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Sens Talk / The Official Karlsson Thread. [merged]
« on: October 13, 2009, 05:57:16 PM »
What do you guys think of the kid so far? I'm sticking to my guns in saying that there is no way he is ready for the NHL yet. He is way too small. His lack of size hasn't really left him KO'd or anything thus far, but he is constantly rushing plays, scrambling with the puck in trying to avoid being hit, making constant turnovers that have led directly to goals more than a few times. As for his offensive potential, well, he seems to have a decent shot, but he does not make very good decisions in the offensive zone. If we are going to run 5 forwards on the power play, we need to send this guy back to Sweden ASAP, because he is completely useless otherwise.

Am I missing anything here? Is my anti-Karlsson bias causing me to ignore some positives in his game?

Campoli has been kind of slumping so far as well. Both of these guys are way too small, but Campoli is much more accustomed to the pace and physicality at the NHL level. All of our "bottom pairing" type guys have outplayed Karlsson, and I see no reason why even Brian Lee wouldn't if he were up here.


General Hockey Discussions / Detroit Red Wings headline
« on: October 13, 2009, 04:23:32 PM »

General Hockey Discussions / Who would you rather have?
« on: October 12, 2009, 11:29:51 AM »
Nicklas Backstrom or Anze Kopitar
Shane Doan or Brenden Morrow
Patrick Sharp or Kris Versteeg
Dustin Penner or Jonathan Cheechoo
Cam Barker or Brent Seabrook
Dustin Brown or Nathan Horton
Nick Boynton or Ed Jovanovski
Pavel Kubina or Filip Kuba
Bill Guerin or Keith Tkachuk
Chris Mason or Steve Mason
Marek Svatos or Wojtek Wolski
Kirk Maltby or Kris Draper
Colby Armstrong or Cal Clutterbuck
Doug Weight or Owen Nolan

Sens Talk / Anybody hear about Spezza trying to fight Neil in practice?
« on: October 09, 2009, 02:23:51 PM »
Just heard a clip on NHL on the fly where they mentioned an incident involving Spezza trying to fight Neil at practice today. The way he explained it, Neil dropped the gloves, and Spezza ran away. Any articles on the incident?

Sens Talk / Top 20 Ottawa Senators Fights of All-Time
« on: September 30, 2009, 02:00:32 PM »
What do you think? Modern day franchise, of course. A lot of Sens get beat in these fights, but that is irrelevant. They are just the most entertaining Senators fights in my opinion.

4 of the top 5 are all between Dennis Vial and Rob Ray, who between them, had what may have been the most bitter and active rivalry ever. No question these two own 4 of the best 5 fights in Senators history. In fact, Dennis Vial makes up almost half of the top 20, but that was a different time.

1. Dennis Vial vs. Rob Ray November 19, 1995

2. Dennis Vial vs. Rob Ray - March 30, 1994

3. Dennis Vial vs. Rob Ray - April 10, 1996

4. Dennis Vial vs. Rob Ray - April 16, 1995

5. Brian McGrattan vs. Colton Orr - October 13, 2007

6. Dennis Vial vs. Marty McSorley, December 13, 1996

7. Andre Roy vs. PJ Stock - September 30, 2001

8. Chris Neil vs. Stephen Peat - January 3, 2002

9. Brian McGrattan vs. Todd Fedoruk - January 19, 2006

10. Dennis Vial vs. Brad May - March 20, 1994

11. Chris Neil vs. PJ Stock - January 17, 2002

12. Mike Fisher vs. Scott Walker - Dec 12, 2007

13. Chris Neil vs. Jesse Boulerice - November 20, 2004
This one way payback from their original fight, where Boulerice dropped Neil with a right which broke Chris' jaw. To my knowledge that was the only time Neil has been dropped.

14. Dennis Vial vs. Dan Kordic - November 30, 1996

15. Brian McGrattan vs. Eric Godard - December 23, 2006
These two have had a bitter rivalry going dating back to their battles between Binghamton and Bridgeport.

