I had a chance to speak with Daniel Alfredsson yesterday, by which I mean I was able to get a hold of a transcript of his conference call. Nevermind how I came of it, it yielded some interesting thoughts regardless, on the team, the new season, and the challenges ahead, and I’d like to share some of them with you.
Gerber feels ready to start the new season with the #1 job his to lose, the end of Alfie’s days in Ottawa could be closer than you would think even as it is anything but likely to happen, and the short training camp gives way to a battle with the Rangers tonight as the new team tries to bring themselves together.
Chris Neil is ready to contribute however he can this season, Vermette is ready to score in a more offensive and responsible role, Gerber and Auld not convincing everyone that they are ready to lead the way in net despite their class and talent, and the battle to be our D has no shortage of competitors or options.
I’ve been to a lot of games over the years as a fan. Ok, that’s probably a false statement, since it’s not easy to catch the Sens from the Leafs’ backyard, but I get out, turn on, or tune in whenever I can. As a fan, I can just sit back and relax, and enjoy the show, maybe with a beer while decked out in every piece of Sens branded glory I can find.
This past weekend was a whole different ballgame for me though, as I took off my Ottawa Senators slippers, and put on my writer’s hat to try my hand at covering the Rookie Tournament in Kitchener.
I’ll say this to start off, I like to look at the news each day, a tradition started on my blog’s old home, and see what is out there with respect to the Sens. Every day, at some point, you should find an entry by me, letting you know where to find some interesting stories. Yes, some you might have gone looking for anyways, and I do like to keep a fairly consistent, if widespread, net out to get as much news about the Sens as possible. I’ll also contribute some thoughts of my own on the headlines, so you can get a quick idea of what’s out there, and also why it matters (or why it might not). With that in mind…
Today could be your lucky day as players are led by Alfie to deliver tickets to fans, the team gets a fresh start under Hartsburg with a new lineup and a hope that common goals can unite and strengthen the Sens, Carkner is willing to fight for a chance to play in the NHL as a right wing, and Winchester gets to play with the big boys as Hartsburg tries out some line combos to try to find that balanced attack we missed so much last year.
I once started a humble little ‘senshobo’ blog on the web, thinking hobo was a fitting title for myself and my position in the hockey universe (or lack thereof).
I remember being astonished the first time my blog was viewed more than ten times in a single day, and flabbergasted when a fellow blogger would link to my humble little piece of the web.
Now, I find myself wondering just what I’ve gotten myself into.
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.
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