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Short Bittersweet Senators Notes

Today is a brutally busy day. No, Murray isn’t selling the farm, I’ve just got more to do than usual, so no deep thinking, just some highlights.

Paul posted this yesterday, but it’s not until you read into the story of goalie masks that you find the good storylines on Elliott. I liked his mask to start with, but a little personal touch and story to go with it ices the cake very nicely.

Clouston likes what he sees, or at least the response he’s getting from guys in practice. I like turnovers too, who doesn’t? Maybe more surprising was that he had the first two power play units out for a special practice 30 minutes before the rest of the team, and no heads had to roll.

Also according to the Ottawa Citizen, the Senators seem to have an impatient fan base, and are trying to do whatever it takes to get fans in seats. I have heard before that Ottawa does more of that price reducing, giveaway style ticket selling than any other Canadian team. Of course, they are also playing more poorly than any other Canadian team. It will be a while before fans can see hope from the coaching change and any trades that may happen, and hope is needed to bring the fans back to full fighting force.

Lots of trading to do, or at least to hope for, also posted by Paul. If Kuba is a nice guy, he will help the team out in one way (waiving his NTC) or another (coming back for reasonable dollars), rather than pulling a no-no Redden move. Interestingly, the notion that Murray wants picks and prospects more than roster players is a little cute and fanciful. Yes, cap hits go down near the end of the season, but few teams will take on money without springing contracts loose the other way, forced by low cap space or low waste dollar tolerance. If anything, that move suggests Murray might make more fans in Binghamton, should he stock them deep enough with prospects from trades and from the picks he could get for this June, perhaps filling the team with enough talent that no amount of callups could tear it to brutal little bits.

To speak of Binghamton, Hunt will be taking the head coaching job, I wish him the best. Regin was sent down in time to record an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Rampage. That would be the team we traded Nikulin to. He got boos, cross-checks, and had numbers in the shot and penalty column, but none in the points column, what more could you want. Shannon was also called up, perhaps giving him a chance again to play with the big guys after rehab from his elbowed concussion, perhaps because Clouston knows best how to use him, Watch out for Chara and his at-your-head shoulders. They will hurt tonight.

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Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

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