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Top Prospects & Binghamton Senators / Anyone hear any news about.....
« on: January 27, 2012, 10:45:23 AM »
a new agreement between Ottawa and Binghamton?  Last June it was reported that something should be done by the beginning of the season yet still no word out yet.  Any rumors up there???  It's pretty damn quiet down here. 

Sens Talk / The NHL's five least-improved teams
« on: July 15, 2011, 09:19:01 AM »
From The Hockey News:

3. Ottawa Senators

Speaking of total disasters, have you seen what currently projects to be Ottawa’s second forward line? Its 2011 first round draft pick Mika Zibanejad centering Nick Foligno and Bobby Butler. I’m surprised schlock movie director Michael Bay isn’t lobbying to film that trio.

Then there’s the Senators’ defense, which is comprised of two slightly mobile turnstiles (Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba), a 21-year-old up-and-comer in Erik Karlsson, and a depreciating asset named Chris Phillips.

Given that information, it is nothing short of baffling to think of what GM Bryan Murray did this summer. He signed Zenon Konopka to toughen up Ottawa’s fourth line when the team already had a tough guy in Chris Neil. And he signed Alex Auld to back up Craig Anderson in net. This is akin to someone who is burdened with a Jimmy Durante schnozz opting for laser eye surgery and a pedicure. See you at the draft lottery, Sens fans.

And if Spezza and Alfie can't stay healthy that second line may just become the first line.  Binghamton isn't shaping up to look much better.  This should be an interesting season to watch, or not.   ;)


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators have issued the following statement regarding assistant coach Steve Stirling:
“Binghamton Senators assistant coach Steve Stirling experienced chest pains while at the Broome County Veterans Memorial this afternoon. Coach Stirling was then taken to UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City where he underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery and is now resting comfortably.
Coach Stirling will not travel with the team to Houston for their remaining games in the 2011 American Hockey League Calder Cup Finals.
The Binghamton Senators organization asks the fans and the community for their thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery for Coach Stirling.”

Get well soon Coach. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. 

Come on B-Sens, let's win this one for Steve.   

The complete schedule for the 2011 Calder Cup Finals is as follows:
Game 1 – Fri., May 27 – Binghamton at Houston, 8:35 ET
Game 2 – Sat., May 28 – Binghamton at Houston, 8:35 ET
Game 3 – Wed., June 1 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 ET
Game 4 – Fri., June 3 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 ET
Game 5 – Sat., June 4 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Tue., June 7 – Binghamton at Houston, 8:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Thu., June 9 – Binghamton at Houston, 8:05 ET (if necessary)

Only game I can catch is the Wednesday night in Binghamton.   :sad   I'll have my phone near by for Tweets from the local newspaper reporter though, for the rest of the games.  Sigh**  Well at least I get to watch one game in person.    :happy dance:  Let the games begin!!


Sens Talk / Ruutu to Aneheim for a pick
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:49:02 PM »
According to Ian Mendes.... 

Maybe a 6th round draft pick????

Sens Talk / Benoit and Greening called up.
« on: February 17, 2011, 10:17:44 AM »
Good for them, bad for the both Senators team.  However more so for the Binghamton Senators as now we are pretty well depleted.  I wish them well but hope they all come back soon. I can't imagine the guys who are out from the Ottawa Sens are in any big hurry to get back on the ice.   SUCK IT UP big Sens and get back to work.   :shake: 

The guys did great at the AHL All Star Game the past two days.  Butler with a goal and three assists in his AHL All Star debut, and Locke with two assists in his fifth All-Star Game. Corey Locke eads all-time AHL ASG scoring with 11 points.

 Butler was the 2011 All-Star game MVP.    :ccclapping:

They also did very well in the skills competition. 

For more information go to:

Sens Talk / Collin Greening...
« on: January 31, 2011, 12:54:25 PM »
gets the call today.  Showcasing him?? I kinda doubt it but who know what is on the Ottawa management's minds.  He played at Cornell last year.  I'm guessing Ottawa will be calling up different people to get a look see before the trade deadline. 

Oh and Lehner was called up too.

Good luck to both of them.  I imagine I will see them back in Bingo soon enough though.

Anything But Hockey / Happy Birthday Broken Bones.
« on: August 26, 2010, 08:22:28 PM »
Come on everyone, sing with me.........

Hope you had a great day.


From Binghamton Press:

The Ottawa Senators just named Kurt Kleinendorst the new head coach of the Binghamton Senators, signing him to a two-year deal.

The 49-year-old Kleinendorst spent last season as head coach of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 team. The squad won gold at the 2010 IIHF Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Belarus.

