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Erik Karlsson On His Next NHL Contract

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson made it clear Thursday that he won’t be taking any hometown discount simply to stay with the club beyond next season.

“When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,” Karlsson said following the club’s practice here Thursday, as the Senators aim to end a seven-game losing streak Friday against the New York Islanders.

“That’s the business part of it. That’s the way every player has been treated ever since this league has started, and I think the players have been a little bit on the other side of things when it comes to negotiations. I think it’s time to realize that when we go to the table, it’s business on both parts, not just (owners).”

Karlsson has this season and next season remaining on his current six-year, $45.5-million contract, and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season.


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The Slump Continues For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

The snowball continues to grow, rolling on and on downhill.

After yet another demoralizing defeat, this time 2-1 to Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Wednesday to kick off a seven-game road trip, the Ottawa Senators losing streak has hit the not so lucky seven mark.

In addition to extending the Senators ghastly slump, the Canadiens have now pulled three points ahead of Ottawa in the Atlantic Division standings.

Suddenly, the once-slumping Canadiens are on a three-game winning streak.

The Senators, meanwhile, left Montreal immediately for New York and Friday’s game against the Islanders in Brooklyn. In all too familiar fashion, they were searching for answers as they left the arena.

“We’ve got some guys working hard, doing the right things,” said left winger Zack Smith. “It’s just a matter of a little more confidence and a bounce here and there and we’ll get out of this. We’ve lost seven in a row. That’s disheartening, to say the least, but we’re definitely not out of it. We have a team that can turn things around and get us back in the playoffs.”


Game highlights are below...

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The Slumping Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Citizen,

What matters is that the Ottawa Senators’ losing streak is at six games, their longest in almost four years. (They were outplayed, sometimes badly, in the other four defeats). Worse still, picking up but one point over that stretch in the modern NHL, with points for overtime and shootout losses, is devastating.

It seems so early to talk about this, but to reach 95 points — the entry spot for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference last season — the Senators need 73 points in their final 60 games. That’s 35-22-3, 34-21-5 or 33-20-7....

It’s no coincidence that captain Erik Karlsson’s personal pointless streak is at six games, the same length as the Senators’ slide. The last time Karlsson went so long without a point was his rookie season of 2009-10, when he went eight games without hitting the scoresheet. “We can do whatever we want and feel good about ourselves, but it’s results that we want,” Karlsson said. “We’ve got to pay the price a little bit more. I feel like we’re playing a little bit too much on the outside. If we don’t play the best hockey than we possibly can, we’re not going to put ourselves in situations to win games.”


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Another Loss By The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

The downward spiral continues and the question marks keep growing for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators extended their losing streak to five games with a 5-2 defeat to the high-flying Columbus Blue Jackets Friday at the Nationwide Arena.

As the Senators flew home immediately after the game for Saturday’s date against the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre, they were shaking their heads yet again....

Topping the issues among the forwards was that fact that Matt Duchene entered the game pointless in six games with Ottawa, while linemate Ryan was goalless in 12 games this season. After being shutout again Friday, those streaks are now at seven and 13, respectively.


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Video- Brendan Smith Hit On Mark Borowiecki

Five for interference and a game.


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Gary Bettman Stresses New Arenas Needed In Calgary And Ottawa

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Amid growing talk about Houston’s desire to land a hockey team, and with Seattle pushing towards finally getting an NHL-ready building, Gary Bettman gently pointed out that his league has some budding dance partners. Lest anyone forget in the only two cities where teams are known to be lobbying for a new facility.

“We believe in all of the places that we have franchises now,” Bettman said Friday after a luncheon with Montreal’s chamber of commerce. “We think all of our markets are capable of supporting our clubs. We’re not looking to threaten markets, but there is a certain inevitability if a club needs a new arena to stay competitive, to stay viable and have stability, that if it can’t for whatever reason get a new facility then at some point ownership has to look at what options it may have.

“It’s great to know that there are lots of places that are interested in having a franchise that don’t, but we’re not running around actively soliciting interest. We listen to whoever wants to come and talk to us, and we’re aware of the interest, but our preference is to have our franchises right where they are.”

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The New Arena Talk In Canada

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

This pouting sense of entitlement is a recurring theme across the world of professional sports, where billionaire owners have their hands out looking for taxpayer help in growing their businesses.

The whining in Ottawa is particularly distasteful because the billionaire owner in question, Eugene Melnyk, doesn’t know or care about the burden on the ordinary taxpayer because he had the wherewithal to avoid paying taxes by establishing his residence in Barbados. He rediscovered his Canadian roots two years ago when he needed life-saving liver transplant surgery.

If Melnyk needs a new arena, let him pay for it with all the money he saved by not paying taxes.

If the owners in Ottawa and Calgary aren’t happy with their arenas, there’s a new one in Quebec City crying out for an NHL team.

Bettman, who will be in Montreal this week to help celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary, could serve the game better if he stopped worrying about how Canadians spend their tax dollars and more about important issues like the rise in concussions and the anemic state of the game in places like Carolina, Arizona and South Florida.

more and a few other topics too...

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Video- Erik Karlsson On Playing In Sweden

The Ottawa Senators face the Colorado Avalanche with the puck drop just after 2:00pm ET today.  The game is on NHL Network, TSN5, RDS and Altitude.



added 12:23pm, Gabriel Landeskog meets with the media too, watch below...

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The Stockholm Games

STOCKHOLM (Nov. 9, 2017) – The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators are set to face off in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Ericsson Globe. The 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will mark the fifth time the NHL® has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games and the first such time since the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, which took place in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. These games reward the legion of loyal and passionate international fans by featuring some of the NHL’s biggest stars and generating interest in the League worldwide. The games between Colorado and Ottawa on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 will be the 21st and 22nd NHL® regular-season games played in Europe. They also will be the ninth and tenth NHL regular-season games played in Sweden.

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Morning Line- Terry Frei On Matt Duchene

Remember, this was the player who said on the day Colorado drafted him: “I keep looking down at the logo and going, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I used to draw their logo every day in school. I’m just so happy. Every kid dreams of playing for his boyhood team. It’s crazy. They have not had a top pick in many years, and the one year I’m available and rated up there, they have it. It’s kind of fate, I guess.”

Two weeks after Duchene was drafted, he attended the Avalanche development camp and then went to the Inverness Hotel to attend Sakic’s retirement news conference. Duchene never got to play with one of his idols, and the relationship would evolve to player and GM.

The storybook had a sour ending.

-Terry Frei of Mile High Sports where you can read much more on the Duchene trade.

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