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Sens Talk / Here lies...
« on: April 21, 2010, 02:05:05 AM »
another failed playoff run. We are left answering the same questions we do every year. Why didn't our big guns perform? What happened to our goaltending? After games one and two, I believed we had a solid goaltending and Elliot was the only reason why we won game 1 and had a chance to win game 2. Our team showed hustle, and in game 1, a type of resilience I had never seen from a Sens team in the playoffs. They weren't playing not to lose, they were playing to win. Personally, after game 1 I thought we had a real chance at this series.

Games 3 and 4, the entire team laid an egg in front of the home crowd, even our goalie. Any progress we made in Pittsburgh was quickly quashed in Ottawa. Unacceptable play. They showed signs of life in game 4, somewhat but can't stop the Pens' big guns and can't get a win on home ice even with Pittsburgh having questionable goaltending of their own.

Yes, we have Kovalev, Michalek and Kuba out. That definitely hurts the team and gives players like Brooks O less to worry about but the Pens just did a better job adjusting to problems. Crosby and Malkin just seem to have their way with the Sens defense. Nothing stops them and I think the season ends in game 5.

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Sens Talk / The Senators after Alfredsson
« on: January 23, 2010, 07:00:03 PM »
I know this question will come up more and more as Alfredsson's retirement looms (because it will come sooner rather than later) but this latest winning streak has only magnified his importance to this team. My question is: Do you think the Sens have done enough to fill the eventual void, both with offensive productivity and leadership for Alfredsson's eventual departure? Does the future 'face of the franchise' already play for this team or will a new one be done through a 'quick fix' with a big name free-agency signing down the road? Is it too early to be thinking about that?


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Sens Talk / Christmas Evaluation
« on: December 26, 2009, 04:04:39 PM »
The Sens are 18-15-4   on the season pretty close to the halfway point. They have 40 points, sit in 7th but are only 1 point up on 9th. How do you feel about their performance? Have they met, failed to meet, or exceeded your expectations so far?

Personally, I think they're pretty close to where I thought they would be...but I was expecting this with a completely healthy roster. At the beginning of the season if you told me that by Christmas the injury bug would have hit the team this hard AND spezza, kovalev and cheecho were playing this poorly but the team would still be in 7th in the conference, I'd take it.

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Sens Talk / Kovalev/Cheechoo Progress report
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:18:49 PM »
Unfortunately I haven't had much (or any) chance to watch my Sens this season so far. I've been relegated to watching tsn.ca game highlights and reading the box score which doesn't really give me much info, other than the score (and that the Sens stole a win in TO...) So I guess what I'm getting at here is how have the new recruits been doing?

Kovalev looks to be getting good ice time but only has 2 more shots than penalty minutes and no points to show

Cheechoo, withe less ice time, appears to be fairing better with one assist and 5 shots.

Are these stats telling of their play on ice or have they been actually contributing, just not statistically?

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Sens Talk / What the Leclair Trade Really Means
« on: March 07, 2009, 12:51:52 PM »
Incase we haven't already been a victim of it, welcome to the salary cap era. While some people criticize Murray for picking up Leclair at the deadline, I, to a certain degree applaud it and think it was a good move. We got rid of Vermette, a player who has been under achieving in Ottawa for years, and picked up a potentially promising goalie plus a second round pick. Looking at other posts and seeing what kind of salary we are committing to players next season, I think the pick up of Leclair was our only option for goaltending, other than Brian Elliot. Backstrom resigned with the Wild long-term so he's out of the picture.

So how does this tie into the salary cap? The only legit goalies in the free agency pool coming up this summer are either Tim Thomas or Manny Fernandez, whichever the Bruins decide not to sign, and the Bruins bringing them both back is not entirely impossible. But lets play devils advocate here. Let's say Fernandez or Thomas don't sign with the B's because they want to test the free agent waters. Now, you're going to have a bidding war for the only legit goalie coming up this year, who will probably command a lot more than Leclair will be making, primarily because that will be what the market dictates. We could not even price ourselves in Fenandez or Thomas' ballpark simply because of salary commitments elsewhere. So, instead, we get a promising young goalie for probably 2/3rds of the cost, a second round pick, and we get vermette off the books. I think that's a pretty good deal to me.

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Sens Talk / Thought we could use a bit of a pick-me up
« on: February 16, 2009, 10:18:10 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-muR0h9FY

Do you remember where you were at this moment?

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Sens Talk / Rooting against the Sens? / tank or keep going? [merged x2]
« on: February 08, 2009, 01:06:39 PM »
It may have come to that for me this season. The Sens won't make the playoffs, that's a pretty safe bet. But I think something that will take the sting away from this abysmal season is getting John Tavares first overall. So do I dare cheer against them to help make that a reality? I think the worst thing this team can do is believe they can make the playoffs, because there is no realistic chance of that. If they by some miracle get a string of wins together, all they will be doing is lowering their odds of a good pick. That's how teams stay mediocre. They finish between 9th and 12th in the conference ever year, get a so-so draft pick and keep finishing 9th - 12th. Nope, here's to tanking for the reason, here's to a high first round pick!

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Sens Talk / You know it's a bad season when...
« on: December 28, 2008, 12:40:30 AM »
Just wanted to start this thread so we can all laugh at what a dumpster fire this season is turning into for our Sens. This is my contribution:

You know it's a bad season when:

Renee Bourque scores a hat trick on you.

