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Paddock Points At Emery

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Paddock admitted he should have kicked Emery off the ice when he wasn’t working in practice to send a message to the team that you have to work hard to be rewarded with playing time.

In fact, Paddock said it’s his No. 1 regret and ultimately what probably cost him his job.

“One of the things I would do over is the (Emery) stuff. Not really the tardiness,” said Paddock in a conference call with reporters.

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We’ll Take Your Goalies, You Take Ours

from the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray is never afraid to think outside the box.

That’s why one of the best stories post-trade deadline is how he tried to package both his goaltenders, Martin Gerber and Ray Emery, put them in the box, and try a 2-for-2 deal.

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The Reality On The Ottawa Senators

A submission by KK member Jean-Pierre Allard-

While Bryan Murray absolutely made the right decision in dismissing John Paddock, he will soon find out that it doesn’t matter who is behind the bench of the Senators.  The reality is that this team has no capable goalie, only one dependable defenseman and far too many dipsy-doodlers upfront who turtle like frightened little boys when they go up against their bigger and meaner opponents. 

Some players care only about their individual statistics, others are sadly over-rated, a few are grossly over-paid, many have lost a step or two while the majority very seldom bother putting in a solid 60 minutes a game, a strident sign of weak leadership.  Add to that the fact that there are far bigger issues with the Senators than their on-ice struggles and one can easily see how this team can be in such dire straits.

Simply put, the current edition is not nearly as good as the media has led us to believe ever since they came out of the gate with a 15-2 record.

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What Is Going On In Ottawa

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Here’s a question for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: Could you possibly have screwed this season up even worse?

What’s that? You fired your coach and replaced him with your general manager, the one you elevated from the coaching ranks after you fired the general manger who got you to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history?

What in the name of Phil Esposito were you thinking?

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Murray Makes His Own Move

from The Good,The Bad And The Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

So Dallas gets Brad Richards, Pittsburgh gets Marion Hossa, San Jose gets Brian Campbell, and Ottawa gets…Bryan Murray.

Maybe that’s it. Maybe Murray took a long hard look at his team at the deadline and thought: “All we’re missing is me.”

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Paddock Fired

from TSN,

Having dropped six of their last eight games and 14 of their last 21, the Ottawa Senators have fired head coach John Paddock with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.

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And more from the Ottawa Senators,

[General Manager Bryan] Murray, who will return behind the bench as head coach, will continue to perform his duties as Senators general manager. Assistant coach Ron Low has also been relieved of his coaching duties.

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Panic In Ottawa

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Once considered a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, the Senators are looking like easy, first-round playoff fodder—if they manage to hang on and qualify for the post-season tournament.

Crazy talk? Don’t think so. They have a nine-point cushion now, but the air is leaking out.

Hence, the growing speculation that Paddock will be replaced behind the bench by GM Bryan Murray, who took the team to the Stanley Cup final last season.

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Thrashers Price High For Hossa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The whisper is Montreal GM Bob Gainey may have had a face-to-face meeting with Thrashers GM Don Waddell yesterday to see if they could close a deal.

While Ottawa GM Bryan Murray has also been hot on Waddell’s trail as well, it’s believed the Senators want rugged blueliner Garnet Exelby as part of any deal

That’s because the Thrashers are asking a lot.

Not only does Atlanta want winger Antoine Vermette or defenceman Andrej Meszaros as part of the deal, they want a prospect and the Senators’ No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft.

more Hossa talk…

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Message Sent

from the Ottawa Sun,

“I think it’s a message again to the community that this team wants to win a Stanley Cup,” the Senators GM said after sending defenceman Joe “Uh Oh” Corvo and winger Patrick Eaves to the Carolina Hurricanes for productive winger Cory Stillman and brawny defenceman Mike Commodore. “Does this put us closer? I believe so.”

As does his coach, John Paddock.

“It sends a message to the league, besides the fans here, that we’re serious,” said Paddock. “Teams that are really after players that have got Stanley Cup rings ... I think the message is clear, what the objective of this team is.”

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Good Trade For Ottawa

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.

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