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Ruutu Suspended for 2 Games

From the NHL:

Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #586 against the Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League announced today.

The “incident” being, of course, this one.

 

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The Biting Debate

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Replays clearly showed Peters yelling, “he [bleeping] bit me” and the action was frozen on the arena’s HD board as Ruutu sank his teeth on to Peters’ thumb and ripped off the glove.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” said a stunned Peters, whose broken skin was bandaged but not stitched afterward. “I’ve been involved in a few altercations, too. I’ve never had anyone bite me before. I didn’t know that even happened for real. I saw the replay of it and it’s pretty evident he did bite me….

Facing several different media inquiries, Ruutu repeatedly proclaimed his innocence against the overwhelming video evidence.

“I didn’t bite him,” Ruutu said. “He had his glove in my mouth but I didn’t bite him.”

more and if you missed the video from last night, here it is.

added 10:11am, ESPN zoomed in on the bite, watch below…

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  Tags: andrew+peters, jarkko+ruutu

Bite Night

Jarkko Ruutu bites the right hand of Andrew Peters tonight.

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No Changes Needed In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson is standing by his men.

The Senators captain said yesterday that GM Bryan Murray doesn’t need to make changes, despite the team being 12th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference….

“I think we’ve shown lately that we’re playing really hard. I feel (change) is not the way to go. It’s up to us to find a way to win games. We play pretty good, but then we find ways to lose instead of finding ways to win.

“It can be the power play one day, the penalty kill another or if we need a big save one day, it’s just not happening for us. Obviously, the easy thing is to make changes and hope for something that’s going to work. We tried that last year. It didn’t go much better. It’s up to us to make it work.”

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Eyes On Fisher

from Just Jared,

Carrie Underwood may have her eyes set on a hot new boy — Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher.

The 25-year-old American Idol alum was spotted with her hair tied back at the “Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs” hockey game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday (January 3). Carrie’s 28-year-old Canuck cutie played with his fellow Senators but unfortunately lost out to the Leafs 3-1.

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Wrong Sens Goalie In The Net

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Gerber is supposed to start in Edmonton tonight, and when I heard that I lost any sense that the Senators might snap out of their 12-game road losing streak. The other players will all defend their friend and teammate, but they see Gerber giving up the softies too.

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A Senators Trade Won’t Help This Team This Season

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

It’s understandable that Murray is shopping around but the bottom line is there’s no trade Murray can make that will save his team’s season.

Vermette, Fisher and Schubert aren’t going to attract the type of players Murray wants, and if he’s to be believed he’s not shopping Spezza.

Even if he were, Spezza’s expensive salary ($7 million per season) with a no-trade clause kicking in after next season significantly limits his market value. It’s not that teams aren’t interested, most just simply cannot afford to take him on their payrolls.

There’s even been some talk of getting Dany Heatley to waive his no-trade clause but unless Heatley requests a trade Murray won’t move him.

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Sens Sinking

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, when does meltdown occur in Ottawa?

Not sure about the exact timing, but the clock is surely ticking. Not only are the Ottawa Senators looking less and less like a playoff team, they’re looking more and more like a draft lottery team….

The challenge for Murray is that he is practically bereft of attractive assets to move beyond rock-solid defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who must stand as one of the team’s very few untouchables (along with captain Daniel Alfredsson). No one is going to be interested in Jason Smith at $2.6 million this year and next. Dany Heatley? With a $35 million price tag, plus what’s left of a $10 million tab this year, he’s hardly going to fit into most teams’ budgets. In other words: Yikes.

read on plus more questions and answers from Burnside…

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Road Trip Could Define Senators Season

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

After Ottawa finishes an eight-game, season-defining road trip—which begins tonight in Philadelphia—fans will pretty much know where their team stands.

While Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says the media will be calling it a miracle turnaround when his team vaults into the top four in the Eastern Conference by March, it’s these next eight games that will determine what kind of miracles this team can perform.

After tonight’s game against the Flyers, the Senators will get a two-day Christmas break before heading to Western Canada for games in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

After returning home for New Year’s, the Senators, who are being displaced by the world juniors, will hit the road for four more (Toronto, New Jersey, Buffalo and Boston).

In pursuit of a playoff spot or in pursuit of a lottery pick? It could go either way.

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Hartsburg Looking For Team Approach

from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,

The ultimate example, some might suggest, will reside on the home-teach bench at the Prudential Center tonight.

While Senators head coach Craig Hartsburg doesn’t want to turn his team into a mirror image of the New Jersey Devils, he’ll look across the ice tonight and see the kind of single-minded approach that he insists is necessary for Ottawa to make a quantum leap in its performance level….

“Do I want to play like them? No,” a passionate Hartsburg said after the Senators’ pre-game skate earlier today. “But I would like our team to have a mindset that they’re all going to play like a group and that’s what (the Devils) do. They’re good because of it.

“I think the team-first mindset has always been a part of that organization and they’ve had great players. They’ve got great players right now ... but they all play a certain type of game that allows the team to have success as well as individual success and that’s what we’ve struggled with.”

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