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Senators Dominate in Alfie’s New House
Any way you slice it, tonight's game was an important one for the Ottawa Senators. It was a chance to get an important two points against a division rival, a chance to bounce back on the road after a home loss in a game they probably should have won, and…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/23/13 | Comments 0

Heatley and Melnyk Settle Grievance
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the final chapter of the Dany Heatley trade demand saga has finally come to an end. Sens owner Eugene Melnyk had filed a grievance against Heatley and his agent J.P. Barry, which was being defended by the NHLPA, aleging financial losses from Heatley's refusal…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/22/13 | Comments 1

Senators Take Home Opener 5-2 Over Snakebitten Devils
The Senators started their season with a difficult road trip in which they were brutally outshot by their opposition and suffered from a severe lack of discipline and an inability to hold on to leads when they had them. Somehow, though, they returned to Ottawa for tonight's home opener having…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/17/13 | Comments 0

Battle of Ontario: Sens Fall to the Leafs in the Shootout
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…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/05/13 | Comments 0

Senators Win Goaltending Duel in Buffalo
Updated 10:45pm with video from NHL.com As I write this post, David Poile's Predators are down by one in Denver. (update: now down by 2 as I post it) But he should probably still be a happy man - because two of the guys competing for his attention in hopes…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/04/13 | Comments 0

Not Drafted, but Not Lying Either - Newest Supreme Court Justice
Yesterday it was reported that Canada's newest Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon may have fibbed to a Parliamentary committee when he said he had been drafted at the age of 14 by the Detroit Red Wings (prior to abandoning his hockey dreams to pursue his legal dreams.) Today His Honour…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/03/13 | Comments 4

Did Canada’s Newest Supreme Court Nominee Lie About Being Drafted by the Red Wings?
Federal Court of Appeal Justice Marc Nadon is Prime Minister Stephen Harper's pick to fill a vacancy on the nation's top Court. However, while his nomination was being reviewed by a Parliamentary committee (usually a pro-forma exercise in Canada), he let it slip that the red ermine lined robes of…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/02/13 | Comments 4

Sens Robin Lehner Buys Alfie’s House - but gets the short end of the stick.
One of the things Daniel Aflredsson famously did during his time in Ottawa was regularly play host to the Senators' Swedish prospects at his family's Kanata home whenever they were splitting their time between the big club and the farm team in Binghamton, NY.  It looks like at least one…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/02/13 | Comments 0

Erik Karlsson is Not Happy with his Internet Service
Apparently having a Norris Trophy on your mantle doesn't get you any further with Canadian internet providers. Via the Huffington Post: Ottawa Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson might make $6.5 million a year and is probably one of the most gifted players in the NHL, but that doesn't mean that…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 10/01/13 | Comments 5

Melnyk High on Sens, Low on Cash?
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk spoke to the media at the opening of the 'Sens Mile' on Ottawa's Elgin Street today.  There were a few questions about the team on the ice, and how far they might be able to go in the reorganized Atlantic division after losing Daniel Alfredsson and…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/27/13 | Comments 4

Pick Your Battles?
The Ottawa Senators recently sent out this picture as part of their marketting campaign for the upcoming season:     Is there anything wrong with using images of hockey fights to sell tickets, or is it just part of the game? Thanks to Habs blogger Dennis Kane for the pic. 
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/25/13 | Comments 3

Brief Panic in Senators Nation as Spezza not at Practice (no, he’s not injured)
There was a brief panic in Senators Nation this morning afterr numerous reports out of the Canadian Tire Centre  that Jason Spezza - the team's newly minted Captain who was expected to centre the Senators top line with Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan for tonight's pre-season matchup in Montreal -…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/25/13 | Comments 0

Senators Ranked Top Sports Franchise in Canada - ESPN the Magazine
As was noted earlier, ESPN the magazine ranked the Ottawa Sentors quite highly in their recent 'Ultimate Team Rankings'. In addition to having been ranked in the top 10 franchises overall, they were ranked the top spors franchise in Canada.  Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder weighed in on the ranking:…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/23/13 | Comments 0