Kleinendorst, who also served as Team USA's assistant coach at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, previously spent nine years in the New Jersey Devils organization, including three as head coach of the AHL's Lowell Devils.

Anything But Hockey / All the Sexy Ladies....
« on: July 04, 2010, 09:41:38 AM »
Ok that's not really the name of it but it got your attention didn't it.

This is for all the ladies of a "certain age" and for all you young "studs", something for you to look forward to.   :A_laughing_matter:

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators, in conjunction with their National Hockey League affiliate, the Ottawa Senators, announced today that Don Nachbaur has announced his resignation as head coach due to personal reasons.
“It is a difficult day for me as I step down as the head coach of the Binghamton Senators. This was not an easy decision for me, but it is based on personal reasons and I think it is the right choice for both myself and my family,” said Nachbaur. “I would like to thank the Ottawa Senators, specifically Bryan Murray and Tim Murray, as well as Tom Mitchell and the Binghamton Senators for the opportunity to be part of a terrific organization. I wish them nothing but success in the future.”
Nachbaur was named head coach on July 17, 2009. In one season behind the bench, he led Binghamton to a 36-35-6-3 record and 81 points. The B-Sens finished fifth overall in the American Hockey League’s East Division.

 :smily677:  Yet another coach coming to Binghamton.   :duh

13   (Click here for pictures of the vehicle)

Kirkwood, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Philadelphia Flyer player Daniel Briere and his son were involved in a crash on Interstate 81 North in Kirkwood.
They were not seriously injured.

New York State Police say the 2010 Land Rover driven by 32 year old Daniel Briere of Haddonfield, New Jersey was traveling in the passing lane next to a tractor trailer.

Troopers say Briere was drowsy and drifted into the right lane. The Land Rover side-swiped the tractor trailer.

The truck then swerved, jack-knifed, and rolled.  It came to a stop across both lanes of 81 North around 12:30 am Thursday.

Briere's Land Rover hit a guiderail and came to a stop.  Police say the truck driver, Briere, and his 9 year old son all had minor injuries.

They were taken to Wilson Hospital, where they were treated and released.  Briere plays for the Stanley Cup Runner Up Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League.

He was a former Buffalo Sabre.

I don't care who he plays for, I'm just glad everyone was ok.

This may get booted to the gutter thread but what the heck, here goes.

 :A_laughing_matter: :oops

My apologies if this is a repeat.   Too good not to share.


General Hockey Discussions / NHL on NBC
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:29:37 PM »
Watch a Canadian Team on NBC???  NO WAY  :fear:

 :A_laughing_matter: :A_laughing_matter: :A_laughing_matter:

Tonight's game (Friday 3/19) B-Sens were up by one goal after enjoying a 3 goal lead in the first two periods.    (Sounds familiar  :icon_banghead:)   Rochester pulls their goalie with a minute left in the game.  Erik Condra (I think it was him anyway) drives to the net and shoots high and completely misses the net.  Rochester player snatches it and takes it down the ice and shoots.  Goalie Chris Holt stops the shot, puts the puck on the ice, hits it hard and ......... Yes that's right sports fans, he gets an empty net goal. 

This was all very exciting for many reasons:

1) It pretty much guaranteed the B-Sens a home win after loosing the last 7 home games.   
2) The look on the Rochester coach's face was priceless.
3) How very, very, very excited Chris Holt was after scoring the goal and 
4) To hear the announcer after the game say "And the number one star of the game with one goal and 30 saves..... Chris Holt."   :banana:

He really had the arena rocking with that one, that's for sure. 
This is actually the second time in Binghamton this has happened (first time with the B-Sens though) and only the 10th time in all of AHL history. 

The B-Sens have taken off like wild fire as of late.  They have gone 8-3 in their last 11 games with 8 of those games on the road.  Someone really should tell them to start playing BEFORE March next year.   :icon_banghead:  No play-offs again this year, 5th year in the row.  Nonetheless, it's still fun to watch games like these past few home games. 

I will try to find a video of that goal and post it tomorrow. 

Here is the AHL website link.  Turns out he is actually the 6th goalie to score a goal by sending it across the ice.  WOW.

Sens Talk / Brian Lee..... Bye Bye???
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:37:16 PM »
Brian Lee was just called up to Ottawa.  Hmmm with two games this weekend here in Bingo, I have to believe they may have finally found a taker for him.   Anyone hear anything else?  Any rumors out there I missed?


Over the last the few years the Ottawa Senators relationship with their AHL affiliate in Binghamton has been strained to say the least.

