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"I've talked to a number of teams. Somebody told me today Washington is trying to do a little bit too. I said, 'Good luck' because it just seems that we're all talking to each other, we're all trying to get one more piece or whatever but the bottom line is nothing's happening," Murray said.
"I don't know whether it's because of the cap system or it's everybody is so close we're all afraid to make a mistake but certainly it appears more difficult now to make a trade than ever."
-Bryan Murray, GM of the Ottawa Senators. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has more from Murray on the Senators.
Watch as the dasher in Ottawa is damaged by a shot and after a long delay Senators forward Bobby Ryan makes the Chicago Blackhawks pay.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the roads outside the Canadian Tire Centre were slippery, it was a little slippery for the Senators inside as not only did they drop a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers the club was force to finish the game shorthanded after losing centre Mika Zibanejad and winger Milan Michalek to injury.
Michalek is gone long-term with what would be a broken hand while there’s no update on Zibanejad.
“Michalek is going to be out awhile,” said coach Dave Cameron....
Michalek left after blocking a shot with his glove in the second while Zibanejad took a forearm shot to the head from Radko Gudas in the third that wasn’t penalized but it will likely be reviewed. The Senators will have to recall at least one forward from Binghamton because the only extra is winger Colin Greening.
Cameron was livid there was no call on the Gudas hit.
“What do I think about it? It’s a five-minute major,” said Cameron. “It’s right to the head. Do I think (it should be reviewed)? For sure, isn’t that what the league is about today, with no headshots?
“I’d be shocked if that’s not reviewable and suspended.”
more on the game...
Watch the hit below on Zibanejad...
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
The numbers are stupefying.
The Flyers, who dropped a 4-0 decision to Ottawa on Saturday, have scored just 34 goals, their lowest 20-game start in franchise history.
Blanked in their last two outings, they are averaging an NHL-worst 1.7 goals per game, and only two teams have a worse success rate than the Flyers on the power play (13.3 percent).
Jake Voracek, Michael Raffl and Sean Couturier each have one goal; they are on a four-goal place. Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds, wingers being conservatively counted on for 20 to 25 goals, have three goals and are on a 12-goal pace.
While Ottawa has six players in double-digits in points, Claude Giroux (13 points) is the only Flyer who has reached that not-too-lofty plateau, demonstrating just how low things have gotten for a team that started the season so impressively _ 4-2-1, including wins over heavyweights Chicago and the Rangers.
Since then, the Flyers have won just two of 13 games (2-7-4).
Watch the game highlights below...
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
But you can forgive everybody if the celebration was tempered by the fact winger Bobby Ryan — the club’s hottest player — had to be helped off the ice with 4:14 left in the third after he was smashed into the boards by Columbus defenceman David Savard, who was thrown out and will likely be suspended.
“Bobby brings an offensive skillset that is irreplaceable,” said Anderson. “We’ll have to wait and see what’s going on with him. You hope for the best and you never like seeing guys get hurt.”
While it appeared to be a shoulder for Ryan, the Senators were already without defenceman Patrick Wiercioch. He may have been the fifth player on the club’s roster this season to suffer a concussion after he had to be helped off the ice in the second after being hit by Columbus winger Nick Foligno.
The CP says no update on Ryan post-game...
Ottawa lost Bobby Ryan late in the third after being hit by David Savard and Patrick Wiercioch left early in the second after taking a hit from Nick Foligno. There was no update on either player following the game.
Watch both hits below...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The NHL's new overtime format is growing on Erik Karlsson.
After calling 3-on-3 play "kind of boring" and expressing his dislike for it earlier this season, the Senators captain was singing a different tune Wednesday.
"Yeah, maybe I spoke too soon there," Karlsson said with a chuckle. "I think it got taken a little bit out of context, what I said. I by no means don't like playing 3-on-3. I do. I just think it was a big change coming from the 4-on-4 and I really liked the 4-on-4, so maybe I'm going to give (3-on-3) some time here."
The Senators have given it more of a chance than any other team, as nine of their 18 games have gone into overtime -- including six of 10 at Canadian Tire Centre.
By contrast, when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday, they will be facing a team that has yet to experience 3-on-3 play in a regular season game.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray expected his team to be far better than a .500 hockey team.
“Obviously, we’re not totally happy with the way we’re playing,” Murray said following Wednesday’s practice at the Canadian Tire Centre. “Standing-wise, we’re okay, but we should be playing a better game. We find ourselves scrambling, some nights, so much in our own end. It shouldn’t be that hard on us.”
The Senators own an 8-5-5 record. That’s good enough for second in weak Atlantic Division, but Murray recognizes improvement is necessary.
To that point, the Senators general manager acknowledges that veteran defencemen Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch — who have both received plenty of criticism for inconsistent play through the opening 18 games of the season – need to re-establish themselves as solid players.
“I think we have a good enough defence, but they’re not playing good enough,” he said. “Again, we expect more from Wiercioch and Cowen, without a doubt. I’m very pleased with (Chris) Wideman, the way he has come up and played.”
Below, watch Murray address the media this morning...
15:37 NYR Chris Kreider Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Zack Smith
15:37 OTT Zack Smith Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Chris Kreider
15:37 NYR Chris Kreider Instigator - 2 min against Zack Smith
15:37 NYR Chris Kreider Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min against Zack Smith
15:37 OTT Zack Smith Interference - 2 min against Derek Stepan
Stepan went to the dressing room but did return for the 3rd period.
Longer video is below...
The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers honoured victims of the attacks in Paris, France yesterday with a pre-game ceremony, playing the French national anthem.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
As a star NHL player, Daniel Alfredsson was never afraid to go against the grain, to share an unpopular or controversial opinion.
Apparently, nothing has changed.
The former Ottawa Senators captain, two months into his position as the club’s senior advisor of hockey operations, is not a big fan of major junior hockey. He says over-coaching is stifling the creativity of teenaged players.
“Young guys are more prepared (for the NHL) these days, but that’s not necessarily a good thing,” Alfredsson said in a wide-ranging interview. “That just means the professional (style) coaching is just going down the ranks, down to junior and even before junior, and on down.”
Alfredsson believes younger players need more time to develop individual skills, rather than adopting a structured, defence-first approach.
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