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via Don Brennan at the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray made light of the struggles of Mike Commodore yesterday, saying that while the big defenceman has brought much of what he was expected to bring to the table, the coach would like to see No. 44 improve his puck skills. “I’m going to loan him my stick,” said Murray. “I think the hands go with it.” Across the hall a few minutes later, Commodore was in no chuckling mood. “Fourteen games, no points, minus-6
more on the Sens…
New York/Prague—The dream of bringing NHL hockey to Prague, Czech Republic, became a reality today as Prague Mayor Pavel Bem hosted representatives from the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the National Hockey League at the city’s Old Town City Hall. The group officially announced that as part of “NHL Premiere 2008” the Rangers and Lightning will open the 2008-09 NHL regular season with two games against each other Oct. 4th and 5th at the newly-named O2 Arena in Prague.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will also open the 2008-09 regular season Oct. 4th and 5th in Europe, with two games in Stockholm, Sweden.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Now that it seems like the Ottawa Senators are going with Martin Gerber as their starting goaltender for the rest of the way this season, the best thing coach-GM Bryan Murray could do to keep his Stanley Cup hopes alive is demote Ray Emery to the American League as quickly as possible.
added 3:03pm, from TSN,
Ottawa’s ‘on again, off again’ No. 1 netminder expressed some remorse on Monday, shouldering some of the blame for Paddock’s dismissal.
“I was upset,” he told reporters on Monday. “I felt bad because I felt like I kind of affected someone else’s life or job or whatever. It’s a business and that stuff happens, he was a guy that I had as a coach for six years and was a big part of my pro hockey career.”
For Emery, that career has been one on hold recently.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Ray Emery might want to get used to his seat at the end of the Senators bench.
He might be there a while.
Nothing is official. Perhaps, at this point, GM/coach Bryan Murray doesn’t need to announce his choice. Martin Gerber has turned the corner. Now he just needs the rest of the Senators to follow.
Murray has tried to avoid getting involved in the raging goaltending controversy, but it’s clear that Gerber now has a stranglehold on the job.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While Alfredsson thought he was just going to miss a couple of days as a result of the cross-check from Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin, the Senators’ leading scorer just isn’t ready to return to the lineup.
“It’s doubtful (he’ll play tonight) as it feels now. It’s been going slower than I thought it would, which is very frustrating,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “I still have trouble moving freely. I experience pain when I try to move too quick or do stuff. It’s getting better, but not at the rate or speed I would like.”
Alfredsson plans to meet with Senators Dr. Don Chow either tomorrow or Monday in Ottawa.
“I thought it was spasms and it would be gone in a couple of days, but that hasn’t been the case,” said Alfredsson.
from the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
...They might not hang on to a playoff position.
“It’s the reality, there’s no question,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who will miss his third straight game tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Alfredsson is still bothered by muscle spasms in his lower back, the result of being cross-checked by Anaheim defenceman François Beauchemin on Monday.
“I think we will make the playoffs, but obviously it has been going on for quite a while where we haven’t played as consistently well as we can as a team.
“It’s a possibility [we could miss the playoffs], but I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about.”
From Hugh Adami at The Ottawa Citizen,
Emery may have already offered heartfelt regrets to his teammates. We don’t know because that’s the type of thing that usually stays in the dressing room.
But we haven’t heard one peep from the goalie on how sorry he is after John Paddock was fired as coach by general manager Bryan Murray last week. Which is insulting considering how public Emery was in showing us a side that embarrassed the team and its fans, helped drive a wedge into the dressing room and eventually killed Paddock’s dream of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to this city. Paddock’s dismissal had much to do with his failure to corral a sulking, petulant Emery who kept blowing gaskets because he didn’t have the starting job anymore.
via the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson tonight.
He was able to ride the stationary bike at the HP Pavillion in San Jose this morning, but he won’t be in the lineup tonight against the Sharks.
Alfredsson wasn’t on the ice for the morning skate and GM/coach Bryan Murray revealed afterwards he wasn’t going to be ready to play.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”
more from Murray and some Sens talk too…
from the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray could be facing suspension after being ejected from Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks for protesting a referee’s call….
“I just kept telling (referee Wes McCauley) it was a bull—-t call. ‘That’s a bull—-t call you made. He said, ‘Say it again and you’re gone,’ so I said it again,” said Murray.
more on the Sens/Ducks game last night…
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