16. Francois Leroux vs. Darin Kimble - January 31, 1994

17. Dennis Vial vs. Rob DiMaio - October 16, 1994

18. Troy Mallette vs. Brad May - December 8, 1994
Mallette had jumped May in the previous game knocking him down. The two were at eachother in the box afterwards, and Brad May called Troy out in the media:
Round 2:

19. Wade Redden vs. Mike Grier - September 25, 2000

20. Todd Simpson vs. Darren Langdon - February 14, 2005

Sens Talk / Screw the Russians
« on: September 29, 2009, 09:21:55 PM »
Well our pal Ilya Zubov has asked for a trade. (Big surprise, isn't this how I predicted it would unfold for these so-called prospects years ago?) He now joins some pretty elite company of his fellow countrymen who have shit the bed and treated the team like they were owed something, and operated with a disgusting false sense of entitlement. These kids do not understand the concept of work, and they can all **** themselves as far as I'm concerned. They all had marginal skills and for some **** up reason were always at the top of the list when it came to call ups. **** 'em.

I thought I'd dig up some of these gems as of September '08:

Quote from: go_sens_go55555
Zubov and nikulin can be explained as 1. They both now have a North american pro season under their belt. They both posted decent rookie numbers(nikulin who is 1 year older, posted the better numbers). Now if they can both have a breakout season and maybe make the jump from career european/ahler to perhaps dastyuk,/zetterberg/alfredsson type is up to them. I'm looking for them to be close to a point a game(70-80 points).

Anything But Hockey / Chainsaw Maid
« on: September 29, 2009, 12:58:32 PM »
I know there are some zombie fans out there... At least a couple of you enjoy a good Bruce Campbell movie.  :laugh2:

Anything But Hockey / Any of you ever owned a St. Bernard?
« on: September 28, 2009, 01:52:03 PM »
Looking for some first-hand info on the breed.  :drink:

I'm getting a pup, and I've settled onto either a St. Bernard or a Newfoundland. Any info on either breed would be appreciated. If you've got any photos, post 'em.

Sens Talk / Cameras at SBP
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:35:17 PM »
Watching the Bruins at Senators game as we speak, and I thought I'd make a comment about the lackluster quality of the cameras at SBP; they suck, and there is no doubt in my mind that this is just an SD broadcast at 16:9 ratio. CBC broadcasts have better production, but even those are sub-par when compared to all other NHL teams' HD broadcasts.

General Hockey Discussions / The 2010 Toronto Maple Leafs
« on: September 22, 2009, 08:42:58 PM »
The story of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2010 season.

Character breakdown:

IN: Phil Kessel, Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, Garnet Exelby, Jonas Gustavsson, Colton Orr.
Potentially in: Nazim Kadri, Tyler Bozak, Viktor Stahlberg, Jason Allison, Christian Hanson, Jay Rosehill.

OUT: Nikolai Antropov, Pavel Kubina, Anton Stralman, Tim Stapelton, Kris Newbury, Jay Harrison.
Potentially out: Jeff Finger, Mike Van Ryn.

Quote from: Brian Burke
Our goal is to make the playoffs next year; we're going to have to make some changes to do it. We're going to be a different team. I like a lot of hitting. I like a lot of fighting. We have a passive group. All year long, when a trainer was on the ice -- it was always our trainer -- that really bothered me.

Is this a playoff team?

Never say never with Brian Burke, but as the pre-season winds down, it is probably safe to assume that, aside from a few kids who may surprise and steal a spot, Toronto's opening day roster is set. There are still a couple of pieces on defence in particular that could be moved. Looking at it from top to bottom, it is more than obvious that there has been a change of the guard, and Brian Burke is in full effect. The added toughness on the back end from free-agent signings such as Komisarek and Beauchemin will go a long way in wearing down divisional opponents, in fact, each defensive pairing will have someone more than capable of landing a game changing hit at any time. Beauchemin in particular is very intriguing since he was buried to a certain extent in Anaheim. He has an absolute rocket of a shot, which will be on display, blasting feather passes from Kaberle on the powerplay.

Toronto's crop of forwards are a different story. While they have improved overall with the acquisition of Phil Kessel and some creative college pick ups, their top 6 is still small, with relatively little star power. That being said, this is still the team that, despite being criticized in the media as being "a bunch of third liners," were able to grind it out and basically score at will for stretches of last season. I believe they have an interesting mix of forwards who will have good chemistry, and will find a way to get it done on a nightly basis. If the Leafs get off to a decent start to the season and are not in a hole by the time Kessel returns to the lineup, then yes; this is a playoff team. They still need to bring in some size up front to go along with their added toughness on the back end and on the 4th line. It would also be ideal for them to acquire a play making center to play with Kessel, who scored 60% of his goals off of passes from Marc Savard.