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Sens Talk / The State of the Union
« on: December 17, 2008, 12:36:21 AM »
My fellow Sens fans,

Our team is in a state of turmoil. Not one which can be pinned to one player, but rather can be pinned on year after year of not adequately addressing the core problems this team has: goaltending and secondary scoring. Not two seasons ago, this team, well not this team but a Sens team was in the Stanley Cup finals and while most will say that the core players from that team are still here, which to a large extent is true, they are not playing like they for the latter part of that season and into the playoffs. I have been a Sens fan since the team's inception into the league and, like a lot of you, lived through years of bad Sens teams including the one road win in the team's inaugural year. Being a Sens fan for many years meant just being proud that Canada's captial had a team to cheer for. Sure they lost, but they were our team. I have always tried to be optimistic about this team year in year out, creating expectations that this team has unfortunately never been able to live up to. However, my only expectation of this team, even now, will be to just make the playoffs and bow out in the first round. If they make the playoffs, and I stress the word "if", it will not be because of consistently good play, but rather a hot streak that propels them in, however it pains me to say that Ottawa will not see post season hockey for the first time since the 1996 season.

So how did we get here? For starters, we lost our two top defencemen, Redden and Chara and got literally nothing in return. That is the nature of today's NHL. We traded a disgruntled secondary scorer in Havlat for next nothing. His attitude towards the Sens left the organization in a tough situation which resulted in little leverage for the team to get any big returns. We did not know how to control egos like Ray Emery, creating a rift in a dressing room, leaving our team with a Gerber, starting goalie who can only be called that by name, not by his play on the ice. We signed our home grown talent to big money deals expecting them to shoulder loads they have not been able to shoulder their entire career, and expecting third line players like Chris Kelly to be second line players. We have surrounded our core with diminished role players, aging defencemen, and young players who haven't reached their "good years" yet. We passed up a deal for Roberto Luongo and decided we enjoy our goalie graveyard isn't big enough. Gerber's tombstone is getting engraved, and unfortunately Auld's will too by 2010.

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Sens Talk / At the 7.45% repeating mark of the season....
« on: November 02, 2008, 01:02:30 AM »
Can you make a realistic assumption that this team may not make the playoffs?

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Sens Talk / Alfie's future as a Sen in jeopardy?
« on: October 03, 2008, 10:11:07 PM »
This guy is going to be a Senator for life, no question...so I thought until watching TSN.ca's blurb about his upcoming option years and reading this: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=251414&lid=sublink03&lpos=topRelated_nhl

Could this team really let him walk on July 1 if they can't meet his and JP Barry's demands? Difficult to fathom but not totally out of the question I guess.

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Sens Talk / NHL Centre Ice for Sens games
« on: September 17, 2008, 11:37:22 PM »
Hey everyone. I've recently moved to the US Southwest which doesn't allow me to watch ANY sens games. Even in Vancouver I had a few a year...Anyways, I'm debating getting NHL Centre Ice so I can catch my Sens in action this season. Has anybody ordered this and found the cost worthwhile? Or should I stick to the team 1200 online radio broadcast? Thanks!

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Sens Talk / What to do with Meszaros?
« on: July 11, 2008, 09:25:19 PM »
So what do we do with this guy? He's not worth what he's asking for...not by a country mile. Do we let him walk? Sign n trade? Or just keep him and hope he develops and grows into his salary?

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Sens Talk / Here's a quirky stat...
« on: April 01, 2008, 10:22:00 PM »
Well, not so much quirky as depressing:

If the caps win one more game, the sens will be bumped from a playoff spot (pending the outcome from Boston and Philly who both have games in hand). They'll both have the same number of wins but because washington swept the sens in the season series, they'll have the second tie breaker. That's what it's come down to. The sens CANNOT lose another game. If they do and washington wins one, they no longer control their own destiny. Thankfully there's only two games left in the season

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Sens Talk / Potential Playoff Opponents
« on: March 26, 2008, 03:16:42 AM »
After the most recent loss to the habs, montreal can only win 2 of their remaining 5 and the sens have to win at least 3 of 5 in order to win the NE rendering it only mathematically possible to win the div and possibly the conference which leaves us with the question: Who will our opponent be? and who do we want it to be? If trends continue, the likely opponents will either be the devils or the hurricanes. I think the latter would be the optimal choice given the sens CRAPPY play for the duration of the season. 

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Sens Talk / Paddock reflects on tenure as head coach
« on: March 02, 2008, 02:40:19 PM »
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=231065&hubname=

interesting article. just goes to show you what a distraction emery really was. although he naturally can't be blamed for everything

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Sens Talk / Reunited and it feels so good!
« on: February 09, 2008, 11:47:55 PM »
but proves a bit worrisome also that we only seem to have one line that can produce offensively. Tonight's game just goes to show that this team lives and dies by the offensive productivity of alfredsson, spezza, and heatley

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Senators' goaltender Ray Emery has tested head coach John Paddock's patience once more by showing up late for practice following the All-Star break.

Emery showed up four minutes late for a 4pm skate at the Farmingdale Iceworks practice facility in Long Island on Monday as the team prepares to face the Islanders Tuesday.  He was then told not to join the team on the ice for practice.

Paddock has stated in the past that he likes his team to be at their practice facilities an hour before they hit the ice. For the second time this season Emery did not show up early enough for his coach's satisfaction.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=228402&hubname=


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Sens Talk / Sens to open 08-09 across the pond
« on: January 24, 2008, 01:25:09 PM »

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Sens Talk / Funny sens non-fight!
« on: January 09, 2008, 03:33:09 PM »
Found this one on ebaumsworld

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/71279/

just press play

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