‘Fan Equity’: Ottawa vs. Detroit
George’s recent post has turned me on to Emory University’s ranking of what they’ve called ‘social media equity’ among NHL fan-bases (Detroit was first – congratulations) and the broader work they’ve done on sports marketing statistics. My Senators have not done well in these rankings. Ottawa ranked 26th in the…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/19/13 | Comments 1

Senators’ Bryan Murray Talks Senators Captaincy, Potential Trades
The Ottawa Senators' GM spoke with the Team 1200 Ottawa about the team's new (post-Alfredsson) leadership group, and in particular the 8th Captain in the modern history of the franchise, Jason Spezza. Listen here Murray revealed that he asked Spezza some important questions that he needed to get answers to…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/18/13 | Comments 0

BizNasty to appeal suspension?
According to Sarah McLellan of AzCentral sports, the Coyotes' Paul Bisonette's agent has said he will be appealing the 10 game automatic suspension he received after leaving the bench to fight the Kings' Jordan Nolan:   #Coyotes Paul Bissonnette will be appealing his 10-game suspension, according to his agent, Mark…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/18/13 | Comments 0

Arena Wars: Chris Daniels Speaks to Bob McCown
Chris Daniels, who has reported extensively on Seattle's arena situation for Seattle's King5 TV, spoke to Sportsnet Radio 590's Bob McCown about the Arena process and the prospect of the NHL coming to Seattle and playing in the existing Key Arena. Includes a discussion about whether the NHL could come…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/18/13 | Comments 0

Arena Wars: Sacramento Arena Opponents Acquire Hansen Signatures
A Sacramento group opposed to a tax payer funded arena proposal - Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, or STOP - has announced that it has acquired 18,000 Signatures paid for by Chris Hansen, the proponent of Seattle's Arena bid, and plans to use them to get a measure on the…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/17/13 | Comments 0

Markham Arena Proposal has New Financial Framework
Even as the NHL is keeping its eye on a proposed Arena in Seattle, a group that has been pushing for an Arena in Markham, Ontario (just North of Toronto) has come forward with a new financing proposal that they hope will breath new life into their plan for a…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/17/13 | Comments 0

Senators Sign 2013 1st Rounder Curtis Lazar
The Ottawa Senators announced the signing of 2013 first rounder Curtis Lazar to an Entry Level Contract. From the Club's official release: The 6-0, 196-pound centre has recorded 93 points (58 goals, 35 assists) and 103 penalty minutes over 141 career WHL contests, all of which have occurred with the…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/17/13 | Comments 0

NHL Watching as Seattle Arena Inches Forward
The NHL is apparently watching closely as Seattle's Downtown Design Review Board gets ready for tonight's public review of the design for a proposed NHL/NBA Arena spearheaded by local investor Chris Hansen. Sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, believe the NHL is now watching the status of the project,…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/17/13 | Comments 6

Hartnell Asked for His Papers
Scotty Hartnell, not playing tonight, was filmed on his entry to the rink - where he was asked to show his credentials by a friendly, but persistant, member of the Air Canada Centre Staff. Sportsnet has the video:   Embarassing, but at least Hartnell has never been camera shy. 
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/16/13 | Comments 0

Jeff Halpern off to Finland
Former NHLer Jeff Halpern has signed with TPS HC in the Finnish Elite League:   Former #Habs forward Jeff Halpern has signed in TPS in Finland. — CanadiensTalk (@HabsTalk11) September 16, 2013   Halpern had 3 points in 46 games split between the Rangers and the Canadiens last season. He…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/16/13 | Comments 0

Alain Vigneault Adjusts to Life in “la Grosse Pomme”
New Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault spoke to RDS' Stéphane Leroux about adjusting to life in New York City (roughly translated by yours truly): We're getting used to the big city. Before I had a five minute drive to work, maybe fifteen if I walked slowly. In New York, I'm 25…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/16/13 | Comments 0