Projected lines:

Hagman - Stajan - Kessel
Ponikarovsky - Grabovski - Blake
Mitchell - Bozak - Stempniak
White - Primeau - Orr

Kaberle - Komisarek
Beauchemin - Schenn
Van Ryn - Exelby


This will be a very hard working and exciting team to watch. They could still use some more size up front, but this is a team that I would be proud to cheer for, and I will be watching them a lot this season. I believe they match up very well against divisional opponents, and will give a lot of teams headaches. Barring injuries and assuming Toskala has a solid year, (as he should) I could see this team landing somewhere between 5th and 9th in the Conference.

He comes back, accepts the original qualifying offer from the Rangers, and the Rangers refuse.  :laugh2:

The Post has learned that the agent for Nikolai Zherdev, who rejected the Rangers' $3.25 million qualifier and then became a free agent when the team walked away from his $3.9 million arbitration award, called the club this week offering to return for $3.25 million. The offer was refused.

Sens Talk / So who is our new assistant captain?
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:49:06 PM »
Despite being less than happy about the outcome of the Dany Heatley trade, I am glad that in ridding ourselves of our disgruntled star, we have also exorcised the uncommitted and poisoned attitude that goes along with harbouring a player who does not want to be here. In return, we have added a couple of hard working guys who will, if nothing else, be a positive in the dressing room.

So who gets the A?

Sens Talk / Training Camp Roster
« on: September 11, 2009, 06:40:50 PM »
Mike Brodeur (Rochester - AHL, Augusta - ECHL)
Andy Chiodo (Minsk - KHL)
Brian Elliott (Ottawa - NHL, Binghamton - AHL)
Chris Holt (Alaska - ECHL, Peoria - AHL, St. Louis - NHL)
Pascal Leclaire (Columbus - NHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Robin Lehner (Frolunda Jr. - Sweden)

Paul Baier (Portland - AHL)
Drew Bannister (Kassel - Germany)
Chris Campoli (N.Y. Islanders - NHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Jared Cowen (Spokane - WHL)
Erik Karlsson (Frolunda HC, Boras HC - Sweden)
Geoff Kinrade (Michigan Tech - WCHA, Norfolk - AHL, Tampa Bay - NHL)
Filip Kuba (Ottawa - NHL)
Tomas Kudelka (Binghamton - AHL)
Brian Lee (Binghamton – AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Chris Phillips (Ottawa - NHL)
Alexandre Picard (Ottawa - NHL)
Mat Robinson (Las Vegas - ECHL, Alaska-Anchorage - WCHA)
Craig Schira (Vancouver - WHL)
Derek Smith (Binghamton - AHL)
Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa - NHL)
Kyle Wharton (Johnstown - ECHL, Syracuse - AHL)

Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa - NHL)
Jason Bailey (Bakersfield - ECHL, Iowa - AHL)
Cody Bass (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Matt Carkner (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Erik Condra (Notre Dame - CCHA)
Keegan Dansereau (Swift Current - WHL)
Kaspars Daugavins (Binghamton - AHL, Mississauga - OHL)
Shean Donovan (Ottawa - NHL)
Mike Fisher (Ottawa - NHL)
Nick Foligno (Ottawa - NHL)
Denis Hamel (Binghamton - AHL)
Dany Heatley (Ottawa - NHL)
Josh Hennessy (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Mike Hoffman (Drummondville - QMJHL)
Ryan Keller (Espoo - Finland)
Chris Kelly (Ottawa - NHL)
Alex Kovalev (Montreal - NHL)
Casey Lee (U. of Saskatchewan - CWUAA)
Matt Lowry (Brandon - WHL)
Chris Neil (Ottawa - NHL)
Jim O’Brien (Seattle - WHL, Binghamton - AHL)
Brett Parnham (Oshawa - OHL, Rochester - AHL)
Peter Regin (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Jarkko Ruutu (Ottawa - NHL)
Christoph Schubert (Ottawa - NHL)
Ryan Shannon (Ottawa - NHL, Binghamton - AHL)
Zack Smith (Binghamton - AHL, Ottawa - NHL)
Jason Spezza (Ottawa - NHL)
Martin St. Pierre (Boston - NHL, Providence - AHL)
Brandon Svendsen (Idaho - ECHL, Bowling Green - CCHA)
Jesse Winchester (Ottawa - NHL)
Jeremy Yablonski (Binghamton - AHL)
Ilya Zubov (Binghamton AHL, Ottawa - NHL)


