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John Paddock Comes Full Circle

From Patrick Williams at The Hockey News:

Fans did not expect to see John Paddock stationed behind an AHL bench this season. And in no way did Paddock envision himself in such a role, either.

A scouting position with the Senators seemed Paddock’s likely role this season, some seven months after Ottawa dismissed him late in a turmoil-filled 2007-08 season. That turmoil cost the hockey veteran his long-awaited second NHL head-coaching job that had eluded him since he exited the same post with the Winnipeg Jets in the mid-1990s.

But as predictable as the hockey world can often be, it occasionally serves up something new, something different, and so Paddock returns for his first AHL coaching gig since his Binghamton Senators crashed in the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs.

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  Tags: ahl, john+paddock

The Complete Heatley

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

[He was] blocking shots!” said an enthusiastic Sens coach Craig Hartsburg.

And he went after Brooks Orpik when the Pittsburgh defenseman roughed up Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson at the end of the first period.

And he yelled while on the bench to pump up his teammates when the game was still scoreless.

Hockey fans, meet the new Dany Heatley. Not just a 50-goal man, but a leader and a more complete player. Two games into the 2008-09 season, it’s impressive.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

NHL Puts On A Show

from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,

Since I didn’t swipe the identification plate of one Miroslav Satan (it’s pronounced Shertan, disappointingly) all I will bring home from Sweden are memories. And while it is neither my natural disposition, nor indeed my job, to look on the bright side, I am honour bound to say this: the National Hockey League’s second excursion into Europe has been a peach.

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Reflecting on Last Years Senators

From Peter O’Neil of Canwest in the Leader Post,

Former Ottawa Senators defencemen Wade Redden and Andrej Meszaros rejected Friday speculation that their former team’s collapse last year was linked to excessive partying.

The two players, who will play against each other here Saturday when Redden’s New York Rangers face the Tampa Bay Lightning, also said they never witnessed inappropriate off-season behaviour involving former teammate Ray Emery, who was asked during an interview with ESPN.com in August about whether he used recreational drugs.

Both players cited other reasons - Redden spoke of a failure to maintain the team’s historic commitment to team defence, while Meszaros suggested that exhaustion over the long playoff run the year before ultimately led to Ottawa’s second-half flop.

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros, ray+emery, wade+redden

Isbister Not Going To Binghamton

via Sportsnet,

Brad Isbister’s time with the Ottawa Senators organization has come to an end. The veteran forward did not report to the Binghamton Senators, despite being assigned to the AHL farm club last week.

Isbister remains under contract with the Senators, but the NHL club will loan him to a European club for the rest of the season if his agent can work out a deal.

If Isbister fails to land a job elsewhere, the Senators will likely suspend him.

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  Tags: brad+isbiste

Senators Need To Keep Alfredsson

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Alfredsson’s expiry date has become a topic because his contract expires at the end of this season.

There are three option years attached to the deal with this kicker: as revealed in the Sun, if Alfredsson plays 70 games and gets at least 70 points this season, he has the option to accept $3.8 million (all terms US) for next season or declare himself an unrestricted free agent.

If he doesn’t hit the 70-70 combo, the Senators have him for $3.8 million, a bargain. But the Senators certainly don’t want to run the risk of having their captain become a free agent.

Talks between Senators general manager Bryan Murray and J.P. Barry, Alfredsson’s agent, are in the preliminary stages.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Sens Go As Gerber Goes

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

While we can conclude very little from any pre-season, it’s clear we have ourselves an Ottawa Senators team with more question marks than the Riddler’s outfit, and an Eastern Conference as wide open as Saskatchewan….

That leaves it wide open for….take your pick…Montreal, Philadelphia, the Rangers, Washington…

...Ottawa?

The early line on the Sens is Sesame Street simple.  If Martin Gerber is really good, they finish somewhere between 4th and 7th in the conference.  If Martin Gerber is…uhh…what Martin Gerber was most of last year, then they’ll be golfing by mid-April.

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Meszaros Happy In Tampa

Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today has a look at Tampa defenseman Andrej Meszaros.  Meszaros is beginning to feel comfortable in Tampa and hopes the feeling remains for the next six years.

Read more on Meszaros and many other hockey notes at the Sporting News Today.,  You may have to register, but it takes ten seconds and it is free.

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros

Jason, Wanna Come Out & Play

from Elizabeth Payne of the Ottawa Citizen,

According to the local grapevine, children have beaten a path to his front door hoping to catch a glimpse of one of their hockey idols, or, even better, to nab an autograph. And, apparently, Mr. Spezza has charmingly complied in many cases, handing out autographed hockey cards to awe-struck neighbours….

I have no idea what Mr. Spezza, a young hockey star in a country that idolizes hockey players, thinks about the attention his move to the neighbourhood is getting. The fact that he bought a house in a part of the city that is full of children and answers the door when some of them come calling tells me that he sees himself as part of the community, and that is probably as important to the future of the Senators in Ottawa as how the team does this season.

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  Tags: jason+spezza

Redden Meets His Old Team

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Wade Redden can finally turn the page on his career with the Senators tonight.

The former Senators defenceman is getting accustomed to life in Manhattan, but he’ll get his first real look at Broadway tonight when he makes his debut on the New York Rangers blue line against his ex-teammates.

Redden, who spent a decade in an Ottawa uniform, isn’t sure how he’ll feel when he looks across the ice at all the familiar faces, however, he’s excited about the possibility of suiting up for New York.

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  Tags: wade+redden

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