Senators Start Answering Questions in the Pre-season
Going into the first pre-season game of the year, Ottawa Senators' fans had a few questions. Two of the most pressing questions are whether or not Erik Karlsson will be able to fully recover from having his Achilles' tendon partially severed by the skate blade of Matt Cooke and return…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/16/13 | Comments 0

Caps Defeat Jets in Kraft Hockeyville
The Caps and the Jets took to the big ice in Belleville, Ontario for Kraft Hockeyville with a mix of both teams' stars and a few youngsters vying for jobs.   Alex Ovechkin made the trip for the Caps - and even stayed in the game after being bloodied by…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/14/13 | Comments 2

That Damn Twitter!
For a guy who says he doesn't want to treat his players like little kids, John Tortorella seems to be doing his best impression of every overbearing, buzzkill parent that has appeared in a rock video or teen movie in the last thirty years. Tortorella recently opined that he doesn't…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/14/13 | Comments 0

Jason Spezza Announced as Senators’ Captain
Updated @ 6:41 pm: Video of the Spezza press conference is now on the Senators website. Unfortunately, we still can't embed NHL videos until the league works out the glitch in their new player.  The Senators have announced that Jason Spezza will step into the vacant skates of Daniel Alfredsson…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/14/13 | Comments 2

Cowen’s Deal Looks for a Bright Future, and Forgets the Troubled Past:
According to reports, Jared Cowen will sign with the Ottawa Senators for a price tag of $12.4 million over the next four seasons. In terms of average salary, that would would make the 9th overall pick in 2009 the second highest paid defenceman on the team, behind only Erik Karlsson.…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/14/13 | Comments 0

Gambling the Franchise?
I'd like to introduce you to a new KK blogger, Da lil Guy. I am sure the name sounds familar to some of you, he is active in the comment sections throughout the KK blogs and has been a member for over 3 years. His team is the Ottawa Senators…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/13/13 | Comments 2

Spezza’s Time to Shine?
I'd like to introduce you to our newest KK blogger, Da lil Guy. I am sure the name sounds familar to some of you, he is active in the comment sections throughout the KK blogs and has been a member for over 3 years. His team is the Ottawa Senators…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/13/13 | Comments 2

AHL All Star Classic to feature inter-league game with Färjestad BK
The American Hockey League is apparently looking to build on the hockey connections between Sweden and North America, and build a little rivalry in the process. The
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/10/13 | Comments 0

Bobby Ryan Asks…What do you know about Bobby Ryan?
Bobby Ryan took on the role of a 'Sens TV' reporter, and asked some Sens fans what they know about...Bobby Ryan.     If there's been good news about the Senators in the media this off season, it's mostly been about the deal the Senators made to bring in Ryan,…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/10/13 | Comments 0

That OTHER rookie tournament - Sens impressions.
As some will be aware, the Senators, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Blackhawks recently conducted their annual rookie tournament in London Ontario. I had a chance to attend Saturday's games - including the Sens 4-3 shootout win over Chicago, and the Leafs 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh. I also paid attention…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 09/09/13 | Comments 0

Questioning God (AKA Daniel Alfredsson)
At some point on Thursday, the Ottawa sports media will be stirred from the sleepy doldrums of summer to meet with the man who was, until recently, the longest serving captain in the NHL and the dominant face of the Ottawa Senators franchise. They'll get to question him on why he chose…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 08/13/13 | Comments 2

“This isn’t philantrophy”
By now, most with any interest in the drama surrounding Daniel Alfredsson's departure from Ottawa will be aware of most of the story. Paul has linked to James Gordon's great piece in Senators Extra where he interviewed Sens owner Eugene Melnyk (insert CSI joke here...and now that that's out of…
Posted by Da lil Guy on 08/12/13 | Comments 19