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Polls, Polls, Polls, What Sayeth You / Start of the NHL Season.
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:25:12 PM »
I'm picking option 5.  I don't think they will want to tarnish this event by having to cancel it, but I don't think that they will get a deal done before then.

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Other Sports Talk / ESPN 2012 Pro Sports Franchise Rankings
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:39:54 PM »

ESPN has released this years rankings of all the franchises from the major pro leagues (NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA) in North America. 

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/teamrankings


The Canadian Teams are ranked:


Ottawa Senators - 42
Toronto Blue Jays - 79
Winnipeg Jets - 91
Vancouver Canucks - 92
Toronto Raptors - 103
Calgary Flames - 106
Montreal Canadiens - 111
Edmonton Oilers - 114
Toronto Maple Leafs - 122


No Canadian team in the top third, and five of them ranked lower than 100 out of 122 franchises.

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Sens Talk / Bobby Butler bought out by Senators
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:02:56 PM »
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=401568


Had a one way contract and not much chance of making the team in Ottawa this year.  Has the offensive talent but did not seem to be developing the other parts of his game.


This gives him a chance to catch on with another team.  Also makes room for a FA signing as Ottawa was getting very close to the maximum number of players (50) they can have under contract.

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Sens Talk / Carkner out at least a month ...
« on: October 03, 2011, 03:24:11 PM »
... following knee surgery.


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=377330

Leaves room for both Rundblad and Cowen to stick in Ottawa to start the season.
Hopefully Kuba will have been traded before they have to send one of them down  :smily1263:


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Was in Ottawa and caught the rookies working out at SensPlex.  Here's a few thoughts on the guys I noticed on the ice.

Defence

Rundblad
- was the best player on the ice, and probably the only one that looked to be NHL ready.  If he got beat while I was watching practice, I missed it.

Cowen
- battled hard on everything and looks improved.  Should be that hard nosed tough D-man that every forward hates to play against.   Doesn't look NHL ready yet, a year in the AHL is probably the best thing for his development. 

Wiercioch
- will probably be in Ottawa eventually, but like Cowen looks like another year playing top pair minutes in the AHL would probably be best for his development.

Blood
-  does not anticipate the play or react to it quickly enough to make the next step to the NHL.  Will be a career AHL player if he can not improve upon that aspect of his game. 


Forward

Silfverberg
- has talent, but still looks a year away.  Going back to Sweden for one more year was probably the right decision for this kid to make.  Should make a serious run at a roster spot in Ottawa the following year.

Caporusso
- skates well and seems to have decent vision.  Will probably be back in the AHL this year, but will probably be one of the first call ups if Ottawa runs into injury trouble.

Zibanejad
- talented but doesn't look ready.  I expect he will spend next year playing in Sweden.  If he does not make the NHL the next year hopefully the fans in Bingo will get to watch him for a year.  Longer term, could develop into the number two center Ottawa so badly needs.

Noesen
- not the best skater, but moves into the open ice very well once he is within 40 feet or so of the net.  I expect he will end up back in junior next year.

Puempel
- didn't stand out much, will probably end up back in junior next year.

Prince
- didn't stand out much, will probably end up back in junior next year.


The rest of the forwards looked like long shots to ever see much playing time in the NHL.


The goalies were a bunch of college kids  and I think they may have been brought in just to stop pucks for rookie camp.


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Sens Talk / Alfie Having Back Surgery Friday
« on: June 07, 2011, 03:29:16 PM »
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=368162

4-6 week recovery time.

Article also says that Murray looking to have a new head coach by the end of the week.

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Top Prospects & Binghamton Senators / Senators Sign Two Prospects
« on: May 30, 2011, 05:51:09 PM »
Signed forward Jakob Silfverberg to a three-year, entry- level contract.
http://senators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=564181&cmpid=rss-News%20in%20English

Signed forward Louie Caporusso to two-year, entry-level contract.
http://senators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=564173&cmpid=rss-News%20in%20English



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Anything But Hockey / iPhone4 vs HTC Evo
« on: January 06, 2011, 05:00:33 PM »
Placed here in the gutter due to language.  (moved back so more people can see it. Be warned: bad language :)  metalhawk)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg

I'm not a fan of HTC devices as I've never found them to be built well or reliable, but this poking fun an Apple fans who will buy Apple devices at all costs and despite the short comings of Apple device and software is hilarious.

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Anything But Hockey / Taser introduces 3-stun gun
« on: July 27, 2009, 04:17:35 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/07/27/taser-stun-gun845.html

Now able to stun three times before it needs charging.  With the better alternatives that are available, why are these things even legal?

If the police were to use a device that sent an electric charge through a persons body after they were in custody, there would be a huge outcry about police brutality and how it is torture to inflict electric shocks on another human being. 
But if it's done before they are in custody it's somehow OK  :I don't get it:

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General Hockey Discussions / Blackhawks looking to reduce cap space?
« on: July 15, 2009, 03:27:06 PM »
Don't have an online source, but I heard rumour that Chicago is not looking to reduce cap space after their RFA qualifying offer screw up has cost them valuable cap space that will be needed to keep Kane & Toews.

What I heard is that they are shopping any or all of Campbell, Sharp, Versteeg, and Byfuglien.

I'll pass on Campbell, but the other three would look good in Senators uniforms (if there is any truth to this).

