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from Ian Mendes of TSN,
Speaking to TSN 1200 on Friday evening, Bryan Murray said he has not made any final decisions on his team for next season – and that includes giving a formal vote of confidence to head coach Paul MacLean.
When asked directly about MacLean's job security moving forward, Murray did not make any guarantees for his head coach or any of his players.
“I don't have a definite answer to that, but Paul's got a contract going forward. He was Coach of the Year last year and I don't know what happened this year necessarily as far as performance is concerned,” Murray said.
“I think he's a very good coach and I think he has the ear of the players in the room. We had some really tough outings and it's shared amongst a lot of people – myself included. We thought this team was better. We thought we had enough skill here to offset a couple of little things we were missing last year – and it didn't work out. Was that because of the departure of Daniel Alfredsson? Was it because we overestimated a couple our young guys? I think all of those evaluations will take place and will continue. With 10 games to go, we'll be watching very closely with the effort that is put forward here. I'm certainly not planning to make any decisions until the 82 games have gone by and we'll make a decision based on the whole year.”
read on for more about the Senators...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Clear as ever is the NHL's need to come up with a Bobby Orr Award.
Erik Karlsson does not deserve the Norris Trophy presented to the best "all-round" defenceman in the league. His focus in his own end is not the same as it was when he won the plaque two years ago. He cheats his defensive duties, looking to go on the attack before it's safe to do so.
As the same time, what Karlsson is doing offensively this season is certainly worthy of year-end recognition.
Heading into Friday's game against the Blackhawks, the slick Swede had scored 20 goals, 49 assists and a dozen more points than the next highest scoring D-man in the league.
That would be Chicago's Duncan Keith, whose plus-23 rating was also plus-40 better than the one Karlsson was toting.
Forget about his giveaway on the Senators first goal Friday -- for his all round play this season, Keith should get the Norris. Shea Weber (20 goals, 48 points, minus-6) will also get some votes, if anyone is looking past the numbers. Karlsson should still be the third finalist.
What's next, and award for the power forward who scores 30 goals, 100+ in penalty minutes and plays an all around game but will never win any major hardware?
An absolute joke you would want to create an award to meet what the home town player brings. Maybe they should just create the HomeTown Trophy, given to one player on every NHL team, voted on by the home team writers/beat writers.
For example, Helene, who would you vote for? Oh Zetterberg, has a great beard and those snowballs taste real good.
Damien? Forget the players, give it to the coach for putting up with the players.
Adrian? Peter Forsberg.
"Be (bleeping) organized. Get a puck, put the puck in..."
-Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean at practice this morning.
via a tweet from Bruce Garrioch.
from Chris Lund of the Ottawa Senators website,
After re-aggravating a sports hernia that was first sustained in November this past Saturday in Dallas, Senators forward Bobby Ryan underwent surgery today in Montreal, which will rule him out of the team's remaining games in 2013-14. Senators GM Bryan Murray offered a rundown of the injury and Ryan's status.
Here's what he had to say...
On Ryan and the injury:
He got hurt early on and tried to play through it. He felt it handicapped him a little as far as shooting the puck in particular was concerned. Then he had a couple of incidents where things cropped up. Going into the boards the way he did in Dallas was a time we had to decide with him that it was best to stop playing for a bit and get it repaired and give him a chance. I think if we were still in a real serious, serious position here we could maybe get another game or two out of him but it doesn't make a lot of sense at this point in time to continue playing when you're hurt.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
It's quite possible the rising questions about Craig Anderson's character would be put to bed by somebody coming clean on his injury.
Instead, we are left to believe a 'stinger' has kept the No. 1 goalie out of the line up for five games already -- and now at least two more going forward -- which has prompted experts on social media to diagnose Anderson as 'soft.'
That's a little harsh, of course. None of them know what Anderson has been dealing with since leaving the Nashville game Mar. 10 after being bumped by teammate Milan Michalek. Nobody knows because the team, like others in the NHL, is vague on injuries, treating them as state secrets.
In his one conversation with reporters since his disappearance, Anderson made it clear that any discomfort he was feeling over the shot he took on the shoulder from Shea Weber had pretty much subsided.
So he's missing all these crucial games down the stretch because of the Michalek bump? Do stingers normally keep players out of action for more than two weeks or, as one reporter put it, is this a 'humdinger of a stinger.'
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There were whispers reported earlier this week from a credible news outlet in Edmonton that this indeed would be that year, just as there were reports last season out of Boston that Sather would relinquish his day-to-day duties as Rangers GM while retaining his post as club president.
Someday, the story will be true. But not this time. Not, at least, according to an individual who ought to know.
“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”///
It is beginning to look like Daniel Alfredsson’s defection to Detroit has had a similar impact on the Senators as Mark Messier’s escape to Vancouver had on the Rangers in 1997, leaving a club behind and adrift without its leader.
The Senators are the league’s most disappointing team. The toughness, edge and swagger that complemented the club’s talent are gone. Ottawa has become just another easy team to play against — almost a welcome respite for an opponent.
By the way, one year remains on the contracts of both Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan in advance of 2016 unrestricted free agency.
more on Sather plus what is going on in Carolina...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Facing a must-win, the Senators fell flat on their face Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Big game. Bigger disappointment. A total disgrace in front of 17,326.
The Senators vowed they wouldn’t go down without a fight for a spot in the post-season, but that was hardly the case in an embarrassing 8-4 defeat to the New York Rangers....
“It’s embarrassing,” said captain Jason Spezza. “That was a must-win game for us. To give up eight is unacceptable. It’s been the same thing all year for us. (This) was a microcosm of a lot of things.”
from Chris Stevenson at the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators lost their minds after a series of controversial calls -- a goal called back, various interpretations of goaltender interference and the final indignity of Bouillon scoring after it looked like Senators goaltender Robin Lehner had the puck covered up.
“Four-on-four you have to create some offence when they use you,” said Bouillon, who scored his first goal of the season. “When I saw Davey Desharnais bring the puck to the goal and the puck was stuck there, I went down a little bit and I got pretty lucky the puck came right out to me.
“The puck was not covered up. It was kind of under a pad, but the goalie never had full control so it was a good call by the ref.”
Senators general manager Bryan Murray was still engaged in fighting the good fight with three of the on-ice officials, including referee Dean Morton, an hour after the game as the team's bus idled nearby.
Watch the frantic Montreal comeback below...
Ottawa vs. Montreal.
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said his team needed to work harder after a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night.
That they did on Friday, for 81 lung-busting minutes of practice in Calgary that featured special teams practice, breakouts and one battle drill that led to a fight between Jared Cowen and Chris Neil. They dropped the gloves and got a few punches in before teammates intervened.
“We need more of that,” MacLean said afterwards. “Preferably in games.”
Clarke MacArthur missed practice due to a hand injury suffered against the Flames that will be re-evaluated in Ottawa.
continue for lineup changes for the game in Winnipeg tomorrow...
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