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Could You See Babcock In Ottawa?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s really going to be up to Babcock to decide if he wants to stay with the Wings. He holds the option on the last year of his contract, which means he has the hammer in negotiations.

At this point, it doesn’t seem likely Babcock will leave the Motor City, but things could change if the club underachieves in the playoffs this spring.

If Babcock, 45, were to become available, Senators GM/coach Bryan Murray would almost certainly have an interest in speaking to him.

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Sens Get Their Focus Back

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Focus. Focus. Focus!

Focus on defence, focus on position, focus on your opponent. Whatever it is — and we are not suggesting for a moment Ritalin is involved — it’s working. After months of fishtailing all over the track, Murray’s Ottawa Senators have their groove back.

To watch the 3-0 pummelling of the Montreal Canadiens last night was to puzzle as to how the one team, Montreal, could enter the 72nd game of the NHL season in first place in the Northeast Division and Ottawa, a once-first-place team that had recently gone into freefall, could appear to be battling to save its season.

But then panic, as Murray pointed out after the game, “seems to be a tendency” where the Senators and their fans are concerned.

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Quick Turnaround

from the Ottawa Sun,

Seven days ago, the Senators were shut out by the Kings, the worst team in the NHL. It was their third straight loss. They were in serious trouble. Maybe there wasn’t enough time to fall completely out of the playoff picture, but they were certainly shaping up as easy first-round fodder.

Now, suddenly, they’re smiling again. They have rediscovered their scoring touch. Their broken power play appears fixed. They’re doing a much better job of keeping the puck out of their net.

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Morning Line

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

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Prague Welcomes The NHL

from NHL.com,

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.

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Time To Ship Emery Out

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.

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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.

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It Appears Senators Going With Gerber

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.

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Alfredsson Concerned About His Back

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.

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Sens Not Thinking About Missing Playoffs

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.”

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Emery Should Apologize to Sens Fans

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.

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