who is making $1.25 million (all terms US) this season, would not only be a valuable commodity on the open market, he’ll also be a huge asset at the deadline. It’s believed the Senators’ asking price will be at least a second-round draft pick and possibly a prospect.

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  Tags: chris+neil

Ottawa Blame Game

From TSN:

According to the Camden Courier-Post, [former coach John] Paddock feels general manager Bryan Murray should be in the crosshairs if Senators owner Eugene Melnyk hands out any more pink slips.

“I think now he’s next in line,” Paddock told the Courier-Post. “We were 14 games over .500 when I was fired. They’re seven under now. Somebody needs to take responsibility for that. Whether the coaches he hired and fired were good or not, they’re his players and they’re either not playing good or can’t play, one or the other.”

But Paddock, who is currently the head coach of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, doesn’t think coaching is the issue in the nation’s capital.

“The players are not very good, that’s the problem,” Paddock told the Courier-Post.

read on

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  Tags: bryan+murray, john+paddock

Mid-Season Coaching Changes

From Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated:

The Cory Clouston era kicked off in Ottawa this week.

The hope of the Senators and their fans is that the new coach, fresh up from Binghamton in the American Hockey League, will be the second coming of Bruce Boudreau, the veteran minor league coach who took over a foundering Capitals team and drove it to the Southeast Division championship on the final day of the 2007-08 regular season.

Not to be disparaging of an NHL newbie who was just getting his style unwrapped in the AHL, but I have a two-word view on that possibility: fat chance.

continued with a look at all the teams who’ve had coaching changes this season

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  Tags: cory+clouston

Senators Trade Options

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There will be a plenty of interest in winger Chris Neil and defenceman Filip Kuba, who are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

While Neil’s rugged style will appeal to a number of teams, Kuba has been the Senators’ top blueliner.

Sun Media has confirmed that the 31-year-old Kuba would have to approve any deal because he has a no-trade clause that he waived to come to Ottawa from the Lightning….

Ottawa will also get calls about the availibility of winger Antoine Vermette and defenceman Christoph Schubert, who have both been inconsistent this season.

Murray said he will consider trades for prospects and draft picks at the deadline.

“I was looking at our draft (record) from the last four or five years and they haven’t been great, but I feel good about last year. We have a chance to get a player or two out of each draft and that’s about all,” said Murray.

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