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General Hockey Discussions / Schaefer waived by Boston
« on: June 29, 2009, 05:58:09 PM »
From TSN:  http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283226

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Boston has waived winger Peter Schaefer, who spent all of last season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, scoring 26 points and putting up a plus-5 rating in 47 games.  The soon-to-be 32-year-old was scheduled to make $2.1-million in 2009-2010.

St. Louis also waived Jay McKee and Brett McLean was waived by Florida.

Buyout season is here, wonder how many more there will be.

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General Hockey Discussions / Campbell signs with Chicago
« on: July 01, 2008, 05:48:57 PM »
8 years at $7.1-million/year

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General Hockey Discussions / Capitals re-sign defenceman Mike Green
« on: July 01, 2008, 11:06:32 AM »
$21-million over 4 years for a cap hit of $5.25-million/year.

Wonder if this will increase Meszaros' salary demands?

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Sens Talk / Ottawa Will Be Targeting Campbell
« on: March 07, 2008, 12:33:14 PM »
Rumour according to SportsNet is that the Senators will be pursuing Brian Campbell as Redden's replacement if Campbell does not sign an extension with the Sharks before July 1.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2008/03/07/ottawa_will_be_targeting/

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General Hockey Discussions / Dear Leafs, I'm breaking up with you
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:47:43 PM »
From YouTube ... made me laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcEink9PE9k


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Sens Talk / Ottawa Senator faces off against Facebook phonies
« on: October 29, 2007, 02:50:58 PM »
Some NHL players are worried about the number of people posing as them on the popular social networking site Facebook.

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher says he discovered through friends that someone on Facebook a website where people set up profiles and exchange messages and photos was posing as him.

Full Story:  http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/10/26/facebook-nhl.html


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 Looks like the Rangers are challenging Bettman's empire building in taking over all the teams web sites and merchandising.  When the NHL took all this over I couldn't help but think back to the rumour during the lock out about all the teams being owned by a single conglomerate and wonder if this was Bettman trying to take steps in that direction.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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The NHL violated antitrust laws and is acting like "an illegal cartel" by monopolizing control of team promotions, Madison Square Garden claimed in a lawsuit Friday.

Full Story: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2007/09/28/msg-nhl-lawsuit.html

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Anything But Hockey / I got to try out an iPhone ...
« on: August 03, 2007, 01:37:54 AM »
... for about 20 minutes one day in the office .  Here's my initial thoughts now that I've had the chance to get my hands on one.

So slim you could forget easily forget it's there.  Makes me wonder how durable they will prove to be once they've been torture tested by the average consumer for a couple of years.  Have to wait & see how they hold up.

The screen is absolutely the clearest I've ever seen on a mobile device.  The touch screen interface is easy enough to use, and the drag your fingers to scroll across the page works very well.  As does the using your fingers to zoom in and out of a page.  With the application launch buttons I found that you had to be very precise in pressing the buttons on the screen.  The slightest dragging of your finger on the screen and the app doesn't launch.  May be something i would get more used to the longer I used it.  As with many Apple products the user interface is very well done, but the one thing that I didn't like was that the Contacts application is only available from inside other apps.  i.e. you have to have to have the phone open or another application that uses contacts before the button to open your contacts is on the screen.  I live in my contacts and calendar on my mobile device, so not having the contacts button right there all the time would drive me nuts (but that's just me).

As for the functionality, it certainly has everything the home consumer would want (MP3 player, browser, camera, etc.).  For the office worker it comes with built in SyncML client, which makes syncronising your calendar & contacts to your computer or most modern messaging servers is quick and easy to set up.  Syncronising email looked to be a little more complex to set up, but I only looked at that for about a minute.  So I think the average office worker would be happy with one.  Tech workers such as myself that remote into servers and other computers from our mobile devices won't find everything we need in an iPhone, but we're a very small part of the market (and not one that Apple is targeting here).

Looks like the service will be provided by Rogers here in Canada (at least this one was hooked up to Rogers).

If I get another chance to have a look at one for longer I'll post a little more about the applications on the phone.  Since there was a decent discussion here about the iPhone when it was announced, I thought I'd share my first impression of one.
Anyone else had the chance to try one yet?  Definitely a cool little device that's worth a try if you get the chance  :smily698:

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Sens Talk / Chris Kelly signed to 1 year deal
« on: July 31, 2007, 11:33:27 AM »
According to the sportsnet.ca signing tracker.

http://www4.sportsnet.ca/nhl_signings_2007/

Terms TBA.

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2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs / Chanting the opposing goalies name ...
« on: April 30, 2007, 07:28:47 PM »
Watching early in game 3 and listening to the crowd chant the visiting goalies name, and I have to wonder ...

Does this really throw a goalie off his game, or make him pick it up a notch.

In the Pittburgh series the Penguins fans started chanting Emery's name early and often, and he played great in both games in the Igloo.

Now I'm wondering if the Ottawa crowd is only going to make Brodeur play better by chanting his name.

Maybe with a young goalie, but this is Martin Brodeur we are talking about.  After a few Cup rings and an Olympic gold medal, is the opposing crowd chanting his name really going to rattle this guy?  I have to wonder if it won't backfire and pump him up, make him play better.  Something about letting sleeping dogs lie comes to mind ...

 :GO RAYZOR:

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