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The Improving Ottawa Senators

from Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra at the Ottawa Citizen,

Paul MacLean works on a small time frame. During games, he goes from one timeout to the next, from one goal to the next, from one period to the next.

His team is a work in progress. One day he expects it will be pretty good, but he’s not about to say that it is today.

“I see this team improving just a little bit every day, just like we talked about at training camp,” he said on Friday. “We’re building a foundation for something down the road when we’re going to be good, and that takes doing a little bit better every day.

“We’ve seen this team get better. We’ve seen it be bad and improve, and show great character and learn what it takes to win and how to win, and those are all very good building blocks to build that foundation we’re talking about.

“So I think with every one of those blocks we put in, it gets a little more stable.

“I don’t think it’s the Great Wall of China yet, but it’s all positive signs.”

Jason Spezza, the team’s most valuable player so far, said the players are feeling a lot better about themselves.


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WingMan's avatar

Let’s see…

They beat Minnesota at home, Winnipeg, Columbus and Florida at home.  If they could not win those games they might have been looking at a 0-82 season.  Only win that is somewhat decent was the road win in Carolina.

When this team wins a game they should not, let me know and I’ll be impressed.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 10/29/11 at 02:10 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

^ Well gee, he’s hardly saying they’re a threat to win it all (or even make the playoffs), but MacLean is definitely getting all he can from the team. Takes character to win two games in the last minute. Contrast that to the disappointing start in Montreal, for example.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 10/29/11 at 04:11 PM ET

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