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In case you haven't heard, Ottawa plays in Detroit tomorrow night meaning the Sens face their former captain, Daniel Alfredsson.
I could have put up about six posts today regarding all the talk but decided to do this...
"We're just going there to play the Red Wings. That's all my focus is on is we're playing the Red Wings. That's a big enough task in my book.
"They have lots of good players. Daniel is one of them so our focus is on the Red Wings and how they play as a team, not one guy."
-Paul MacLean, head coach of the Ottawa Senators.
"At the end of the day he's just on another team. It's not like he's not our friend, but you've got to go out and play hard against him. For us we want to get the two points and that's the bottom line. It's no different than playing other friends on other teams."
-Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators
"It's been very different. He's been here as long as I've been here and longer than that as well. It's just something that you were used to and someone you were used to having around all the time. It's different, but it's going well. I'm still a happy guy and even though I miss him we're still talking every once in a while so it's all good."
-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators
More from the CP at CBC.
I wonder if Alfredsson has put any money on the board for the game?
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
It’s seven games into the 2013-14 season and they Devils have yet to win a game.
Tonight, early struggles by goaltender Martin Brodeur and a three-goal deficit proved too much for the Devils to overcome in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators that dropped their record to 0-4-3.
They completed their five-game Canadian road trip with a 0-3-2 record and now head home to host the rival Rangers, who, no doubt, would like nothing more to add to their misery.
“We’re being tested right now. That’s for sure,” Devils captain Bryce Salvador said. “All of our character is being tested right now and we’ve got to make sure that we have our head up and realize that no one’s coming in to do anything for us. It’s everyone in here that’s going to have to continue to put on our work hats and make sure we’re coming and sticking to it.”
A couple of plays from last night also shows the Devils are getting some scoring chances, but... watch the stops by Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators below...
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says the Ottawa Senators have lost $110 million since he took over the team 10 years ago.
In August, senior team officials told the Citizen that the franchise has generated a grand total of just $6 million on operations (total revenues minus the costs associated with paying and moving the players, advertising and managing the arena).
Melnyk made the comment today on TSN 1200 Ottawa radio and you can listen to the full interview here (comment on lose of $110 is at the 11 minute mark). Melnyk also in a round-about way rips some of the NHL teams on how they handle their finances.
Mike Smith stickhandled into the no touch zone and paid the price as Jason Spezza scores one of his natural hat trick goals. The Sens won 4-3 in OT.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl left late in the second period of Saturday night's game against Ottawa after getting hit by the Senators’ Clarke MacArthur, and did not return.
Hertl skated immediately to the dressing room after taking what looked to be a check to the shoulder/head area with 2:14 left in the middle frame. The hit did not look particularly vicious, and Hertl was hunched over and had his head down while taking a backhand shot towards the net.
“He fell into a player,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “Basically, he was going to the net, stumbled and fell into him. He’s a little bit sore, but I think he’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Watch the play below and Hertl basically skated, head down, right into MacArthur.
October 8, 2013 – Saturday night’s NHL on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast set audience records, as 2.6 million Canadians watched the Prime East broadcast, making it the most viewed Fall Saturday night hockey premiere on record in the East! Across the country, audiences turned to CBC in record numbers as the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) followed by the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Overall, more than 9.8 million Canadians, the equivalent to more than one in four Canadians, watched CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA programming on Saturday night.
“Hockey is clearly more than a game for Canadians, and they’re tuning-in in record numbers to CBC’s coverage of NHL hockey” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, CBC English Services. “Year after year, we up our game, and Canadians are responding in kind with enthusiasm and passion that will be carried all the way through to the end of the season and Stanley Cup finals.”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
...Then there is the no small matter Ryan is in Ottawa only because beloved former captain Daniel Alfredsson elected to leave for the Detroit Red Wings. Only 26 – 15 years younger than Alfredsson – and drawing $5,562,500 (U.S.) a season, Ryan is expected not only to replace Alfredsson on the right wing of the top line but to produce immediately.
“He’s got a bigger microscope on him because of that situation,” Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said.
The impatience could be heard on talk radio and easily found on social media. One heartless tweeter, for reasons unknown, even took a shot at Ryan as “a product of domestic violence” – a reference to a complicated and difficult past that includes his family fleeing New Jersey for the West Coast and taking on a new identity.
“So gutless,” the usually easygoing Ryan responded. “You’re the reason athletes should be able to hit people in person.”
On Monday morning, Ryan was met by a larger-than-usual media throng and, to his credit, brushed off the shots with a smile. “It’s pretty hard to jump on a guy after two games on the road,” he said.
from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
Senators head coach Paul MacLean was surprised to see Mason Raymond’s spin move allowed in Toronto’s shootout win over Ottawa.
“I was on a conference call at the start of the year with all the other coaches and was informed at that time that that play would be seriously reviewed and you were taking a chance it would be an illegal play and the goal would be disallowed.
So, MacLean cautioned his players. (Do any Sens do it, now that Kaspars Daugavins is gone?).
“I think it’s a very unfair play for the guy to come in and blow snow on the goaltender to me he came to a full stop, the puck went backwards and then forwards.”
continue for more on the game...
The last I heard on the spin-o-rama move was the GM's wanted it removed, the NHL did not but I never read much more on it.
I think as long as the puck is moving, this type of move should be allowed.
Watch the Raymond goal below...
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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HNIC calls it a tease, I still may refer to it as a montage.
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