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Allow us to introduce you to Ravi, posting as ‘Sensational’ and covering (you guessed it) the Ottawa Senators this season on KK.  He’s written a short introduction below, and you can see a sample of his views on the Sens here, a post he provided for Kukla’s Korner last week. Welcome, Ravi!

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Thanks for tuning in Sens fans. My name is Ravi and I am a Sen-a-holic. I’ve loved the team since they rejoined the league and beat the Canadiens in their first game back. It’s been an up and down ride ever since. The highest point coming in, you guessed it, 2007 when they Sens reached the finals. The lowest? Daigle, Yashin, Heatley, Paddock’s tie, that damned gladiator opening up the playoffs a few seasons back? Take your pick. We’ve learned to look at the humourous side of things (learned, forced…potato, potatoe). Here’s hoping that my attempt at chronicling the humorous side of being a Sens fans makes you laugh as much it does me.

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MsRedWinger's avatar

Welcome!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/25/11 at 04:10 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

KK is gonna have more content than any one man or woman can handle… and I think its great!  Welcome aboard!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/25/11 at 04:48 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

välkommen, till KK

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 07/25/11 at 05:40 PM ET

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Welcome to the team, Ravi. As the Leafs blogger on the site, I’m sure we’ll disagree on many things, but it should be interesting nonetheless.

Posted by Greg Thomson from Toronto, Ontario on 07/25/11 at 05:57 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

Ottawa is an intriguing team.  They seem to be in the middle when it comes to managerial competence.  They’ve had a revolving door when it comes to coaches and goal-tending.  However, for once the latter seems to be in good standing.  You guys yoinked McLean away from the wings, but who knows how he’ll be on his own.  Or for that matter whether coaching has really been the problem.  Anderson is a solid tender and Lehner is a good prospect for the future.  But you better hope your lucky charms that the sens stop rushin guys in.

Last years fire sale was great for stocking the cupboards but the drafting has been very questionable for the capital.  Mike Fischer never could stay healthy or round out into a great #2 center.  Spezza is always debated in his status as a number one, not in the point department but as a defensive liability.  But after old Alfie scoring is definitely in shortage.  I don’t think Foligno or Regin are legitimate top-six guys.  Michalek is always injured so he’s useless, and even when in the lineup is something of a Samuelsson (extremely streaky).  The Sens drafted a plethora of forwards the past few seasons in the top rounds, but everyone has to wait and see if/when/who will develop.  Zibanejad, Noesen, Puempel, Silfverberg are all they’ve got to rely on.  Karlsson is playing with club is a huge mistake.  They are going to stunt his development in the trial by fire.  His offensive contributions are obvious, but his defensive game is so poor that it really doesn’t warrant his place on the sens.  He should be working on that with Binghamton.  Defense prospect wise has seen a boon with the acquisition of Runblad and Cowan waiting.  The future on the blueline will remain very promising.

If the sens get some top-line talent out of their draft picks and develop them, they should be back to the finals sooner rather than later.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 07/25/11 at 07:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The lowest? Daigle, Yashin, Heatley, Paddock’s tie, that damned gladiator opening up the playoffs a few seasons back? Take your pick.

Wasn’t a gladiator, it was a spartiate phalanx soldier.  The embarassing part wasn’t the corniness of it, it was that somehow nobody stepped up to say “Wait, we’re the Senators, with a roughly Roman motif.  Probably using a Greek soldier form a completely different era even isn’t a good idea…

Anyhow, at least you don’t draft like the Thrashers did.

Who was in Bingo last year as Sens property that got a ring?  Any of them close to moving up yet, aside form Lehner?  I admit, my interest in following Ottawa’s system has been mostly-lost because of the recent missteps.

Posted by Primis on 07/26/11 at 12:51 AM ET

Dakkster's avatar

statelouis26 should educate himself a bit about what’s in Ottawa’s system. They have solid prospects for every roster position and in 2-3 years they should be really competitive again. Spezza, Zibanejad, Regin and Konopka/plug down the middle, Butler, Michalek, Condra and Neil on the right wing and Filatov, Greening and maybe Puempel or Noesen have gotten to the big show by then too. Otherwise Hoffman can play in the bottom six on the left wing. They’re stacked at D with Phillips, Rundblad, Karlsson, Cowen, Weircioch, etc and they have Anderson and Lehner in net. A very well rounded team that’ll be flying in a few years.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 07/27/11 at 12:26 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Look forward to reading!

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/28/11 at 12:41 AM ET

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