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from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Granted, it's been a small sample size, but Andrew Hammond has certainly emerged as a very promising goaltender for the Ottawa Senators organization. Hammond, who was thrust into NHL action for Ottawa last month after injuries to both Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, made his seventh consecutive start Wednesday night and led the surging Sens to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Hammond is now 6-0-1 with a .957 save percentage and a 1.35 goals against average for Ottawa, making for a mighty interesting scenario when both Anderson and Lehner return. Ottawa will have some interesting decisions to make this summer, and Hammond has played well enough to give the Sens something to think about when it comes to the club's future between the pipes.
continue for Burnside on the Sens, Custance on the Rangers, LeBrun on Habs/Ducks and MacDonald on the Bruins...
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Two minutes for interference.
from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,
While the “national” hockey media shoot fish in a barrel reporting obsessively on the collapse of the Toronto Maple Leafs, up the road in Ottawa, a franchise has been in slow decline.
The bombastic and debt-laden owner, Eugene Melnyk, and general manager, Bryan Murray, have presided over the Ottawa Senator’s slide to out-of-the-playoffs mediocrity. The Senators stand 11th in the Eastern Conference, nine points from the wild-card playoff position, and 22nd overall, a far cry from where they used to be a decade ago. Next week, the Senators start a hard five-game road trip against Western Conference teams, all of which are better than Ottawa.
Melnyk, who has recently sold his stables and horses to raise money, used to brag about being willing to spend to the NHL salary cap in quest of a winning team. Now, Melnyk boasts about having imposed one of the league’s lowest salary caps on the Senators, claiming other owners are blowing money on bad deals. The result is obvious on the ice and in the organization. The Senators cannot compete against teams with much higher salaries. The co-relation is not exact (see the Leafs), but larger-spending teams do tend to finish higher up in the standing.
Melnyk remains defiant, insisting in December, “I’m not in the least embarrassed about us spending at the bottom. I’m happy about it because we’ll be able to spend more in the future and some can’t. Some are stuck.”
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Bryan Murray doesn’t expect to be overly busy at the NHL trade deadline March 2. Yet, he is making it known he has veteran players available.
“I’ve talked to a number of teams about different things, but there’s nothing that anybody’s really asking about in a definite manner,” Murray said.
“Around the league, there are a number of injuries – and defencemen in particular hurting, that there might be a call or two made. But nothing is happening at this point.”
continue for more on the Senators...
Neil suffered the injury today, watch the fight below...
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
As the trade speculation heats up, Ottawa Senators winger Chris Neil wants to be wanted.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for (Senators general manger) Bryan Murray and for what he has done here,” said Neil, who is attracting considerable interest among some playoff-bound teams — believed to include the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks. “I indicated to (Murray) that this is where I want to be. But I want to be a part of it, too. I don’t just want to sit here and collect a paycheque.”
Neil, 35, is in demand because of his physical edge, the ability to agitate and to protect star players. That style is always more valuable in the post-season because the game becomes more of a grind and players wear down during the course of what could be four playoff series.
But since returning from a knee injury Jan. 20, Neil has seen only spot duty for coach Dave Cameron. Neil played only 5:33 in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils – the ice time was reduced because he needed a couple of stitches to close a gash over his right eye – and he has played fewer than eight minutes in three of his past six games.
The TSN Insiders talked about, drum rolllllll.. The Toronto Maple Leafs available players for trade.
The Ottawa Senators were also mentioned and Pierre LeBrun states Chris Neil is drawing interest.
Then Bob McKenzie talked about the advance stats that will hit NHL.com on Februay 20th. Bob McKenzie says "massive changes".
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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Naturally, the 31-year-old centre was asked what kind of reception he expects from Ottawa fans known for their love-hate relationship with the former captain.
“Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too,” Spezza said. “They’ve always supported the club, but hopefully they appreciate that I gave everything when I was here and did all I could to help us win.”
About that. If only the Senators had cashed in one of those years – in 2003, when Spezza was the kid on the rise, or 2006 when Dominik Hasek went down, or 2007 when Spezza-Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson were the NHL’s top offensive line.
“We were so close for a three, four-year period there (and we) had as good a team as anybody in the league,” Spezza said.
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