Jonathan Cheechoo
Milan Michalek

General Hockey Discussions / Fantasy Hockey League
« on: September 07, 2009, 08:50:49 PM »

This is mostly a league for some of my Ontario hockey buddies and I, but I figured I would open it up to any of you fine folks who may be interested in signing up. I usually buy the winner a case of beer. Not sure about the logistics of it this year being in NS, but I'll figure something out. There is a 16 team max, so sign up ASAP. The more we get the more competitive it will be.

League Info:
benchclearer (ID# 122417)
Password: stumpy

Live Online Draft is on Sunday September 13th at 8PM EST. If you can't make it to the draft, make sure you set up your automatic draft order before Sunday at 7:15PM EST.

Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions.

In a minor trade, the Senators have send Shawn Weller to the Ducks in exchange for former Ottawa 67's winger Jason Bailey.

Ducks, Sens swap forwards
Friday, 09.04.2009 / 2:36 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News
By Staff
The Anaheim Ducks traded Ottawa native Jason Bailey back to his hometown on Friday, sending the 22-year-old forward to the Senators for forward Shawn Weller.

The Ducks chose Bailey in the third round (No. 63) in the 2005 Entry Draft while he was playing for the University of Michigan. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder left the Wolverines midway through the 2006-07 season to play with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League. He split 2008-09, his first pro season, between Bakersfield of the ECHL and Iowa of the AHL, earning 2 assists and 35 penalty minutes in 44 games with Bakersfield and going scoreless in two games with Iowa.

Weller, a 23-year-old native of Glens Falls, N.Y., has played most of the past three seasons with Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton after spending three seasons at Clarkson University. In 70 games with Binghamton in 2008-09, he scored 4 goals and added 5 assists for 9 points with 70 PIM. He also had a goal and an assist with 2 PIM in four games for Elmira of the ECHL.

The Senators chose Weller in the third round (No. 77) in the 2004 Entry Draft.

General Hockey Discussions / 2010 Philadelphia Flyers
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:30:50 PM »
This team is looking ridiculously good on paper. You never know if big changes are coming in Philly, so who knows if this will be their roster for a big part of the season, but so far they are looking like some mix of this:

Simon Gagne - Mike Richards - Claude Giroux
Scott Hartnell - Jeff Carter - James Van Riemsdyk
Arron Asham - Daniel Briere - Daniel Carcillo
Riley Cote - Darrol Powe - Ian Laperriere

Chris Pronger - Braydon Coburn
Kimmo Timonen - Ryan Parent
Randy Jones - Ole-Kristian Tollefsen/Carle


To me, their only question mark is in goal, and I think Emery is going to have a whale of a season for them down there. I think they are built to take out the Pens, and would probably do it in a playoff series. Very entertaining lineup.

General Hockey Discussions / What will come of the "big" RFAs?
« on: September 03, 2009, 08:31:38 PM »
I just read that Phil Kessel may have been traded to the St. Louis Blues, and it got me thinking... The future of all 3 big ticket RFAs remains up in the air. Without a sniff of an offer-sheet this year, teams have been taking their sweet time negotiating with these guys. Kessel, Dubinsky, and Stafford all remain unsigned, with no (aside from the Kessel to everywhere rumours) resolution in sight.

Anybody want to take a stab at where these guys may end up? I for one think that Heater is no longer on most teams' radar since GMs know which select teams can actually get him to waive, so they can just wait until Murray crumbles. In the meantime, I could see the same teams shifting their focus onto Kessel, Edmonton in particular.


Polls, Polls, Polls, What Sayeth You / Pop quiz...
« on: August 22, 2009, 12:52:59 PM »
I am a bit of an egotistical wanker, but I am also a good sport, so in combining those two parts of my personality, I created this poll. I want to gauge what kind of vibe I give off since quite a few of you guys and gals get so worked up about me.  :laugh2:

So take your best shot.  :drink:

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