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Sens Talk / Re: Bryan Murray's Shopping List
« on: August 07, 2008, 09:31:18 PM »
I get frustrated at times with Spezza too but I like his stats overall for a relatively young player in the League.  Sure, he has to step it up more as he goes along and I, too, will be irritated as the next fan if his game deteriorates rather than improves but I still believe in his potential to be a top-5 centre in this League.   :nod:

There is a guy named Alan Ryder who already has Spezza ranked as the #5 centre in the league based on an in depth statistical analysis of the 2008 season. Ryder's work is very interesting and revealing in the way he applies way more than just shots, goals, assists and plus/minus stats to rank players.

His reports are pretty technical but still worth a quick read, especially if you're planning a fantasy team for this season.
http://hockeyanalytics.com/Research_files/2008_NHL_Review.pdf

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Introductions / Re: Sens Network - Need Your Advice
« on: August 07, 2008, 08:43:15 PM »
Vegas I was just wondering how did your trip to Ottawa go?  Please fill us in.

Ummm, you know that February 2009 is in the future  . . .right ?

Whew!! Thanks butter, after reading the post by sens hockey, I thought I'd overslept and missed my own vacation.

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Sens Talk / Re: Bryan Murray's Shopping List
« on: August 01, 2008, 03:09:14 PM »
I do think that Murray will still add a defenseman, and I'm praying that it will not be Andrej Mezsaros.  However, it does seem that he's the most likely candidate at this point in my opinion.

Last thing, if Murray does make a trade, I'm betting that it involves players and teams that no one has mentioned.  It won't be Bieksa, or Salo, or the Chicago guys, but it will be a solid player, and that's one you can take to the bank.  That's just Murray's way.

I was serious about McLaren. There was a rumor a few weeks ago that Murray had an interest. There is talk today that Mezsaros may be considering the KHL (could be for leverage only) so if you're looking to add an veteran, affordable ($2.5M) D-man, McLaren could be your guy. In San Jose he's the most likely victim of the cap now that we've signed Clowe for $1.6M and are over the cap. Signing Rob Blake for $5M makes McLaren expendable. He had some knee problems that kept him on the shelf for a while last season and he doesn't skate well anymore but if he's healthy, he could be a good pick-up for you.

BTW Moxie, I loved the KMac highlight hits but you left out my personal favorite on Petr Cajanek (2nd clip on the reel).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4oDRmrjPIs

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Introductions / Re: Sens Network - Need Your Advice
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:26:22 PM »
Thanks for the tips guys, they are greatly appreciated.

That is some serious snowfall in that photo. Let's hope there's not a repeat this winter. A skate on the Canal would be awesome (anyone know the spot where the old Sens kicked the Cup into the Canal?). As for the 67's, I really wanted to do that because of all the Sharks connections to the team, but they will be on the road while I'm in Ottawa, but I'll definitely try to get to one OHL or QMJHL game somewhere on the trip. Looks like I'll arrive too late for Winterlude also.

Planning to do the tourist thing to The Hill, after all I am a tourist, but I'd be interested in other sights that are a must see or any great restaurants popular with locals.

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Sens Talk / Re: Bryan Murray's Shopping List
« on: July 31, 2008, 06:19:08 PM »
So, any thoughts on Bryan Murray's shopping list then?  ;)
Yeah, I pretty sure Doug Wilson will give him Kyle McLaren for a bag of practice pucks.

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Sens Talk / Re: Bryan Murray's Shopping List
« on: July 31, 2008, 05:11:22 PM »
Greetings from Las Vegas. Yeah, like the handle says, I'm a Sharks fan. Before the villagers break out the flaming torches to run me out of town let me say that above all, I'm a fan of the great game of hockey. I may drop by from time to time to offer my opinions and I will always be respectful of the fact that this is the SensNetwork.

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Interesting discussion about Spezza. The way some of you who see him play regularly describe him, reminds me of a player I'm very familiar with. Being a centerman, drafted #2 over all and the fact that some fans question his overall commitment and wouldn't mind seeing him traded, reminds me of Patrick Marleau. Marleau is constantly the subject of trade rumors in the media and on message boards mainly because many people feel that, with all the talent he has, he should be a more dominant player.

While I would definitely rate Spezza above Marleau offensively, I don't know enough about other aspects of his game or his leadership abilities to rate him overall except to think that he is probably one of the top 8-10 centers in the league. Personally, I think that some of the things that have been sorted out internally this offseason will only help guys like Spezza become more focused. I see him as an important part of the Sens success and I think he would be missed if he were traded.

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BTW, I'm planning to visit Ottawa to attend the Sharks-Sens game on February 26th. I've started a thread in the Introductions section here and I'd appreciate any advice that you folks might have to share.
http://sensnetwork.com/sensforum/index.php?topic=22894.0

Thanks,
Vegas

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Introductions / Sens Network - Need Your Advice
« on: July 31, 2008, 04:03:28 PM »
Greetings from Las Vegas. This is my first post here and I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.

First, I'll introduce myself. As you can probably tell from my handle I'm a Sharks fan. But above all, I am a fan of the great game of hockey. I was born and raised in Chicago and followed the Hawks when I was a kid, back in the Original 6 days. After moving to Northern California to pursue a career in music I became a Sharks fan when they came into the league in 1991. As a subscriber to the Centre Ice package (gotta see my Sharks play) I regularly watch as many games from around the league as possible. I enjoy watching Senators games whenever possible because I see the Sens as the Eastern Conference version of my Sharks. Loads of talent, rabid fans and always a contender that always seems to come up a little short of skating the Big Shiny Thing.

Which brings me to my second point.

I'm in the early stages of planning a trip back east to see the Sharks play in Detroit, Ottawa and Montreal in late February 2009. It may just be a solo venture or I might be bringing a few other Sharks fans with me. Having never been to Ottawa before, I'd be interested in any information you would like to share. I'd be particularly interested in things to see and do kind of advice. Most of all, I'd like to explore anything related to hockey history and of course, information on how to score good seats to the game on February 26th.

I have lived and worked in the entertainment industry in Las Vegas for 10 years so if anyone here needs inside advice on Las Vegas, I'd be happy to help. I'd like to also extend an invitation for you to visit my regular board http://www.letsgosharks.com/forums/ It's the best "unofficial" Sharks board around. Don't be put off by how sparse the membership looks. The board has been up for over four years now but we just recently upgraded to the IP 2.2 forum software and lost our entire database in the process.

Thanks,
Vegas

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