Anyone who even remotely follows the situation would know how former GM John Muckler and CEO/President of the Sens Roy Mlakar were downright awful with the fine folks in Bingo.  It got to the point that they wouldn't even show their faces down in Bingo.  The current situation has Randy Lee or Pierre Dorion travelling to Bingo for anything related to the hockey club.  Sens GM Bryan Murray along with Assistant GM Tim Murray both haven't been down to Binghamton in well over a year now, which is absolutely unacceptable if you are a Sens fan considering you need to cultivate and take care of your draft choices.  It blows me away that the bread and butter of your organization can be so distant as you need to make these players realize and understand what lies ahead.  It all begs to question why does Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk allow this to continue?  Well it all looks to be coming to a head.

After speaking with two sources very close to the situation over the last 5 days since I was first given a heads up on this situation, it looks as though Melnyk is finally taking control of a fractured relationship between the Sens and their AHL affiliate.

Melnyk has held talks with the city of Cornwall in hopes of bringing the Sens AHL affliate closer to home.  First Melnyk must purchase the team from majority owner Tommy Mitchell which seems to be something Mitchell won't have any problem doing as the NY Rangers would love to bring back their AHL team to Bingo since departing back in 1998.  The Hartford Wolfpack have floundered financially for years and the city of Hartford would love to unload the team to a willing owner.

Ottawa has two years left on their agreement once the season ends with Binghamton but if Mitchell agrees to sell the team it won't matter what is in the AHL affliliate agreement.  It would be easy for Melnyk to then start up operations in Cornwall.  The funny thing is that the Broome County Arena in Binghamton is identical to the arena in Cornwall.  I was told by one source that if you walked into the arena in Cornwall you would swear you were in Binghamton to watch the Baby Sens.  The dimensions of the ice and layout are identical in every aspect. Question is, can all of it happen this year? There is a 50/50 chance on the change occurring at the end of this season, with arena renovations that need to be made in Cornwall, I would say it most likely would happen the following season.

With the Edmonton Oilers moving their AHL affiliate from Springfield to Oklahoma City for next season and the Carolina Hurricanes moving their affliliate in Albany to Charlotte, all of a sudden the AHL has a few openings in longstanding AHL hockey markets.  Springfield is the location of the AHL headquarters so one has to think a team would dropped back in Springfield.

After speaking with a source in the AHL front office, with Minnesota having their farm team in Houston, Phoenix has their AHL team in San Antonio and Edmonton having their afflilate in Oklahoma City next year, all of a sudden the SouthWest is strong with AHL teams.  Don't forget the Dallas Stars now have their farm club in Austin after the operations in Iowa were suspended this past season.

For Sens fans, the potential move would be a quick drive for anyone down the highway for anyone to see how the prospects are doing and hopefully Sens management wouldn't be so absent from the farm team the way things stand now.

Expect to hear more on this in the coming months as Melnyk tries to negotiate a deal with Tommy Mitchell.  Ottawa would have to get everything rolling on this within a few weeks of the season ending to make sure a smooth transition takes place.

I know it's Kevin Lee saying this but let me just say he was dead on about the tension between Binghamton and Ottawa before he left Eklunds site.  This wouldn't surprised me one bit as many people here have been crying for the Rangers to come back. Not me of course.  ;)   Tom Mitchell has said that "It's brand new news to me" however, the article did say Melnyk is still trying to get a deal done with Cornwall so Mitchell may not be privy to this just yet.   :smily677:  This kinda goes along with what I have been saying about the straining of relations here as of late.  I won't be able to get behind the NY Rangers but the Binghamton Rangers, that I could...... once again.   

Maybe I should start cheering for the Penguins and stay neutral....  :icon_hiding2:

What do you think?

Sens Talk / Daugavins recalled, St Pierre returned.
« on: January 13, 2010, 06:05:44 PM »
TTAWA - The Ottawa Senators today recalled forward Kaspars Daugavins and re-assigned Martin St. Pierre to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.
Daugavins has scored 11 goals, added 10 assists and has five multi-point games in 37 games with the B-Sens, and was named to Team Latvia on Dec. 29 for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. This is his first career call-up with the Senators and NHL.
In four seasons split between Binghamton and Ontario Hockey League’s St. Michael’s Majors, he has 17 career AHL goals, 12 assists and 24 penalty minutes over 73 games.The 6-0, 205-pound native of Riga, Latvia, was Ottawa’s second third-round selection (91st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
St. Pierre was called up for the first time this season on Jan. 8. He played in Ottawa’s last three games and was held scoreless, averaging 9:37 in time-on-ice per game.
The 26-year old has scored 14 goals and added 21 assists for a team-leading 35 points in 34 games with the B-Sens. St. Pierre was recently named to the Canadian all-star team for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic to be played in February.

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