A 6-3 loss to Calgary, division basement losing to another division’s leader; no surprise there, especially with all the buzz surrounding several Ottawa players. Spezza dropping the gloves for a questionable Phaneuf hit on Heatley ranks as the biggest surprise, that an ill Auld was pulled after three weak goals over two periods was not.
Schubert got showcased, Kuba potted his second goal of the season, and now we are just about ready to believe any fanciful rumour that crosses our screen these last six hours before all moves have been made.
Last trade update: 10:15 AM EST
Tonight, the Senators will host the Flames, once again longing to show that they have what it takes to compete with top teams, hopeful of a quick rebound that has been slow in coming, after last year’s playoff sweep.
Admit it though, the closest interest you have to this game is to see who is and who isn’t playing, be they in the press box or on a plane.
Have you picked up some beer and nachos yet? Set up televisions side by side to compare coverage?
T-minus 55 hours or so until all the cards will be on the table. Question is, will the Senators get to play any?
According to TSN, Martin Gerber has cleared waivers.
I had been wondering what would have happened to Binghamton’s playoff hopes had Gerber cleared, if Glass might get a Pogge-like evaluation and Elliott sent back down to help lead the team to a strong finish and postseason.
Secretly, I’d hoped for the Rangers to pick him up. Not because they need him, not because there’s anything wrong with Valiquette, but because Gerber’s passive, accepting, never complain attitude would have been very fun to see Tortorella have fun with, or show the Rangers how to deal with upsetting seasons by staying positive and focused.
Well now, that was interesting, wasn’t it? The team with the best record in the League strolls into town after a loss to another powerhouse, and for a while things actually looked surprisingly within reach.
But, like any house of cards, it was bound to come tumbling down soon. It’s just like the last year, something that needs to be moved beyond. Besides, trade talk is far more exciting, isn’t it? (now with actual quotes)
Almost the end of February now, relaxing still is no easy task. Taking on the San Jose Sharks tonight certainly won’t help the cause. Detroit defeated them last night, but being Detroit is no easy task either.
Really though, all you’re interested in at the moment is trades, isn’t it? The swap with the Isles was as though it all came too soon, and you’re left still wanting more.
Yesterday I posted a story regarding a Violence in Hockey Symposium, a good quick read with some very telling tales.
It’s a far cry from a strong League-wide open discussion or stance on the issue, but that day will come.
Fighting will never completely disappear from the game, but evolution is only natural, with more issues entwined herein than a Buffalo-Ottawa melee.
So it’s official now. Eight teams will make the playoffs, but at least a pair of hopefuls will be denied.
Last night, Ottawa’s 4-2 win over Carolina has the Sens effectively choosing one of those teams it will play spoiler to.
Who in Ottawa was all that sad to see Corvo leave without getting a chance to smile, or score a single point?
From the CP, via TSN,
Former NHL referee-in-chief Bryan Lewis says fighting in hockey is on the way out.
Lewis was part of a Violence in Hockey Symposium staged Tuesday by the Middlesex-London Health Unit, a gathering of hockey officials, coaches, media members and a former professional player at the London Convention Centre.
“I believe the screw is finally being turned,” Lewis said in an interview.
“I think it’s slowly being removed from the game.”
The symposium, attended by 98 coaches, trainers and administrators, sought recommendations leading to a decrease in injuries resulting from gratuitous violence on the ice.”
Read on for some very good points and telling tales. I expect I will be adding to this discussion sometime this week.
A few days to clear their heads, the Senators are back at it tonight.
Is everyone fully prepared to admit that only the dreaded foe of mathematics has yet to eliminate them?
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Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.
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