- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Maturity the key to succeeding in a team-first Senators game, defensive responsibility the key to winning and turning the corner from last season, full committment and dedication from the players expected to take the team to greater heights, Winchester working hard to prove his worth while staying grounded, and a few roster updates for tonight’s game.
The Sens beat the Flyers 3-1 last night as a solid team effort helped cover up a few individual lapses, the roster on defence remains full as the last few slots are still in play for all contenders, and the Sens trim their roster to continue the slow task of determining the best fit for the team this season.
Always a fan of predictions (since what else can you do, or would you want to do, at this point in the season), I happily stumbled upon a very targeted one for this season.
The stab in the dark? That the Ottawa Senators will finish the upcoming season ahead of the Montreal Canadiens. Whether or not this is a series of jabs at the Habs, or a rose-coloured lens on the Sens, I cannot be entirely sure.
Yet, somehow, I can’t stop wondering whether or not he may be onto something.
Alfie ready to go tonight after recovering from a sore groin, Hartsburg will ice a more prepared team tonight after reminding the team to keep a consistent playing style, Murray has plenty of positive things to say about his team and his staff even as he has plenty of roster trimming left to do, Heatley looking to step up his responsibility by trying to earn Redden’s ‘A’, Darth Gerber returns with what could be a menacing new mask that gives hope that he can strike back at last season and wage wars of revenge around the league for our disappointments last season, and Murray remembers his last NHL trip to Sweden as an experience not to repeat.
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