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Musings On The Salary Cap

In a story that I posted the other day, Melnyk had this to say on the subject of a potential Alfredsson contract extension:

“What we’d like is to come up with something so he is a Senator for life,” Melnyk said here yesterday morning. “We have to be realistic about what we can do and where the economy is headed. We’ll see what happens.”

It got me thinking about how the economy affects - and now threatens - NHL teams in our current salary cap world, bringing me back to the notion I shared in my second ever blog post: what a better salary cap might look like.

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Sens Defeat Frolunda, But Lose Fisher

  • Ottawa beats Frolunda 4-1 in their final excitement-filled pre-season game.
  • Fisher is injured in win, uncertain of his status for Saturday’s regular season opener.
  • Alfredsson contract talks set to begin with an initial offer on Saturday from J.P. Barry.
  • Sens lose depth as Isbister and Nikulin make plans of their own.

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Sens ready for the big show

  • Alfie lets reporters into his town and his family’s home, showing his truly inspiring nature.
  • Today’s pre-season game has Frolunda, the team and its town, fully stoked.
  • The case for making Alfie a Sens lifer.

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82 games, so few of them for me

Earlier today, Alanah pointed us to Paul’s NHL.com blog, where he shared a smidgen of his love of hockey with us. We were reminded of what a boost we get from hockey, and how it gives us such excitement, whether our team is set to clinch a playoff berth, or merely to win a well-played game from a lower position in the standings.

He even has Center Ice and NHL GameCenter Live ordered to light up his many, many screens. But how are we doing? How do we find our fix, considering not everyone has the same opportunity to enjoy the game?

One thousand two hundred and thirty (1230) games will fill our regular season from October through a bit of April, not to mention the pre-season and playoff games. As for me, it’s no secret which 82 games I’m most keen to watch, and yet the question that remains is will I have the opportunity to?

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A Flood of Sens Stories

  • Schubert not liking his switch to forward.
  • Alfie’s trip home keeps the excitement level high.
  • Some thoughts on Alfie’s potential contract extension.
  • Murray talks about the team and its potential.
  • Hartsburg wants two-way contributions from all players.
  • For the first year, the expectations are low for the Senators.
  • A rundown of the new Senators players.
  • Hartsburg only one of a slew of new coaches.
  • A positional preview of what to expect from the Sens this season.
  • A well of hope gushes from Karlsson’s potential.

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A King’s Welcome for Alfie

  • The Sens’ top line of Heatley, Spezza, and Alfredsson will be reunited.
  • Alfredsson receives a hero’s welcome in Gothenburg.
  • Melnyk and Murray prepare to talk extension with Alfredsson’s agent.
  • Erik Karlsson, our 1st round pick in 08, will be a bonus to view in Sweden.
  • Murray is not interested in trying to get Khabibulin off of waivers.

Update: 9:30AM EST

  • Schubert will not play defence this season.


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The Senators Accompany their Swedish Captain Home

The Sens are in Sweden getting ready to start the season, and the team is ready to start finding chemistry with their manageable roster and forced together in the middle of a foreign land.

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Ottawa’s Win Leaves the Team Ready to Visit Europe

The North American pre-season ended on a positive note last night as the Sens beat the Habs 3-1, with Foligno playing a first-star game with energy and success all over the ice, and a few more roster decisions set the team up to begin their European expedition.

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Habs Humble Sens

There was not much delight to be found last night as the Sens lost 5-0 to the Habs other than the assurance that there won’t be much time to dwell on it before the rematch in Ottawa tonight or the flight to Europe the following morning, but there is always some good to be found as Winchester continues to be a steady presence on the top line, and as Alfie might be signing an extension soon over some discussions between his agent and Sens management in Europe.

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About SENShobo

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.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net


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