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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…
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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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